Grand Canyon Journals

Grand Canyon - Mule Ride to Plateau Point

A September 2005 trip to Grand Canyon by ActSpacey

Mather Campground Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona More Photos
Quote: We took a quick Labor Day weekend visit to the Grand Canyon, which featured a mule ride down Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point. We camped at Mather Campground on the South Rim for 2 nights. The trip whetted my appetite for a return visit with my son.

Mather Campground

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Mather Campground Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
Best Things Nearby:GRAND CANYON! The campsite is located within the village - you can walk to the village and pick up the shuttle bus. Best Things About the Resort:I expected it to be crowded and noisy. Though it was pretty full, it wasn't noisy. The campers were all very considerate of each other.Resort Experience:Mather Campground is conveniently located within Grand Canyon Village. The sites were large and flat with plenty of cover. There are pay showers that had plenty of hot water and an attendant available to make change. The most important thing here is that you're right at the canyon, so you don't need to deal with the traffic jam just to ge...Read More

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Mather Campground
Grand Canyon Village
Grand Canyon, Arizona

Mule Ride to Plateau Point

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On the Edge Photo, Grand Canyon, Arizona
The Grand Canyon mule rides are legendary. Ever since that Brady Bunch episode, the idea of riding down into the canyon on a mule has been something I wanted to try.Since I like to hike but am not in the shape I should be, the mule ride was the only realistic way I was going to be able to see much of the inner canyon. Don't be deceived, though. The ride itself DOES require stamina and should not be attempted by those of poor health.I have always struggled with my weight. When I had my son 8 years ago, I gained even more weight, which I haven't yet been successful losing (and keeping off). When my friend Carol called to tell me she'd managed to book us onto the mule ride during ...Read More