Peak tourist season at the Grand Canyon is upon us. Nearly four of the five million annual visitors will descend upon the national park between May and September, and about half of them are seeking lodging inside the park boundaries. Are you one of them? One of our readers wrote in asking for information on Phantom Ranch, perhaps the most popular Grand Canyon National Park lodges. Read on to get tips about staying at Phantom Ranch and links to information on all the Grand Canyon National Park lodges.
Dear Arizona Travel,
I visited Phantom Ranch at the Grand Canyon back in 1995 and loved it; it’s definitely time to do it again. What are the rates at Phantom Ranch and what do I need to know about staying there? Also, I plan to leave a car at the North Rim and hike down the Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch. I need information on shuttle transportation from the South Rim back to the North Rim.
René from Toronto, ON, Canada
A stay at Phantom Ranch, the only lodging located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, is one of the most in-demand experiences at the Grand Canyon. Operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts South Rim, Phantom Ranch can only be reached by Colorado River raft or by mule or on foot via the Bright Angel and Kaibab trails. Visitors stay comfortably in dormitories or rustic cabins, and reservations can be made up to 13 months in advance. Due to high demand for overnight stays at Phantom Ranch, advance reservations should be made as far in advance as possible. If you’re late to the party, don’t despair. If you have flexible dates, you could get lucky and nab a room if someone else cancels. Persistence is key, so call Xanterra every day and keep checking back. To reserve a stay and get detailed information about the Grand Canyon National Park lodges, you must call 888.29.PARKS (888.297.2757) toll-free within the U.S. or 303.29.PARKS (303.297.2757) outside the U.S. or fill out the reservation request form at Xanterra Parks & Resorts’ website: http://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/lodging-704.html.
Shuttle bus transportation between the South and North Rims of the Grand Canyon is available from mid-May through mid-October. This service is provided by Transcanyon Shuttle. Rates are available by calling Transcanyon Shuttle directly. The shuttle departs North Rim at 7:00am and arrives at South Rim at 12 noon. Shuttle departure from South Rim is at 1:30pm, arriving back at North Rim at 6:30pm. Special schedule arrangements can be made with advance notice. Reservation deposit is requested at least 30 days in advance (deposit is 1/2 of the total price). Deposit can be made by personal check, cashier’s check or money order. No credit cards are accepted at this time. Mail your reservation payment to: Transcanyon Shuttle PO Box 348 Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023 Or, call them at (928)-638-2820 for more information.
Enjoy your trip!