Things To Know About Mule Rides

Our mules are carefully selected for strength, endurance, and temperament. They are thoroughly trained by our guides so that they are well adapted to the unique environment and work situation of the Grand Canyon. Before booking your exciting mule trip, please know about certain restrictions we have imposed for your safety and to make sure you have a memorable experience.

Rider Qualifications
Each Overnight Phantom Ranch rider must not weigh more than 200 lbs. (91 kilograms) fully dressed. Each 3-hour Canyon Vistas rider must not weigh more than 225 lbs. (102k). Yes, we do weigh everyone. Each rider must be at least 4 feet, 7 inches (55 total inches or 1.38 meters) in height, regardless of previous riding experience. Each rider must be able to speak and understand fluent English. Each rider must be in good physical condition. Riders should not be afraid of heights or large animals. Rider cannot be pregnant.

Safety of Mule Rides
Our mules are selected for strength, endurance, temperament, and gentleness. They are trained by our guides so that they are well adapted to the unique environment and work situation at the Grand Canyon.

Although we have over 100 years of experience in working with mules, they are animals and not always predictable. The restrictions we place on our riders are intended for their safety and to avoid distracting or disturbing the mules. There is always an element of risk due to trail conditions, other trail users, and the sudden appearance of wildlife native to the Grand Canyon. Serious accidents and/or injuries seldom occur. The risk is minimized by carefully following instructions from your Trail Guide. All riders must sign a risk acknowledgment agreement before taking the ride.

Mule Ride Departures
Check-in: Riders should call 928-638-3283 to confirm their reservations 2-4 days prior to the ride. This will allow us to inform you of any weather or trail conditions that may affect your trip.

We strongly urge you to check in at the Bright Angel transportation desk the day before your trip by doing so we can prepare you in advance so you can be ready to go for the following day. If you are unable to check in the day before, you must check in by 6:15 am the day of the ride for the Phantom Ranch overnight ride and no less than an hour prior to departure for the 3 hour Canyon Vistas ride. Failure to check in on time may result in the cancellation of your reservation and forfeiture of your deposit.

Standby Waitlist for Rides
Persons arriving at the Grand Canyon without mule reservations can place their names on a waitlist for the three hour Canyon Vistas ride or overnight trip. (Many times cancellations make mules available, and we may be able to accommodate you.)

During the winter it is reasonably easy to obtain the mule ride; however, summer visitors may encounter long waitlists. Please inquire at the Bright Angel transportation desk to get information regarding the waitlist policy.

Phantom Ranch
Phantom Ranch is a comfortable oasis nestled at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The friendly staff at Phantom Ranch stands ready to ensure your comfort and share with you the wonders of this unique wilderness location. Learn more about Phantom Ranch.