Who in their right mind would spend good money to take part in an activity that left them tired, dirty, and sweaty afterward, with back and leg muscles so sore, that they walked like John Wayne even weeks later? You, that’s who – we’re talking about the Grand Canyon Mule Ride here! Grand Canyon Mule Rides are the quintessential Grand Canyon tour, where folks like you can get their cowboy on and get to the bottom of the
First offered to paying guests in 1887, Grand Canyon Mule Rides have become the most famous trail ride in the world. People from all walks of life have enjoyed it, from working-class Americans to international royalty. Today, a lucky 10 people per day get the privilege of riding from the South Rim via the
Grand Canyon visitors generally express interest in the mule rides for two reasons: 1) they want to get to the bottom of the
- No rider may weigh more than 200 lbs. or 91 kilos (you will be weighed at check-in)
- All riders must be at least 4’7” or 139 cm tall (children will be measured at check-in)
- All riders must speak and understand fluent English (English fluency will be evaluated at check-in if necessary)
- Women who are pregnant may not ride – no exceptions!
People who are afraid of heights or large animals probably shouldn’t take this trip, nor should individuals in less than robust health. Regulations vary slightly for North Rim or
Even if you are in compliance with all of the above guidelines, though, the biggest obstacle you’re bound to encounter when planning a Grand Canyon Mule Ride is availability. Or lack thereof, to be precise. Grand Canyon Mule Rides, particularly the South Rim ride to Phantom Ranch, tend to sell out one year in advance. With only 10 riders per day allowed on the trip, it’s no wonder! At the present time, Xanterra South Rim, the tours, food and lodging concessionaire, only takes reservations for
One noteworthy exception to the “booked one year in advance” rule at Grand Canyon South Rim is that during the winter months, visitation tapers off significantly due to colder temperatures and occasional heavy snow. If you’re ready and willing to deal with these conditions, it can work to your advantage. Grand Canyon Mule Rides have more late-notice availability during the months of November through March, and what’s more, you can take part in a trip that gives you not one, but two wonderful nights at Phantom Ranch!
If your trip is less than one year out and you still want to try your luck at getting on a Grand Canyon Mule Ride, cancellations do occur, but lucking into them takes some work. Again, reservations for this activity are only taken by phone, so you have to keep calling. Xanterra’s corporate offices are located in
If, by this point in time, you’re thinking that a Grand Canyon Mule Ride is not in the cards for you, there are 2 Easier ways to getting to the bottom of the Grand Canyon - The Inner Canyon Tour - OR - The 1-day White Water Rafting Tour.
Grand Canyon Mule Rides - Contact Information
South Rim Mule Rides
Xanterra Grand Canyon Lodges
1-800-297-2757 or 1-303-297-2757
North Rim Mule Rides
Canyon Trail Rides
Havasupai Mule Rides