Enter the Phantom Ranch Lottery

Phantom Ranch has extreme demand for reservations and typically sells out very quickly under the current reservations process in which we begin accepting reservations on the first of each month for the same month of the following year. We recognize that because of the extreme demand there are challenges with securing reservations at Phantom Ranch. As a result, we will be changing the reservation process and converting to an online lottery system beginning with stays January 2019 and beyond.

Below is a high-level outline of the process to help everyone prepare for this change that will require action up to two months earlier than under the current reservation process.

Effective with stays of January 2019 and beyond, Phantom Ranch will utilize a lottery system for random selection of the bed space (cabins and dorms).

  • Lottery entries will be required between the 1st and 25th of the 15th month prior to the desired stay month.
  • Lottery submissions will be processed, lottery winners notified and reservations guaranteed within the 14th month prior.
  • Any unsold/unclaimed inventory will be released to general availability for reservations following the current 13-month reservation window.


  • Month of Stay: January 2019
  • Lottery Submission: November 1-25, 2017
  • Lottery Processing and Notification: December 2017
  • Unsold inventory to General Availability: January 2, 2018 (normally on the 1st of the month, January is on the 2nd due to the New Year’s Day holiday)

Reservation Schedule

The below grid provides a schedule for the first complete year of the lottery with key dates of the lottery process, based upon the month of stay at Phantom Ranch.

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Month of Stay Lottery Submission Lottery Processing and Notification Unsold Inventory Released for General Sale
January 2019 November 1-25, 2017 December 2017 January 2, 2018
February 2019 December 1-25, 2017 January 2018 February 1, 2018
March 2019 January 1-25, 2018 February 2018 March 1, 2018
April 2019 February 1-25, 2018 March 2018 April 1, 2018
May 2019 March 1-25, 2018 April 2018 May 1, 2018
June 2019 April 1-25, 2018 May 2018 June 1, 2018
July 2019 May 1-25, 2018 June 2018 July 1, 2018
August 2019 June 1-25, 2018 July 2018 August 1, 2018
September 2019 July 1-25, 2018 August 2018 September 1, 2018
October 2019 August 1-25, 2018 September 2018 October 1, 2018
November 2019 September 1-25, 2018 October 2018 November 1, 2018
December 2019 October 1-25, 2018 November 2018 December 1, 2018

We are in the process of developing the actual system and finalizing additional details. Please check back for updates and additional details on the lottery system as we get closer to November 2017.

Have questions? Consult our frequently asked questions page!

Enter the Phantom Ranch Lottery