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Trip Type : Group Tour

US - Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch Hiking Tour

Pure Adventures
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
4 days
From: $ 1,295 $ 324 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Guided trek
  • Spectacular scenery; unique on Earth
  • Hike takes you along the Colorado River
  • Enjoy hiking the beautiful Clear Creek and River Trails
  • Ascent the Bright Angel Trail to the Grand Canyon South Rim Village

Short Description

This is the classic Grand Canyon hiking trip and a perfect introduction to one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. Start in Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim and enjoy famous views, colorful galleries, historic buildings, wildlife, and ponderosa pine forests. Descend the South Kaibab Trail with your professional guide and arrive in Phantom Ranch. Two nights spent here allow for an extra day to explore the depths of the Grand Canyon and see the Colorado River. Ascend the Bright Angel Trail on Day 4 and take in the canyon’s overwhelming scope and beauty as you look back on what you have accomplished.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • Reservations in the Phantom Ranch dorms Nights 2 and 3
  • Professional, Wilderness First Responder certified guides
  • All permit fees and National - Park entry fees
  • Meals (breakfast Day 2 – dinner Day 4)
  • Trekking poles complimentary upon request
  • Snacks, bottled water and Gatorade

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Itinerary

Day 1: Meet At Grand Canyon National Park For A Group Orientation

Grand Canyon’s South Rim is the canyon’s most popular destination for sightseeing, hiking along the rim, shopping for unique souvenirs, and visiting museums and galleries that help explain Grand Canyon history. This trip begins in the early evening on day one. Our group will gather today to meet one another and get a rundown of our adventure from the guide. After this introduction the guide will host an optional dinner at one of the rim restaurants before we retire to our rooms to prepare for our big hike tomorrow. Optional hike on you own, ask guide for suggestions. Lodging is on your own, or Lodging Package (one of the South Rim’s lodges, usually Kachina or Thunderbird).

Day 2: Hike down the South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch (Hiking: 7 miles)

Meals: Breakfast on your own, lunch and dinner included 

Hiking: 7 miles (trailhead is at 7,100 feet – Phantom Ranch is at approximately 2,500 feet – TOTAL elevation loss of nearly 5,000 feet)

Today’s descent is 7 miles and 4,780 feet into the grandest of canyons. Our route takes us down a ridgeline affording jaw-dropping 360-degree views of a labyrinth of amphitheaters, temples and buttes. The trail begins with a series of switchbacks to breathtaking Ooh-Aah Point before we resume our descent another 1,200 feet, traveling back 40 million years in the geologic record to Cedar Ridge. From here we traverse the Tonto Plateau before dropping into the inner gorge. The last part of our hike takes us along the Colorado River and over a suspension bridge until, at trail’s end, we find Phantom Ranch nestled on the banks of Bright Angel Creek just before its confluence with the majestic Colorado River. Phantom Ranch was founded in 1903 as a hunting camp and named by Mary Jane Colter after nearby Phantom Creek, this is our home for the next 2 nights. Lodging in Phantom Ranch for two nights.

Day 3: Phantom Ranch (Hiking: 3 - 6 miles)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Hiking: 3‐6 miles

Today we plan to hike the beautiful Clear Creek and River Trails. However, many participants choose to use this day for relaxation, cheering on the rafts as they pass by, socializing with other adventurers, or stretching out in the shade with a book and a cold beverage. All our meals will be at the famous Phantom Ranch Canteen. Enjoy the solitude or mix with other intrepid canyon hikers in the very bottom of Grand Canyon as the steep walls block out the rest of the world, affording a feeling of tremendous peace and tranquility. Photographic and bird watching opportunities abound in this lush riparian habitat. Your guides will be available all day to share with you the secrets of one of the world’s most special places. Another night in Phantom Ranch.

Day 4: Ascent the Bright Angel Trail to the Grand Canyon South Rim Village (Hiking: 10 miles, 4,300 ft. elev. gain)

Meals: Breakfast, and lunch included, dinner on your own. 

Hiking: 10 miles (Phantom Ranch is at approximately 2,500 feet –Grand Canyon Village is at 6,800 feet – TOTAL elevation gain of 4,300 feet)

The rising sun finds us preparing to conquer the canyon. Our exit is the Bright Angel Trail, a classic Grand Canyon trek. After crossing the Colorado River, the trail snakes its way up out of the inner gorge to the shady oasis of Indian Gardens. Here we will refuel and refill with water before tackling the steep ascent up Jacob’s Ladder through the Redwall layer. While always a tremendous challenge, your guides will provide you with helpful hints, strategies, techniques, and their insider knowledge of the keys to a successful ascent. This afternoon we celebrate our accomplishments at the Bright Angel Trailhead before bidding a farewell to the canyon and the memories we’ve shared. Lodging is on your own or optional Lodging Package. 

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Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges

Grand Canyon South Rim

El Tovar Historic Hotel and Thunderbird, Yavapai, Bright Angle, and Maswik lodges. **El Tovar - a celebrated Historic Hotel located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon first opened its doors in 1905. The hotel was built from local limestone and Oregon pine. It cost $250,000 to build, and many considered it the most elegant hotel west of the Mississippi River. In 1987 the Hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark. **Bright Angel Lodge - designed in 1935 by famed Southwest architect Mary Jane Colter, it has a natural rustic character, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark. This iconic lodge and its surrounding cabins are rich with cultural history. **Yavapai Lodge - Natural beauty meets the magic of convenience. About a mile walk from the canyon's South Rim and steps from the general store, bank and post office, Yavapai Lodge occupies a prime location in the Park. **Maswik Lodge - The Maswik Lodge today is a 250-room lodging complex nestled within several acres of Ponderosa pine forest. It is located just a short walk or quarter-mile from the canyon’s edge. **Thunderbird Lodge - Built in the late 1960’s the lodge sits directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon and many guests choose Thunderbird due to its prominent location in the center of the historic district.

 

Phantom Ranch

Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch is a historic oasis nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon. It is on the north side of the Colorado River tucked in beside Bright Angel Creek. Phantom is the only lodging below the canyon rim, and can only be reached by mule, on foot or by rafting the Colorado River. In the 1920’s, the National Park Service selected the Fred Harvey Company to build a tourist facility within the canyon. The rustic cabins and main lodge are built of wood and native stone blending with the natural beauty of the setting. Dormitories – These accommodations are available to hikers only. There are 2 male dorms and 2 female dorms. Each dorm has 5 bunk beds, a shower and restroom. Bedding and towels are provided for each guest occupying a dorm bed. Children must be at least 6 years old to stay in a dormitory.

 

Grand Canyon

Phantom Ranch

Phantom Ranch is a historic oasis nestled at the bottom of Grand Canyon. It is on the north side of the Colorado River tucked in beside Bright Angel Creek. Phantom is the only lodging below the canyon rim, and can only be reached by mule, on foot or by rafting the Colorado River. In the 1920’s, the National Park Service selected the Fred Harvey Company to build a tourist facility within the canyon. The rustic cabins and main lodge are built of wood and native stone blending with the natural beauty of the setting. Dormitories – These accommodations are available to hikers only. There are 2 male dorms and 2 female dorms. Each dorm has 5 bunk beds, a shower and restroom. Bedding and towels are provided for each guest occupying a dorm bed. Children must be at least 6 years old to stay in a dormitory.

 

Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges

Grand Canyon South Rim

El Tovar Historic Hotel and Thunderbird, Yavapai, Bright Angle, and Maswik lodges. **El Tovar - a celebrated Historic Hotel located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon first opened its doors in 1905. The hotel was built from local limestone and Oregon pine. It cost $250,000 to build, and many considered it the most elegant hotel west of the Mississippi River. In 1987 the Hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark. **Bright Angel Lodge - designed in 1935 by famed Southwest architect Mary Jane Colter, it has a natural rustic character, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark. This iconic lodge and its surrounding cabins are rich with cultural history. **Yavapai Lodge - Natural beauty meets the magic of convenience. About a mile walk from the canyon's South Rim and steps from the general store, bank and post office, Yavapai Lodge occupies a prime location in the Park. **Maswik Lodge - The Maswik Lodge today is a 250-room lodging complex nestled within several acres of Ponderosa pine forest. It is located just a short walk or quarter-mile from the canyon’s edge. **Thunderbird Lodge - Built in the late 1960’s the lodge sits directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon and many guests choose Thunderbird due to its prominent location in the center of the historic district.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation:  Once your deposit is received, a reservation confirmation is made and final payment is due 60 days prior to tour departure.  If you wish to cancel your tour, you must submit your request to us in writing by email or postal mail.  If a cancellation is made after receipt of the deposit but before the 60-day final payment due date, all deposits are returned except US$200 per person. Within 60 days, but more than 45 days, the entire deposit becomes non-refundable, and from 45 days additional cancellation penalties may apply, up to 100% of tour costs. No refunds are available once the trip commences. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS to this cancellation policy, including for reasons related to weather, terrorism, civil strife, personal, family or medical emergencies or any other circumstances beyond our control.  For this reason, we strongly encourage Participants to purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

Pre-Departure Cancellations or Changes by Pure Adventures: We reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason. While it is rare, in the event of cancellation, a check for a full refund will be issued to you, which constitutes full settlement.  If the tour is cancelled within 45 days of departure, an additional discount will be made for an alternate trip with Pure Adventures or one of its affiliates in addition to the full refund.  In the event that, prior to departure, we make any significant changes because of a problem with a supplier, for example a hotel bankruptcy, we will, as soon as reasonably possible, notify you of available alternatives.  Such changes may require a supplemental payment from you or possibly a refund.  No refunds under this paragraph will be provided due to cancellations or changes due to Force Majeure.

No Reimbursements Due to Changes or Cancellations: We will not reimburse Participants for any personal expenses such as airline tickets, other travel or hotel expenses due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.

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