by Whitney Rife
Guests saunter down the Grand Canyon on mules to get to Phantom Ranch. Don’t like mules? The lodge can also be reached by foot or raft. Phantom Ranch is the only lodging facility below the Canyon rim, which makes it very popular. Guests must book at least 13 months in advance. Families who want to “rough it” will enjoy the rustic nature of Phantom Ranch. Dorm rooms accommodations and cabins are available. Dorms are separated for men and women, each containing 10 bunk beds. Cabins are small and rustic with bunk beds and private bathrooms. Both are temperature controlled for all seasons. Phantom Ranch Canteen is the gathering place to meals. Meals are cooked with fresh ingredients. Cowboy-style breakfasts offer up coffee and box lunches are provided. Vegetarian meals are also available. Meals are not included in rates and must be reserved in advance with room reservations. Sundries are also provided in this area of the lodge.
Our Editor Loves
- Set below the Canyon rim
- Mule ride to the lodge
- Private, rustic cabins
by Megan P
Like many, we booked our trip to Phantom Ranch a year out and were not disappointed! We arrived around 11 am to Phantom Ranch and even though we weren't able to check in yet they were very nice and accommodating at the canteen. We were able to get a cabin with AC and use of the shower which was awesome after hiking for two days! We had the stew dinner which was very good, and breakfast the next morning which was delicious! We also ordered a sack lunch to go which was the perfect amount of food for our trip to Indian Garden.
Overall everyone was so nice at Phantom Ranch, and even though its a challenge to get there it is so worth it! Just wish they were still able to have a pool like in the old days!
My friends and I rented cabin #9 (10 person cabin). It was amazing. It is air conditioned and has a small washroom.
The canteen is closed from 4pm-8pm to serve dinner (two seatings 5pm and 6:30) and doesn't open until after breakfast is served (10am??) So if you want to buy anything plan around those open hours. We all enjoyed the meals and the great service from the amazing team at the Phantom Ranch. The canteen serves beer and wine but it must be consumed inside the canteen (FYI). Canteen also has a variety of games available for public use. If you would like ice to put in your bladder/water bottle in the morning just buy the ice the night before and you can pick it up during breakfast (they put your name on a 10# bag and just ask for it when leaving breakfast), you cannot buy ice during breakfast.
There is a stream behind cabin #9 that we sat in for a bit and it provided great relief for our sore muscles.
Our cabin was very clean, not a cobweb anywhere. The beds are comfortable and the bunks are pretty high so the person on the bottom has a bit of head room.