Phantom Ranch
Sarah S.The Dyrt ADMIN User
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2018

Incredible, Rustic Place to Stay at the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

We spent 2 nights down in Phantom Ranch at the beginning of Feb. I had never hiked the Grand Canyon before and didn't know what to expect. We hiked from the south rim down Kaibab and were really lucky to have amazing weather. It was pretty amazing to hike for hours and then end up at this tiny community (Phantom Ranch) down at the bottom of the Canyon. Phantom Ranch consists of several small buildings, including a canteen which serves as a store, mess hall, and from 8-10pm, bar. There are also small cabins you can rent but we stayed in one of the shared bunk houses with 10 beds, toilet, shower and sink. You will have a set meal time for breakfast and dinner (no lunch) and it is family style dining. Breakfast is at 5:30a.m. or 7:00a.m. and dinner also has 2 seatings, I think at 5:30 and 6:30. You have to have all of these meals reserved in advance. It was super fun to get to know fellow hikers and share a meal of stew and chocolate cake (which I guess is the standard meal there) and then play games and drink beer for a few hours. We were lucky enough to be there during a full moon so one night we walked about 10 minutes down the path to get to a sandy beach right on the Colorado River - didn't even need our headlamps because the moon was so bright. During our day down at Phantom Ranch we lounged around the picnic tables in front of the canteen, reading, and also hiked up to a ridge that overlooked the Colorado and part of the Kaibab trail that we had hiked down the day before.

There is plenty of potable water at Phantom Ranch so you can fill up your water bottles before you start your hike out. You also need to carry your trash back out with you. Trash from things you buy at Phantom Ranch can be left there.

We hiked out via Bright Angel trail which I loved! not as steep as Kaibab with beautiful turns and beautiful pockets.

SiteBunk house
Month of VisitMarch
  • Hiking out Bright Angel. Love this trail.
  • Looking down at South Kaibab trail which we had hiked down the day before
  • Birthday at Phantom Ranch. This is inside the canteen.
  • Bridge at the end of Kaibab boing over the Colorado River. About 20 more minutes to Phantom Ranch.
  • Overlooking the Colorado on our day hike from Phantom Ranch.
  • Hiking down South Kaibab
  • Down Kaibab
  • Ooh Ah Point
  • Our lunch spot on our day at the bottom of the canyon. We did a hike up t this area that overlooks the Colorado.
  • Picnic Tables at Phantom Ranch
  • Very flattering picture of us in our bunks! :)
  • Hiking out on the Bright Angel Trail
  • The Colorado not far from Phantom Ranch
  • Full moon as we begin our hike out
  • Campground near Phantom Ranch
  • Amazing
  • The Green Colordo
  • Local transport.
  • At the beginning
  • The Colorado and the beach near Phantom Ranch