Staying at Phantom Ranch
Note: prices updated 2/1/2016.
How do I make a reservation for Phantom Ranch?
For reservations one year in advance, call Xanterra at 303-29-PARKS or 888-29-PARKS (AKA 297-2757). That is to say, for a reservation in March, 2017 you would call on the first day of March, 2016.
For reservations within 48 hours, call the Xanterra Transportation Desk at 928-638-3283. A waiting list is available for persons at the South Rim. Call or show up the day before your trip, then you may show up in person the morning you wish to hike down and wait for them to access the waiting list.
As of January 2019, reservations will be made via lottery. 15 months in advance, one enters the lottery, then will be notified the following month if they have been drawn. On the first day of the month, unclaimed spots will be available by telephone, as usual. As far as i understand this, it means in November of 2018, the lottery will be open for January 2019. December 2018 winners will be notified. Refunds will only be made 45 days in advance. For more information go to Xanterra Parks Resorts
How many people can I make a reservation for?
For one to twenty people. If you have more than ten, you must go through the Group Reservations office at P.O. Box 699, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023, or fax a request to 928-638-0982. You may call Phantom Ranch Group Information at 928-638-2709 and request a group contract information sheet.
How do I cancel a reservation?
For a normal reservation, at least 48 hours prior. If weather is inclement, that is to say, physically snowing, they have been known to cancel at the last minute with no penalty. For a group reservation, at least 30 days prior, or you forfeit your deposit (which in February 2016 was 50%).
What do I get for my money?
If you stay in the dorm ($49.17), you get a bunk bed in a single-sex dorm. The bed has a real mattress (not plastic), sheets, pillow, spread, and blanket in the winter. The dorm is heated/cooled according to the season. It has a small bathroom with toilet, hot water sink, and shower. There are hangers on the wall for your pack and picnic tables outside for your convenience.
If you stay in the cabin (four-person $147.52 for two, plus $13.90 for persons three and four) (10-person 216.56), you get a bunk bed in a four to ten person cabin. You stay only with members your party: they do not send strangers into your cabin. The cabin has a heater and/or cooler, a toilet, and a cold water sink. You get a key that locks the cabin and opens the shower houses, one male, one female. You get a towel (not a washcloth) and there is shampoo/soap in the shower. The cabins have a small desk, reading lamp (very dim bulbs), and chair. They also have hot and cold running mice, so keep your food safe. The cabins do have ammo cans to store food in.
How about food? (undated February, 2016)
Food is purchased separately.
on your own
|Dinner (stew or veggie)
|bacon||summer sausage||stew (or veggie chili)||steak|
|scrambled eggs||craisins||cornbread||baked potato|
|canned peaches||peanuts||chocolate cake||veggies|
|coffee/ hot tea/ ice water||electrolyte drink mix||coffee/ iced tea/iced water/hot tea||cornbread|
|oreo cookies||chocolate cake|
|apple||coffee/iced tea/ iced water/ hot tea|
Can I stay and not eat?
Yes, and a lot of hikers stay in the dorm and bring their own food. If you bring a backpacking stove you can cook outside, but not within the rooms.
Can I eat and not stay?
Yes, if meals are available, and you have to reserve them in advance. Often backpackers in the campground eat dinner at the Ranch.
What is available in the canteen?
FIRST AID AND SUNDRIES: Band-Aids, Moleskin, Ace bandages, Muscle easing salve, Rolaids, Advil and Aspirin, sun block, Lip Balm, Tampons, Intensive Care Lotions,Pepto Bismol.
BEVERAGES: Coffee, hot cocoa, herbal teas, iced tea, lemonade, Glacier Bottle Water, Tecate, Grand Canyon, and Bud beers, wine. BEER CANNOT BE TAKEN OUT OF THE CANTEEN!!!
SNACKS: Peanuts, Oreo cookies, fig bars, plain and peanut M&M's, Snickers, Gum, Lifesavers, Trail Mix, apples, bagels with cream cheese and jelly, summer sausage, Cliff Bars.
When is the canteen open?
During summer from 8 AM to 4 Pm and 8-10 PM. During winter 8:30 AM - 4 PM and 7-9 PM. No sales during meal hours. Last call for alcohol at 3:30 PM and 1/2 hour before last closing. Credit cards, travelers checks and cash. No personal checks.
Once I am down there, what is there to do?
You should by all means try to arrange for at least one day down there with "nothing" to do, and you may check out the nothing activities for your free day at the layover page.
Can I get my gear carried in and out?
You can arrange this in advance, but you won't have access to the stuff, so don't send anything you will need while hiking. In 2015, this cost $70.55 each way, and you have to have your gear ready to go down at 4 PM the day before you start down, at 6 AM on the day you go out.
There is a 30 pound, 36 by 20 by 13 inch size limit to duffels. They do accept internal frame packs, but not external frame without a duffel. If you have food in the duffel, it is NOT protected from the animals. I have had problems in the past with ravens ripping into the duffels to get at the food therein. No glass is allowed in the duffles, due to problems with them sneaking into the trash and thence the compactor.
I can leave my trash down there, right?
Wrong. You pack it in, you pack it out. Canyon Karma will get you otherwise.
What if I show up without a reservation?
Not a good idea. Many are those who figure that if they hike down and don't have time to get back out that day, the Ranch staff will take pity on them and let them sleep on the floor or two to a bed.
IF there is room at the Ranch, they will allow you to purchase a spot, though you may not get meals. If the Ranch is full, you walk out, Clyde. Limits are set by fire laws and by the limitations provided by the septic system, and the workers are not willing to put their jobs on the line because you failed to plan in advance.