Mules play a vital role in the day to day functioning of Phantom Ranch, on the Colorado river, in Grand Canyon National Park. All of the foodstuffs, bedding, souvenirs, and other essentials are carried down to Phantom Ranch by mule from the South Rim. All of the trash, dirty bedding, and other commodities that need disposed of are carried up to the top by mules as well. Even the mail! They are also used by the trail maintenance crews who spend their days tending and mending the miles and miles of trails to keep them safe and passable through all of the vagaries nature can throw at them.
Visitors can avail themselves of casual mule trips around the rim, or a journey down Bright Angel Trail to enjoy a night or two accommodations at Phantom Ranch with a return trip to the top by way of the South Kaibab Trail.
This gallery pays homage to the steadfast and trusty mules of the Grand Canyon and their Wranglers; a hearty breed of men and women who conjure up the legendary cowboys from a century long gone.