Grand Canyon River name

Phantom Ranch is a historic oasis nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon. It is on the north side of the Colorado River tucked in beside Bright Angel Creek. Phantom is the only lodging below the canyon rim, and can only be reached by mule, on foot or by rafting the Colorado River. Scenic view of Phantom Ranch in the Fall

In the 1920’s, the National Park Service selected the Fred Harvey Company to build a tourist facility within the canyon. Mary Jane Colter was commissioned to draft the plans for the facility. She produced sketches for a series of cabins. Everyone was pleased and announced they would name it Roosevelt’s Chalets. Upon which she snatched up her work and declared, “Not if you are going to be using my work”. A consummate perfectionist, she had already chosen the name: Phantom Ranch. The rustic cabins and main lodge are built of wood and native stone blending with the natural beauty of the setting.

Accommodations at Phantom Ranch

All Phantom Ranch reservations must be made in advance. Space is extremely limited. You can’t have extra people stay under your reservation. People may not double-up in the bunks or sleep on the floors.

HIKERS – If you are hiking the canyon or meeting /departing a white water trip, and wish to stay at Phantom Ranch in a cabin or a dorm, you must call our Central Reservations Office. Due to the popularity and high demand for Phantom Ranch reservations, bookings are on a first come first serve basis. Room inventory opens for sale 13 months prior to your desired arrival date, on the first day of each month. The walk to the Phantom Ranch is approximately 7.3 miles down the South Kaibab Trail (average hiking time is 3-4 hours down) and 10.3 miles on the Bright Angel Trail (average hiking time down is 4-6 hours, average hiking time up is 6-10 hours).

Please contact our Central Reservations Office to speak with one of our knowledgeable Reservations Agents toll free:

Central Reservations Hours of Operation
Daily – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time (observing daylight savings time)
Toll-free within the U.S. 888-29-PARKS (888-297-2757)
Outside the U.S. 303-29-PARKS (303-297-2757)

What time is it?

Time is confusing out here! Grand Canyon is located in Arizona, and does not follow daylight savings as it is in the Mountain Standard Time Zone. However Denver, where our Central Reservations Office is located, does follow DST as it is in the Mountain Time Zone. Click here to check what time it is at our Central Reservations Office.

NOTES: The reservations Office is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

As of Monday, April 27, 2015 each caller will be limited to making one new reservation per phone call. Additionally, each reservation may include up to a maximum of nine guests for up to a maximum of four consecutive nights. Additionally, if a caller/guest has reserved multiple reservations via multiple phone calls, the maximum consecutive nights cannot be exceeded for that guest.

Overnight accommodations at Phantom Ranch consist of dormitory spaces and cabins. Cabins and dormitories are heated in winter and cooled during the summer months.

  • Dormitories – These accommodations are available to hikers only. There are 2 male dorms and 2 female dorms. Each dorm has 5 bunk beds, a shower and restroom. Bedding and towels are provided for each guest occupying a dorm bed. Children must be at least 6 years old to stay in a dormitory.
  • Cabins – These accommodations vary in size and accommodate from 2 to 10 people. Cabins are equipped with bedding, cold water sink, toilet, liquid soap, and hand towels. Showers and bath towels are provided at a central location. Pricing for cabins is based on double occupancy, additional guests may stay with an additional charge.

GROUPS — For overnight stays at Phantom Ranch, a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 20 hikers, or parties of 10 mule riders is designated as a Group. For more information view Phantom Ranch Groups.

MULE RIDERS – One night or two night mule trips can be booked with the Central Reservations Office. These trips are sold as a package. For more information view Mule Trips.

Phantom Ranch Room and Service Rates

Room Type Rate
Cabin, two people $142.00
Additional person in cabin $13.00
Dorm, per person $49.00
Group Cabin, Flat Rate $246.00
Breakfast, per person $19.11
Sack Lunch, per person $14.00
Steak dinner, per person $43.65
Stew dinner, per person $26.45
Veggie dinner, per person
Duffel service $68.00 each way


  • Accommodations for rafting trips must be booked through the outside vendors
  • The Phantom Ranch Canteen serves breakfast and dinner, which must be reserved in advance. The Canteen is available for all visitors during specific hours, with snacks, beverages and sundries for purchase. For more information view Phantom Ranch Canteen.
  • All rates quoted in U.S. Dollars and do not include applicable taxes.
  • A National Park Service campground is located nearby and requires a backcountry permit. A backcountry permit is not required for people staying in Phantom Ranch dorms or cabins. This may be obtained by writing to:

Grand Canyon National Park Backcountry Reservations Office

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