Canyon Campout: Phantom Ranch, Ariz.
Everyone knows the Grand Canyon is big, but its true size is impossible to grasp till you’re at its bottom. Phantom Ranch, set in a cottonwood grove near the Colorado River, is 4,500 feet below the canyon’s touristy rim. The rustic cabins (from $135/night), stocked and serviced by mule train, make a great base camp for day hikes fueled by hearty family-style meals of steak and stew.
REMOTENESS: Once you hit the ranch’s South Rim, it’s still a half-day hike down steep canyon trails—and the return trip is even longer.
BOOK IT: Way ahead. Getting a reservation is almost as hard as the hike out, and the more people, the trickier. grandcanyonlodges.com
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