Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway

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Dates: Jan-Dec - see all dates

Total Days: 4

Activity Level: 3-4

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Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway

Price:

2014/2015

REI Member: $1,650

Non-member: $1,825

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $180

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Apr 22–25 Sold out
  • Oct 26–29
  • Oct 28–31 Sold out
  • Nov 6–9 Sold out
  • Nov 13–16
  • Nov 20–23
  • Dec 3–6
  • Dec 11–14
  • Dec 18–21
  • Dec 29 – Jan 1

2015

  • Jan 8–11
  • Jan 15–18
  • Jan 22–25
  • Feb 6–9
  • Feb 13–16
  • Feb 20–23
  • Mar 5–8
  • Mar 12–15
  • Mar 19–22
  • Apr 2–5
  • Apr 7–10
  • Apr 13–16

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Group Size: 4-15

Activity Level: 3-4

Activities:

  • Hiking

Accommodations:

South Rim area hotel, 1 night; Single-gender dorm, 2 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the Grand Canyon's incomparable geology from top to bottom
  • Spend two nights at the legendary Phantom Ranch, deep within the canyon
  • Explore the canyon floor and Colorado River with only daypacks

The lure of Phantom Ranch deep inside the Grand Canyon has long enticed adventure travelers to make the epic journey on foot down to the spectacular Colorado River. Join REI for this amazing hike through two billion years of geologic time in the renowned Grand Canyon Corridor.

We spend our first night in a comfortable lodge on the park's south rim, just steps away from gorgeous views of the canyon. Then, carrying only daypacks, we descend the South Kaibab Trail to the long bridge spanning the Colorado River, finding ourselves at the idyllic and historic Phantom Ranch. With two nights and a full layover day here, we discover the seldom explored labyrinths of the canyon's depths and relax on the banks of the river before returning via the scenic and winding Bright Angel Trail.

Discover what makes Phantom Ranch and the Grand Canyon such beloved icons of adventure on this classic route through some of our nation's unique and dramatic wilderness.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Travel to the Grand Canyon for a welcome and warm-up hike.
  • Day 2 - Descend via the South Kaibab Trail to arrive at Phantom Ranch.
  • Day 3 - Enjoy a full day exploring on the Clear Creek and the River Trails.
  • Day 4 - Climb to the rim via the Bright Angel Trail and return to Phoenix.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Travel to the Grand Canyon for a welcome and warm-up hike.

    Our trip begins today in Scottsdale, Arizona. We'll meet our guides and the other trip members at 8:00 am to begin our transfer to the Grand Canyon South Rim. Our total travel time will be between 3 ½ to 4 ½ hours, with a stop (and optional pickup) in Flagstaff, AZ. We travel through four unique biomes, beginning in the Sonoran Desert filled with towering saguaro cactus, gradually climbing thousands of feet in elevation onto the Mogollon Rim, a high plateau covered in vast pine forests capped off by the San Francisco Peaks. Along the way our guides offer insight into the geological and natural history of this unique landscape. Soon we arrive at the Grand Canyon, where we'll enjoy lunch (and meet any members of our group already in the park) at the village before heading out on the park shuttle to begin our afternoon hike along the Rim trail. We'll hike right to our lodge perched on the rim. Tonight we enjoy the desert sky, sunset, and dinner in Grand Canyon Village. We will get a rundown of the trip itinerary, gear check, and packing tips. Meals included: lunch, dinner.

    Hiking: 3 miles; Terrain: Maintained trail with 100' elevation gain/loss total.

    Note on Lodging: Our lodging this evening will be at either Kachina Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, or one of the equivalent hotels at the south rim of the Grand Canyon. More specific details will be provided on the Final Bulletin you receive closer to your trip date.

  • Day 2 - Descend via the South Kaibab Trail to arrive at Phantom Ranch.

    Get ready to burn off that big breakfast! Today's descent is 7 miles and 4,780 feet into the grandest of canyons. Our route takes us down a ridgeline affording jaw-dropping 360 degree views of the labyrinth of amphitheaters, temples and buttes. The trail begins with a series of switchbacks to breathtaking Ooh Aah Point before we resume our descent another 1,200 feet, traveling back 40 million years in the geologic record to Cedar Ridge. From here we traverse the Tonto platform before dropping into the inner gorge. The last part of our hike takes us along the Colorado River and over a suspension bridge where we'll find Phantom Ranch at trail's end. Nestled on the banks of Bright Angel Creek just before its confluence with the mighty Colorado River, this former settlement and hunting camp is a "bucket list" destination for many. The current camp was designed by famous architect, Mary E. J. Colter, and was completed in 1922. Reservations can be a challenge to come by on your own (often sold out a year in advance), but relax in the knowledge that this piece of history will be our home for the next two nights. All meals included.

    Hiking: 7.5 miles; Terrain: A well maintained but rocky and occasionally steep trail descends from 7,200 feet at the trailhead to approximately 2,500 feet at the Colorado River.

  • Day 3 - Enjoy a full day exploring on the Clear Creek and the River Trails.

    A day in the very bottom of Grand Canyon is all yours, with the canyon walls blocking out the rest of the world and affording a feeling of tremendous peace and tranquility. Today we have the option to hike the spectacular Clear Creek Trail and River Trail. Beautiful panoramas await you as you climb this trail sometimes referred to as one of the canyon's "best kept" secrets. If you'd like to take it easy and rest up for tomorrow's ascent, you may choose to use this day for relaxation, cheering on the rafters, socializing with other adventurers, or stretching out in the shade with a book and a cold beer. Photographic and bird watching opportunities abound in this lush green riparian habitat fenced in by sheer walls of rock. Your guides will be available all day to share with you the secrets of one of the world's most special places. All meals included.

    Hiking: 3-5 miles optional; Elevation gain/loss: up to 1,000 feet.

  • Day 4 - Climb to the rim via the Bright Angel Trail and return to Phoenix.

    The rising sun finds us preparing to conquer the canyon. Our exit is via the classic Bright Angel Trail. After crossing the Colorado River, we'll follow the trail as it snakes its way up out of the inner gorge to the shady oasis of Indian Gardens. Here we will refuel and refill with water before tackling the steep ascent up Jacob's Ladder through the Redwall layer. While always a tremendous challenge your guides will provide you with helpful hints, strategies, techniques, and their insider knowledge of the keys to a successful ascent. With proper preparation, hydration, and diet, the entire group will soon be high-fiving and hugging on the rim. We'll take a brief pause to celebrate our shared accomplishments before hopping in the van to make the return trip to Phoenix via Flagstaff. Plan on arriving in Flagstaff for a light farewell dinner between 3:30-5pm, with a return to Phoenix between 7:00-8:00pm. All meals included (Breakfast and lunch provided by Phantom Ranch, dinner in Flagstaff).

    Hiking: 10 miles; Terrain: Maintained trail with a 4,300 foot elevation ascent.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Price Includes

One night in a hotel (double occupancy), two nights in Phantom Ranch dormitories in Grand Canyon (single gender dorm); guide leadership; van transportation from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon and return; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; snacks; beverages including coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate; park fees, camping fees and local taxes. If you choose to meet the trip at the South Rim, you will be responsible for your own park entry fee. If you choose to remain at the South Rim upon conclusion of the trip, you will miss the group dinner in Flagstaff, AZ.

Not Included

Flights to/from Phoenix, AZ or Flagstaff, AZ ; airport transfers; alcoholic beverages; guides gratuities; excess baggage charges or insurance of any kind.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Weather

During most months the canyon receives very little or no precipitation. However, please be prepared for a stray rainstorm or even snowstorm particularly in the months of December, January, and February. July and August have sporadic afternoon thunderstorms and there is also a rare possibility of winter storms on the rim occurring during the months of March and April. You should mostly plan for warm, sunny days and chilly nights. The rim of the canyon is located at approximately 7,000-8,000 feet in elevation with Phantom Ranch located at approximately 2,500 feet in elevation. It is common for there to be a temperature difference between the two locations of 30-degrees or more. This wide temperature range makes it difficult to provide generalized weather advice for your adventure; please contact us for additional information.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway Gear List

The key to staying comfortable on safari is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation. This gear list is provided to help you in choosing your equipment and clothing for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Trip leader first-aid kit
  • Traction devices for footwear (seasonal)
  • Bedding, pillow and towel at Phantom Ranch
Luggage
  • Soft-sided duffel bag (medium-size and sturdy, wheels and retractable handle are fine)
  • Daypack 40-65 liters to carry your camera, water bottles, lunch, change of clothes, toiletries, etc.
  • Daypack rain cover
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket (lightweight, waterproof and breathable)
Clothing
  • Midweight down or fleece vest
  • Lightweight thermal underwear top and bottom (synthetic or wool)
  • Hiking pants (convertible highly recommended)
  • Hiking shorts
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks (synthetic or wool)
  • Liner socks
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat (May, October and November trips)
  • Wool or fleece gloves (lightweight)
Footwear
  • Hiking boots (sturdy, midweight, broken-in, aggressive tread)
  • Water-sport footwear for wading through creeks, wearing at the Ranch, etc. If sandals, should have ankle straps. No flip-flops.
Travel Accessories
  • Three (3) one-quart water bottles or hydration system and 1 one-quart water bottle
  • Flashlight or headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Sanitary wipes
  • Toilet paper (sm amount for trail use)
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Toiletry kit
  • Personal first-aid kit (think light!)
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes and trash
Optional Field Gear
  • Rain or wind pants (waterproof and breathable)
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Swimsuit
  • Camera, memory card(s), spare batteries
  • Small binoculars
  • Watch with alarm or travel clock
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Soap for hand-washing laundry
  • Wash cloth (towels are provided)
  • Insect repellent
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Games and toys: Frisbee, cards, etc.
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Ear plugs
  • Gaiters (for walking in snow – seasonal)

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing (including hiking boots) and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed. Pack your camera and film in your carry-on, too.
  • Winter temperatures on the South Rim of the canyon can be quite cold and windy, but we will spend the vast majority of our time in the milder inner canyon. Since we must carry all layers that get shed, be mindful of weight & compressibility when selecting warm layers.
  • To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather, but once it becomes wet it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics (Capilene, MTS or Thermax).
  • Trekking poles add two additional points of contact to aid in balance on steep terrain with loose features. They also reduce the amount of shock absorbed by the knees when you are descending. They are not required for the trip, but are highly recommended.
  • Make sure hiking boots are broken-in. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic (not cotton). Test your sock combination before you go on the trip. Add blister treatment to your personal first-aid kit, just in case.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
  • Snacks: Plenty of food and snacks will be available at all times during the trip.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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4.9

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Pros

  • Food (8)
  • Guides (8)
  • Exceeded expectations (7)
  • Well organized itinerary (7)
  • Activity level (6)

Cons

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual adventurer (4), Casual/ recreational (3)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Active adventures (8), All the details planned for me (8), Destination (7), I liked the itinerary (6), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (5)

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      5.0

      Awesome Experience

      By Joe Montana

      from Chicago, Illinois

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Site Member

      Pros

      • Accommodations
      • Activity Level
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about REI Adventures Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway:

          The trip was very well organized and managed by our guide Jimmy. I was surprised each day whether it was the hike our guide decided to take us on or the great lunch he provided us in the backcuntry.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • Time committment was manageable with work and family life and activity level looked appropriate.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Our guide Jimmy was the absolute best.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Get yourself a pair of trekking poles--they will save you going up.
           
          5.0

          Physical Challange with Great Payoff

          By Mtn Bike Dan

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

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              Comments about REI Adventures Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway:

              I was a solo on this trip but came away with 11 new friends! Our guides Alex L. and Taylor B. were true professionals and went way above and beyond for our safety, comfort and enjoyment. The meals they provided during our hikes were very creative and nothing short of gourmet. At one point our guide Taylor had to carry two backpacks for several miles when one group member was shaken-up from a minor stumble. Taylor must have had 50 pounds between his own and the second pack! What a trooper! The food at Phantom Ranch was excellent, good, hardy family style food. Accomodatations in the bunk house were basic, think summer camp, but included a hot shower and flush toilet, both right in our bunk house. Day2 - our full day down at the ranch we did two great hikes that really allowed us to explore. This guided trip gave me the confidence and knowledge to tackle a similar trip with my sons on our own one day. The physical beauty of the Grand Canyon makes this a must do, must see National Park.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • Having seen the Grand Canyon from both the South Rim and North Rim, it was time for me to adventure below the rim. Also, the dates aligned with a business trip to Vegas.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Our guides Alex L. and Taylor B. were unbelievable. They really made the trip. However, the shear size and natural beauty of the canyon, cliffs and river were the real highlight. Add to that the historic aspect of Phantom Ranch.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • At 49 years old my goal was to "not be a liability" so I spent nearly 3 months doing very strenuous weekend hikes building to 10+ miles with 20 pound pack and 2,500+ foot elevation gain/loss. I felt I was very well prepared but was still quite muscle sore after the GC hikes. My advice is, train hard you will enjoy your time in the canyon better also, pack light.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Five Stars

              By JonnyATL

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Perfect Amount Of Hiking
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

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                  Comments about REI Adventures Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway:

                  Be prepared with a day pack and enjoy the hiking...bring some beer money for Phantom Ranch. Best Tecates I've ever tasted.

                  Our guide, Chris A. from Phoenix, was the best. Very knowledgeable about the region, the environment, the Canyon. Extremely well-rounded and personable outdoorsman.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • Wanted to see the National Parks in the Southwest and started with this Phantom Ranch trip.
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • The first full day we had in the Canyon at Phantom Ranch we hiked up about 2 miles to a viewpoint above the Ranch and the Colorado River. I was so enthralled by the scenery that I squatted right into a cactus while trying to get an angle on a picture...but I didn't care because of how perfect everything else was at that moment in the sun over the Colorado River with no access to the outside world
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • Do it.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A must do bucket list experience

                  By Rob the Backpacker

                  from Scottsdale, Arizona

                  About Me Casual Adventurer

                  Site Member

                  Pros

                  • 2-days At Phantom Ranch
                  • Accommodations
                  • Activity Level
                  • El Tovar Lodging And Food
                  • Exceeded Expectations
                  • Food
                  • Group Camaraderie
                  • Guides
                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                  • Quality Equipment Provided
                  • Rei Info And Gear List
                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                  Cons

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                      Comments about REI Adventures Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway:

                      Our group of seven was very compatible--fit and fun. Be sure to try the mesquite cookies and prickly pear fruit. Take a swimsuit for the extra day at Phantom Ranch. The "pool" below the waterfall awaits you. Order the lemonade at the canteen. Grab a bottom bunk if you can. Pack comfortable water shoes--preferably with closed toes. Let Alex be your guide--if possible.

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Knowledgeable guides, May Weather, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • Hiking the Grand Canyon was near the top of my "bucket list". The trip was highly recommended by family and friends who had previously made the round-trip hike. The itinerary, including two nights at Phantom Ranch,was perfect for me.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • The highlight for me was getting deep into the Canyon and witnessing firsthand the scale and diversity of my surroundings. Eating ice cream on the rim following our hike out was also a special treat!
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • Preparation is key. Try out your boots and pack on strenuous hikes prior to your Canyon trip. Use a hydration system and hiking poles. Take convertible hiking pants with side zippers. Stop along the trails to enjoy the magnificent views--and share pictures with others in your group.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Unbelievable!

                      By Cwfarms

                      from Sonoma, CA

                      About Me Casual Adventurer

                      Pros

                      • Accommodations
                      • Activity Level
                      • Enthusiastic Guide
                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Food
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides
                      • Knowledgeable guide
                      • Spectacular Views
                      • Well Organized Itinerary
                      • Well Planned

                      Cons

                      • Folks In Office Con

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway:

                        This was a trip for anyone wanting to experience the awe of the Canyon on a gut level without risk. It is well planned with a rest and recovery day at a special historic place, The Phantom Ranch, before hiking out. The true highlight of this trip was our guide, Chris. He truly is an "old soul" with a myriad of life experiences shaping his abilities. He made the trip not just good, but unforgettable. I will be looking for future trips with Chris as the guide!

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Prior Trips Were All Grea, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • Location I wanted
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • Chris, our guide....knowledgeable with palpable love of the canyon. He was, without a doubt, the best guide yet.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Train for steep downhill hiking
                         
                        5.0

                        Great trip with a great guide

                        By City Mouse Michelle

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        About Me First-Time Adventurer

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Accommodations
                        • Activity Level
                        • Food
                        • Guides

                        Cons

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                            Comments about REI Adventures Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway:

                            Our guide, Alex, took great care of us. He loved to surprise us with treats that he spaced out along the hike. Lunch on the way down was amazing.

                            I loved meeting all the different sorts of travelers and hearing their stories at Phantom Ranch.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Good For Solo Traveler, Instruction For Beginner
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • It seemed like a good milestone hike and I wanted to do something big for my first outdoor adventure.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • The sense of accomplishment
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Bring a second pair of shoes for hiking at the bottom and splashing in creeks.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Exceeded my expectations in every way.

                            By John from NH

                            from New Hampshire

                            About Me First-Time Adventurer

                            Site Member

                            Pros

                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about REI Adventures Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway:

                                The hike down the South Kaibab Trail was spectacular! The incredible views never seemed to end! On our "rest" day down at Phantom Ranch Alex and Jimmy had plenty of amazing inner canyon exploring lined up for us that was equal in splendor to the descent down S. Kaibab. The ascent on the third day was easier than I thought it would be, we managed to get an early start to beat the heat and in no time we were high fiving on the rim!

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • Descent down South Kaibab, inner canyon exploring
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Bring plenty of socks. A short pair of summer gaiters are not on the gear list but very helpful to keep dirt and stones out of your boots. Hiking poles are a plus. Find some local mountains, or at least some big hills, to use for your conditioning program.

                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Phenomenal, rewarding experience

                                By Ali R

                                from Chicago, IL

                                About Me First-Time Adventurer

                                Site Member

                                Pros

                                • Activity Level
                                • Destination
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Guides
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

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                                    Comments about REI Adventures Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway:

                                    Ascending to the Rim of the Bright Angel Trail from Phantom Ranch is no small feat, and the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction after conquering the Canyon is indescribable.
                                    Listen to your guide about nutrition and hydration, they really know what they are doing.
                                    Expect rustic at the Ranch. You will not be waited on, but the accomodations are clean. The food is unimaginative, but tasty and filling. Everyone you meet at the Ranch is unique and delightful in their own way.
                                    This was a fabulous vacation and I recommend it to anyone wanting to experience the Grand Canyon.

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Single Traveler Option, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I wanted a short weekend vacation with a lot of activity and scenic vistas.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • Alex, our tour guide was the highlight of my trip. He enhanced this fantastic adventure by providing wonderful snacks, encouragement and even a foot massage. His extensive knowledge about the Canyon, the geology, surrounding desert, and the native people provided an unexpected cultural treat. And lunch in the remote Phantom Canyon was a special experience.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Prepare your legs for the 7.5 mile descent, they will fatigue. If you are uncertain about using hiking poles, you NEED them. Cardio prep is essential for the ascent, so do not neglect a running, biking or swimming regimen. Invest in a hydration system/reservoir. A reservoir is vastly superior to bottles for ease of use on the trail. Bring water shoes to the Ranch for the rest day hikes.

                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Adventure it is! Absolutely enjoyed it.

                                    By Deeps5

                                    from Dallas, Texas

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                                          Comments about REI Adventures Phantom Ranch Weekend Getaway:

                                          Absolutely enjoyed this adventure. The beauty of Grand Canyon is stunning,like a beautiful dream. No words can do justice.
                                          Thanks REI for making this happen and making it very comfortable.

                                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
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