“Work on the trails is progressing steadily and satisfactorily, and we are pleased that we can again schedule these popular, historical trips,” said Bill Johnston, Xanterra’s general manager of South Rim operations. “Mule rides in the Grand Canyon have been available to tourists since 1887, and we estimate more than 600,000 people have made this journey since.”
While trail work is an ongoing occurrence in the inner canyon, Xanterra had stopped accepting any new reservations for mule rides until the work had been substantially completed. During that time, Phantom Ranch remained open and provided overnight accommodations for hikers. While the trail work was being performed, Xanterra conducted maintenance operations of its own with upgrades to cabins, hiker dormitories and restrooms at Phantom Ranch.
Reservations for mule rides are typically accepted up to 23 months in advance. The seven-hour day trip to Plateau Point costs $132.88 per person and includes tax and a box lunch. The one-night ride to Phantom Ranch costs $360.54 for the first person, or two people for $641.57 and includes tax, accommodations, breakfast, lunch and steak dinner. To make reservations, call 888-297-2757 or 303-297-2757.