"Phanton Ranch & Colorado River Hike" Top 5 Page for this destination Hikes/Trails Tip by mikehanneman
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If you are willing to put a little effort into your hike you can be rewarded with some astonishing views and areas where a lot of people haven't gone.
Last year I went down the South Kaibab Trail with my son (see my home page for more details) to spend the night at the Phanton Ranch. If you don't want to go all the way to the bottom you can see the Colorado River and the Phantom Ranch from a little over half way down. It will give you a different perspective on the Grand Canyon and most people never go that far.
If you are going to the bottom of the Canyon you can camp out or make reservations for the Phantom Ranch through Xanterra. If you are planning to camp I think you will need to get a permit. The mules can carry your tent and other supplies down for you at a cost of around $80 or so. Check with the NPS or their website for more information.
Make sure and take plenty of water and some snacks so you don't run into trouble on the trail. No water, shade or phones on the South Kaibab Trail.
For an usual, off the beaten path, the South Kaibab Trail is a sure bet. Just be careful and tell someone when and where you are going.
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