Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon, Sedona & the Southwest
Planning your trip
Dedicated to helping those planning a visit to Grand Canyon National Park and the Southwest. Whether you plan on hiking, backpacking, taking a mule, or a river trip, you’ll find information, tips, and resources that will make planning your trip much easier, safer, and a lot more fun!
“Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.” – Teddy Roosevelt
Destination Quick Links
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Included are links to lodging, dining, and other services in the park as well as to the south in the towns of Tusayan and Valle. You’ll also find information on campgrounds, mule rides, and hiking.
Included are links to lodging, dining, and other services on the rim as well as to the north of the park. You’ll also find information on campgrounds, mule rides, and hiking. The Toroweap area is also covered.
Included here is information on Phantom Ranch lodging and dining. You’ll also find information on Bright Angel Campground, backcountry permits, and area hikes.
Grand Canyon is famous for its mule rides! Included below is information for adventurous rides to the bottom of the canyon as well as gentle rides along the forested North and South Rims.…
Grand Canyon Weather
Weather varies dramatically between the South Rim, North Rim, and the Inner Canyon due to the extreme differences in elevation. Visit Grand Canyon Weather for links to various weather stations as well as a table for year-round averages.
Preparing for your hike
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