Grand Canyon Mule Rides

Grand Canyon mule rides are a unique way for you to experience the breathtaking beauty of this natural wonder. If you've never even ridden a mule before, as many people haven't, you are in for quite an experience. Mules were a popular mode of transportation many years ago and they carried brave explorers on their backs. Riding a mule is certainly less tiring than walking to the bottom of the Canyon and back again. Mules are strong, hardworking animals accustomed to carrying heavy loads. There are some safety rules and requirements you'll need to meet before going on such an excursion.

First, it is important that you be in good health and do not suffer from any medical conditions. Although you won't be walking the sun may be very hot. In addition, your body will get sore from a long mule ride. Pregnant women and children are not permitted to ride mules to the Canyon. You must weigh less than 200 pounds and be at least four feet, seven inches tall. There are several choices when it comes to taking a scenic mule ride.

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The one day ride takes approximately 7 hours to complete. This trail spans from the Stone Corral to Plateau Point. There are rest stops taken every half hour or so during which you can take photographs. During these rest stops you are unable to dismount. There is a stop called Indian Garden which is approximately two hours into the trail where you can use the restroom and take a water break. After about 20 minutes the ride continues to Plateau Point where you can see the spectacular canyon and river below.



Some people prefer to do a two day, one night ride. This ride is similar to the one day trip except longer. You will stay at the rustic Phantom Ranch, which is located within the Canyon. The cabins at this ranch offer beds and bathroom facilities where you can shower. The entire trip spans 17 miles and is definitely the experience of a lifetime. With Grand Canyon mule rides, you get to experience the canyon the way the earliest explorers did -- up close and personal. On your journey you will not only get to see the beauty of the canyon but also a wide variety of plants and animals.

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