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Phantom Ranch

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Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon, AZ

The only hotel located below the rim of the Grand Canyon isn’t exactly easy to get to. Some folks take the 10-mile hike; others white-water raft along the churning Colorado River from the historic Grand Canyon Village. But for the truly intrepid, the only way to arrive at this 11-cabin retreat is by mule. The roughly five-hour trip, organized by the ranch, leads along jagged cliffs and plummeting gorges, and finally across the mighty Colorado via suspension bridge before arriving at the lodge—which is crafted from native wood and stone and uses eco-friendly evaporation cooling during the summer months. A hot shower and a steak dinner will never seem more delicious. —David Kaufman


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