Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Ride A Mule

Mule rides into the canyon have been popular since Bright Angel Trail opened in 1891. To take a mule trip, you must be in good shape, not visibly pregnant, above 4 feet 7 inches tall, weigh under 200 pounds, and speak and understand English. Ask for information on suggested attire. A water "bag" is provided at check-in. Reservations are essential as mule rides can be booked well in advance, but visitors may place their names on a daily waiting list for cancellations. For further information, check at Bright Angel transportation desk or call (888) 29-PARKS (297-2757). Note: To avoid cancellation, prepaid riders must check-in the day before, or before 7 a.m. (summer) and 8 a.m. (winter) on the day of the trip.

Overnight Mule Trips to Phantom Ranch: These memorable trips to one of the canyon's loveliest spots, Phantom Ranch on Bright Angel Creek, offer glorious canyon vistas. Overnight trips depart daily from the stone corral at the head of Bright Angel Trail. Riders spend the night in ranch cabins and awake to a home-cooked breakfast. Lunch and dinner are also provided. The first day's ride takes 5.5 hours; the second day's journey takes 4.5 hours. 

One-Day Mule Trips: These popular one-day mule trips to Plateau Point depart daily year-round (8 a.m. summer, 9 a.m. winter) from the stone corral at the head of Bright Angel Trail. Descending about 3,200 feet to the Tonto Platform and Plateau Point, you can view the Colorado River 1,320 feet below. This trail takes approximately seven hours round-trip. Riders should check in the day before at the Bright Angel transportation desk.

Three-Day Mule Trips: From mid-November through mid-March, three-day/two-night mule trips to Phantom Ranch are offered. These allow you more time for relaxation during your stay at Phantom Ranch. All details as above.