Grand Canyon: Hiking to Phantom Ranch

Overview

Spend a thrilling weekend exploring the highlights of Grand Canyon National Park with the added treat of an overnight stay at Phantom Ranch, the only lodging located in the heart of the Grand Canyon. The expertly guided journey to the bottom showcases 1.7 billion years of geologic history, exposed in colorful layers by the down-cutting of the Colorado River. Take in awe-inspiring views of freestanding buttes, sculpted alcoves, and massive cliffs, learn about the unique wildlife, geology and history of this premier World Heritage Site, and unwind with tasty meals.

  • Experience the best of the Grand Canyon, including Desert View Watchtower and Bright Angel Trail

  • Hike down to overnight at the iconic Phantom Ranch, the only one inside the park

  • Dine on delicious meals and enjoy a celebratory dinner at the elegant El Tovar

  • Arrive: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Depart: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Group Size: 4-9 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 13 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Journey to the Heart of the Grand Canyon

    Meet at 12:30pm at the Holiday Inn Express& Suites in Scottsdale and head north, climbing above the Mogollon Rim onto the Colorado Plateau. (Note: In 2019, there will be one airport pickup at 11:30am, delivering guests to the Holiday Inn at 12:30pm.) Along the way, guides explain the geologic forces that created this massive uplift and why the Grand Canyon formed. Pass through the town of Flagstaff and get the first look at the canyon from the historic Desert View Watchtower, a Mary Jane Colter building perched on the edge of the great chasm. After another 30-minute scenic drive along the rim, arrive at the lodge for a delicious dinner.

  • Day02

    Hike the South Kaibab Trail


    After a hearty breakfast, descend 7 miles and 4,780 feet into the grandest of canyons, along the South Kaibab Trail famous for the most awesome panoramic views of any trail in the park. Descend past Ooh Aah Point to Cedar Ridge, for a gourmet lunch before continuing the trek. From here, traverse the Tonto Plateau before dropping into the Inner Gorge. On the last portion, hike along the Colorado River and over a suspension bridge until Phantom Ranch at the trail's end, nestled on the banks of Bright Angel Creek.

    • Accommodation: Phantom Ranch
    • Activity: 4-5 hours/7 miles hiking with 4,780' elevation loss
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Hike Up Bright Angel Trail

    In the morning, prepare to conquer the mighty canyon. The exit is via the Bright Angel Trail, a classic Grand Canyon trek. After crossing the Colorado River, the trail snakes its way up out of the inner gorge to the shady oasis of Indian Gardens. Refill with water before tackling the steep ascent up Jacob's Ladder through the Redwall layer. The guides provide helpful hints, strategies, techniques, and their insider knowledge of the keys to a successful ascent. Celebrate your accomplishments with a fine dining experience at El Tovar.

  • Day04

    Take a Sunrise Hike & Return to Phoenix

    Hike to Trail View Overlook for a Grand Canyon sunrise. Walk back for a delicious breakfast at El Tovar and free time for last-minute photos or awe-inspiring views. Taking a different route back to Flagstaff, enjoy the drive along Highway 180, with spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks, giant meadows, ponderosa forest, and volcanic cones. Look out for elk, mule deer, and pronghorn. Enjoy lunch in Flagstaff before resuming the journey to Phoenix; hotel or airport drop-offs can be arranged. Please book outbound flights for 7pm or later.

    • Activity: 1 hour/1 mile sunrise hike
    • Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Our expert guides provide travelers with helpful hints, techniques and hiking tips, plus knowledge on local wildlife, geology, and history.

Reason #02

On this exclusive 4-day getaway, experience the Grand Canyon's top attractions, including the Desert View Watchtower and Bright Angel Trail.

Reason #03

MT Sobek's legacy of preservation and protection enables us to operate over 30 Global National Park adventures.

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Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Legendary hikes, paired with vistas of magnificent gorges, massive cliffs and plateaus, giant meadows and creeks, volcanic cones, and wildlife.

  • Lodging

    Landscape-inspired lodges provide convenience and comfort. Spend a night at Phantom Ranch, the only lodging located in the heart of the Grand Canyon.

  • Climate

    Be prepared for anything as the weather varies. Inner-canyon temperatures are generally very mild. South Rim temperatures range from 34 ºF to 62 ºF. Phantom Ranch temperatures range from 55 ºF to 82 ºF.

FAQ

  • When's the best time to go on this trip?

    Spring, fall and winter are excellent times. The temperatures in the inner canyon are warm and comfortable, and on the rim the weather will be refreshing.

  • What are the trails like and how do I train for the trip?

    You should do significant training and feel confident in your ability to hike uphill for as long as 8 hours. There is a steep elevation loss of 4,800 feet over 7 miles. The hike out ascends 4,300 feet of elevation over 10 miles.

  • What are the sleeping quarters at Phantom Ranch like?

    Accommodations are shared same-sex dormitories with ten bunk beds and a restroom with a shower. It is common that there will be other travelers (not in our group) sharing our dorms. Towels and bed linens are provided.

  • Is drinking water provided?

    Bottled water is provided for all guests. You will need to keep the bottles we provide and refill them at locations along the trail and at Phantom Ranch. If you have a hydration pack with a water bladder/reservoir, we recommend you bring that and fill it each day.

  • What if I have dietary restrictions or special requests?

    Please let us know if you have any specific dietary needs or requests. At Phantom Ranch we have a choice of three possible meals: steak, hiker's stew or vegetarian (on some nights only one is available). On the rim, we eat in restaurants where you can order off the menu.

  • Are tips for the guides included in the land cost?

    No, and you're not required to tip, however it is customary. The guides expect to meet and even exceed all your expectations. They appreciate gratuities and always divide them equally.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Nov 29 - Dec 02, 2018
  • Apr 13 - 16, 2019
    Confirmed Departure
  • Available
    Apr 26 - 29, 2019
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    May 11 - 14, 2019
  • Available
    Jun 24 - 27, 2019
  • Available
    Sep 21 - 24, 2019

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Additional Cost

  • $500.00 Single Supplement
  • $45.00 National Park Fee

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group activities and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers
  • Limited alcoholic beverages at meals

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  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
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