Grand Canyon on Mule

Ten mule riders are designated as a Group. Maximum group space allowed at Phantom Ranch (total of hiker and mule groups) is 20 people per day. The 3 Hour Canyon Vista mule trips are limited to a maximum of 10 riders on any given day.

RIDER QUALIFICATIONS: (These apply to all mule ride activities)

  • All skill-levels of riders are welcome
  • Riders must be in good physical condition
  • Phantom Ranch: Riders must weigh less than 200 pounds, fully dressed
  • Canyon Vistas: Riders must weigh less than 225 pounds, fully dressed
  • Riders must be at least 4 feet, 7 inches tall
  • Each rider must be able to speak and understand fluent English
  • Riders should not be afraid of heights or large animals
  • Riders cannot be pregnant
  • Long sleeve shirts, long pants, broad brim hats and close-toed shoes are required
  • Ski caps and gloves are recommended for winter riders
  • Rider’s height must be proportionate to his or her weight

Group space opens to requests on the 1st of each month, for the entire same named month of the next year (i.e. Group space for July 1-31 the following year may be requested beginning on July 1 the prior year, etc.) via written request only. Requests received on the first of the month (no earlier than 12:00:01 a.m. Mountain Standard Time [MST] - Grand Canyon does not observe daylight saving time) will be processed prior to requests received before midnight (which is still the last day of the previous month), since the request period is closed at that time.

Requests should be printed or typed in BLACK ink on the request form provide below and must include:

  • Total number of people in your Group.
  • Date(s) of stay: Please submit as many valid dates (or even specific time frames) in your request as you wish, to improve your chances. Limiting yourself to a very narrow time frame and/or specific days of the week may limit your chances for success. Include all possible alternatives, and indicate your first choice, etc.
  • Please do not indicate a time frame in seasonal format such as spring or fall as this is quite subjective. Indicate by month and/or date only, e.g.: “any night between April 15 and June 15 of (include year).”
  • Two-night Phantom Ranch Mule Trips are only offered November 1 through March 31.
  • Contact information. You must include your name, address, and phone number. Also an email address will result in a faster response time.
  • Please designate which trip you are requesting.
  • Group requests must be faxed to 928-638-0982 at midnight (Mountain Standard Time [MST], Grand Canyon does not observe daylight savings time)
  • Group Requests that do not include all of the above information will not be considered complete requests and therefore will not be addressed.

Mule Trip Group Request Form

Trip Description

Canyon Vista Mule Ride

For the first time in more than 100 years, the Grand Canyon mule-riders are able to take in the breathtaking vistas of the Grand Canyon National Park while traveling along the rim of the canyon. Grand Canyon National Park Lodges is offering a new, four-mile, three-hour mule ride that departs five miles east of the Historic Grand Canyon Village in the park. The mule ride travels along a new East Rim Trail built by the National Park Service. Wranglers will stop six times along the trail to provide interpretive information about the geologic formations, human history, fire ecology and more.

From March 15 through November 30 the Mule Ride departs at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and from December 1 through March 14 the ride departs once each day at 9:00 a.m. The cost of the ride is $117.75 per person plus tax. Water and water bottles are included. Rain jackets are available on the ride as well.

Riders must check in at the Bright Angel Lodge’s transportation desk the day before or at least two hours before departure time on the day of their ride and then be at the main livery barn in Grand Canyon Village 15 minutes before departure. An interpretive bus ride to the Yaki Barn and back is included in the ride.

Phantom Ranch Overnight Trip

The one night trip includes lunch at Indian Garden. Riders have a steak dinner at Phantom Ranch, overnight accommodations in a cabin, and breakfast at phantom ranch before riding out by way of the south Kaibab trail. The 10-person cabin is furnished with bunk beds, sink, toilet, bedding, liquid soap/shampoo combination, and towels. Showers are available. After returning to the rim, bus transportation to Bright Angel Lodge will be provided.

Rates (one night with tax)

One person $548.20
Two people $958.90
Additional person (up to 10 max) $423.48
Ten people $4,346.78

Rates are subject to change without notice. Prepayment guarantees space not rate. The ten-person total costs may include a slight adjustment (in-rounding), due to tax rates.

Two-Night Trip

The two-night trip (only offered November – March.) Includes a second night at phantom ranch. Riders receive a sack lunch during breakfast, and then are on their own for the day. On the last night they will have the stew dinner, spend the night in the cabin, and have breakfast the next morning before riding out.


One person $779.44
Two people $1,283.86
Additional person (up to 10 max) $529.99
Ten people $5,523.84

Rates are subject to change without notice. Prepayment guarantees space not rate. The ten-person total costs may include a slight adjustment (in-rounding), due to tax rates.

Additional Information

Our mules are thoroughly trained, and are well adapted to the unique environment and work situation at Grand Canyon. Although we have over 100 years of experience working with mules, they are animals and not always predictable. The restrictions we place on our rides are intended for safety and to avoid distracting or disturbing the mules. There are always elements of risk due to trail conditions, other trail users, and sudden appearances of wildlife native to Grand Canyon. While serious accidents or injury seldom occur, risk is minimized by carefully following the trail guide’s instructions.

If space is available for your group, you will receive a contract within 2-3 weeks. If space is not available, notification will be sent within 1 week. Requests are responded to in the same order that they are received. Any requests received prior to Midnight will be addressed last.

A deposit in the amount of 50% of all items booked for the group is due 14 days from the date a contract is issued, with the balance due 90 days prior to the group’s arrival. Do not include a form of payment with your request.

Group reservations must be cancelled at least 30 days prior to arrival to receive a refund.

Less than 10 people
Parties with less than 10 people must make their reservations directly with our Central Reservations office at Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Phone: 303-297-2757 or 888-297-2757.