3-Day Phantom Ranch Hiking Trip

ArizonaGrand CanyonPhantom Ranch
Tour Length
3 days, 2 nights
Guide Type
Moderate to Advanced

Challenge yourself on this unforgettable hiking trip to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back, covering 17+ miles in just 3 days! Our short but sweet journey together includes hiking on two iconic trails, spending one night in the dormitories at the historic Phantom Ranch, and a lifetime bragging rights for conquering the canyon! Your guide will share their deep knowledge of the canyon and offer tips and tricks to keep you motivated along the way. This trip is designed for active travelers with limited time looking for a an equally challenging and rewarding adventure!

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Reservations in the Phantom Ranch dorms Night 2
  • Meals starting lunch Day 2 through lunch Day 3
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guides

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Grand Canyon National Park commercial fees

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Transportation to and from Grand Canyon
  • Grand Canyon National Park entry
  • Lodging Day 1 or Day 3
  • Meals on Day 1, breakfast Day 2, dinner Day 3
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

This trip is designed so that you can make it your own. Lodging on the first night is up to you. If you choose to purchase our Lodging Package, we take care of the hassle for you. This trip begins at Grand Canyon National Park. You are responsible for your transportation to and from Grand Canyon. We do offer transportation for an additional fee with our Transportation Package. See details below.

Lodging Package – $450 pp

  • South Rim hotel lodging Nights 1 and 3 (shared accommodations)
  • Dinner Day 1
  • Pre-hike breakfast Day 2
  • Celebratory dinner at El Tovar Day 3

Upgrade to solo accommodations Nights 1 and 3 – additional $289 + tax.

Transportation Package – $242 pp + National Park Entry Fee: $8*

This option requires you to meet at 8:00am in Scottsdale/10:00am in Flagstaff on Day 1

  • Ground transportation from Host Hotel in Scottsdale/Phoenix area or from Flagstaff Airport to Grand Canyon National Park on Day 1.
  • Ground transportation from GCNP back to Flagstaff Airport (ETA: 2:00pm) or Host Hotel (ETA: 4:00pm) on Day 4.
  • National Park entry fee
  • Lunch Day 1, Lunch Day 4

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of service

Non-Participant Package – $700

  • $450 – South Rim Lodging Package only (inclusions described above)
  • $250 – Transportation Package only (inclusions described above)

Can be combined or purchased separately.

Limited to one non-participant per hiker. Only available in partnership with a hiker already booked on the trip who also has a lodging and/or transportation package.

Gear Rental

  • 30 to 40 liter daypack rental ($25 per pack)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)

Other Additions

  • 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder purchase ($35)

Upgrades can be added when registering on the phone or via email.

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (8.05%).



  • TOUR PRICE $ 995 pp 995 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 40 pp* 40 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

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Select Month

March 13-March 15
Sold Out!
March 30-April 1
1 Spot Left!
April 10-April 12

Meet your guide and the rest of your group at 4pm on Day 1 on Grand Canyon’s South Rim for a group orientation. After introductions, your guide will give you a rundown of our adventure together and answer any lingering questions you might have. Following our orientation we can grab an optional dinner as group on on our own before retiring to our rooms to prepare for our big day tomorrow!


On your own – ask your guide for suggestions


On your own


On your own (Lodging Package: one of the South Rim’s lodges, usually Kachina or Thunderbird)

We begin our journey into the inner canyon on the most direct route to the Colorado River and one of the most scenic. The South Kaibab Trail follows open ridgelines which means you’ll experience jaw-dropping 360-degree views throughout your 7 mile descent. The beginning of the trail you will descend a series of switchbacks that lead to the breathtaking Ooh-Aah-Point, we’ll continue onto Cedar Ridge he trail begins with a series of switchbacks to breathtaking Ooh-Aah Point. We continue hiking through awe-inspiring views until we reach a flat plateau called Cedar Ridge at 1.5 miles where you might possibly see a mule train en route to the bottom of the canyon! Our hike continues along this hand-built trail to Skeleton Point, a spooky name for an unbelievable view. Here we can peer down and see the Colorado River far below. 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. We’ll enjoy a warm meal at the Phantom Ranch Canteen this evening and enjoy our night at the historic Phantom Ranch.


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


Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included


Phantom Ranch same-gender dormitories

Hiking up Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon

We’ll enjoy a hearty meal in the Phantom Ranch Canteen before hitting the trail this morning. Our exit is the Bright Angel Trail, a classic Grand Canyon trek. Unlike the South Kaibab Trail which follows a ridgeline, the Bright Angel Trail follows a natural fault making it less exposed but equally incredible! We’ll wave farewell to Phantom Ranch, cross the Colorado River, and follow the trail that snakes its way up to the shady oasis of Indian Gardens, our halfway point. We’ll rest here before tackling the steep ascent up Jacob’s Ladder through the Redwall Layer. While always a tremendous challenge, your guide will provide you with helpful tips, techniques, and strategies to keep you energized along the way. This afternoon we celebrate our accomplishments at the Bright Angel Trailhead before bidding a farewell to the canyon and the memories we’ve shared.


10 miles, total elevation gain of 4,300 feet


Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own


On your own (Lodging package: one of the South Rim’s lodges, usually Kachina or Thunderbird)

Hiking up Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon

Nitty Gritty

AOA’s adventures might challenge you, but we don’t want them to surprise you, these Nitty Gritty details can help you decide if this the right trip for you.

Comforts of Home

Cell service: This area has very limited cell phone service, you should expect to be unreachable by phone. There is electricity available at Phantom Ranch but we recommend bringing a small portable battery to charge your phone for photos.

Accommodations & Meals

On this trip we stay at historic lodges which can be rustic. The restaurants in national park lodges often have slow service at meals. In the canyon we stay in the Phantom Ranch dormitories. These are gender-segregated rooms with comfortable bunks for 12 people. You may wish to bring earplugs for optimal sleep. Phantom Ranch does not manage for all dietary restrictions, but with advance planning AOA is always able to supplement food for guests.

Age & Group Size

Minimum Age: 12
Max Group Size: 9

Hiking & Weather

Hiking: This trip is very challenging. Hiking into Grand Canyon from the South Rim requires you to hike downhill continuously for 7 miles. The following day you must hike uphill continuously for 10 miles.

Weather: Weather on this trip can vary wildly from snow on the rims during spring and fall to extreme triple-digit heat in the canyon. Grand Canyon’s climate varies greatly with colder temperatures at the rim than in the inner canyon. It’s possible you could begin hiking into the canyon in the snow during colder months and during the warmer months it’s possible you may experience extreme heat in the inner canyon. We will help you prepare for any possible conditions that may arise.

Trip Ratings

Challenge 4 | Comfort 4 | Solitude 2 | Participation 1