Ride a Mule into the Grand Canyon

Smiling rider takes a mule along Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch. Photo by Whit Richardson

Smiling rider takes a mule along Bright Angel Trail to Phantom Ranch. Photo by Whit Richardson

Riding a mule into the Grand Canyon is an adventure in itself and will provide you with plenty of stories and memories to share.

While a mule ride also isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s a great way to see the Grand Canyon’s depth’s that is easier on your legs, lungs and feet. The Grand Canyon’s South Rim is situated at 7,000 feet elevation; its interior is situated at about 2,000 feet. And what goes down must come up!

You need to book a mule ride well in advance, though, as this is a very popular way for visitors to explore Grand Canyon.

From the South Rim

Mule Rides from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon are operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts and are extremely popular. It’s necessary to book your reservation as far in advance as possible. For peak season (Summer), these often fill up 12 months in advance. Call Xanterra Parks & Resorts, at 888-297-2757 or 303-297-2757 or check their website to book your reservation, and for more information.

A one-day (7-hour) adventure is the most common. This mule ride adventure departs daily from the Stone Corral at the head of the Bright Angel Trail, a popular Grand Canyon trail that’s been in use since 1891. The mules carry visitors to Plateau Point, offering a panoramic view of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River below. Box lunch is included and prices start at approximately $154 per day.

Overnight rides that include a stay at the Phantom Ranch at the Canyon’s bottom include accommodations and meals and start at about $421 per person. Two-night rides are also available. Check Xanterra’s Grand Canyon website for more information.¬†www.grandcanyonlodges.com/things-to-do/mule-trips/

From the North Rim

Mule trips on the North Rim are operated by Grand Canyon Trail Rides from mid-May to mid-October. There are one-hour rides that take visitors along the North Rim, or half-day trips that tour the Rim, or the depths of the Canyon.

For reservations, call 435-679-8665 or go to www.canyonrides.com or register in the lobby of the Grand Canyon Lodge at the “Grand Canyon Trail Rides” desk from 7 am – 5 pm daily.