Phantom Ranch Information


Changes to Phantom Ranch Operations, During 2022

The National Park Service (NPS) implemented modifications to operations at Phantom Ranch during 2021.

These changes are in response to guidance from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The Phantom Ranch Wastewater Treatment Plant (PRWWTP), located at the bottom of Grand Canyon, requires critical rehabilitation due to deferred maintenance and increased visitation levels.

In order to reduce water and wastewater demands to the PRWWTP, the NPS has limited overnight use and existing visitor facilities at Phantom Ranch. This project is anticipated to last approximately 18-24 months.

Modified operations will impact both NPS and Xanterra Phantom Ranch facilities. At Bright Angel Campground, site reservations have been decreased by 50% with a reduction in flush toilet restrooms for both day and overnight users.

Phantom Ranch has closed all hiker dormitories and suspend all guest showers for the duration of the project. The hiker dormitories have been closed since March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 virus and will remain closed throughout the duration of this project.

On Feb. 8, 2022, the first phase of short-term repairs and upgrades to the Phantom Ranch Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) started. Work is anticipated to be completed by December 2022 and includes two phases of hauling equipment via helicopters. The first phase is anticipated to go through March, and the second phase is expected to resume in September. Details >

Slideshow of various scenes of cabins and nature at Phantom Ranch including: rustic stone and wood cabins. hiker dormitories, Mule riders below cottonwood trees, trail beneath cliffs leading to ranch, hitching post, benches by cabins.
Some Views of Phantom Ranch

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Staying Overnight

Phantom Ranch, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, is a popular destination for both hikers and mule riders. Overnight hiker dormitories and cabins can be reserved and meals are available for purchase.

Advance reservations for meals and lodging at Phantom Ranch are required. Reservations are made through Xanterra via an on-line lottery 15 months in advance. The park's Backcountry Information Center does not make reservations for Phantom Ranch lodging or meals. Overnight guests of Phantom Ranch who have advance reservations do not need to obtain backcountry camping permits.

Reservations for meals and lodging are required.
Make reservations on-line up to 15 months in advance at
An NPS backcountry permit is not required for overnight stays at the dormitories or cabins at Phantom Ranch

Learn more: Read the Phantom Ranch Lottery FAQ

To view more photos of Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon:

Grand Canyon mule head in profile.

Mule Trip Information

Taking a mule ride at the Grand Canyon is a tradition that began more than 100 years ago.

Trips into the canyon - as well as rides through the park's woodlands to scenic canyon overlooks - are offered on both the North and South Rims. More...

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Visit Phantom Ranch, a historic oasis nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon; a storied place that can only be reached on foot, by mule, or by rafting the Colorado River.


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HIKE SMART - For a Safe and Enjoyable Trip

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Phantom Ranch Walking Tour Booklet Shows black and white photo of five people posing arm-in-arm.

Phantom Ranch Self-guided Walking Tour

(2.60 MB PDF File) revised 12/2013

Like a long-forgotten diary in a dusty cellar, Phantom Ranch tells stories of a time gone by.

On this walking tour, follow along in the diaries and footsteps — of Phantom Ranch’s pioneers.



Last updated: March 14, 2022

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