North Rim Grand Canyon Mule Ride

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Scott S. on September 18, 2001

A mule ride into the Grand Canyon came highly recommended, but when I tried to book one from the South Rim I found that you need to make reservations far in advance. Since there was nothing available, I made reservations with an outfit that conducts tours from the North Rim, which was also on our itinerary. While the South Rim is very "touristy", with crowds and traffic, the North Rim is far more remote and rugged, and in my opinion, even more dramatic and beautiful. If you have a chance, it is well worth the extra time to visit both the North and South Rim to see the contrast between the two. After all, why come all the way out and only see half?

I contacted and booked a half-day North Rim mule ride. As it turned out, a half-day was plenty. It was not particulary strenuous, but at the end of the trip, you are pleasantly tired. We descended halfway into the Canyon, often seeming to teeter precariously on the edge of a trail that seemed awfully narrow from atop the sure-footed mule. The scenery was beautiful and the guides were excellent, informative and entertaining. Bring your camera and video camera, and a bandana to keep the dust out of your nose and mouth. You may look like a bandit, but you will be glad later when everybody else is still blowing out red dust the next day. You get a "Master muleteer" certificate at the end of your journey to go along with your sole backside - plan a long, hot bath at the end of the day.

Highly recommended - an experience that you will tell your grandkids about. Affordable, easy to make a reservation, and not too hard for kids or adventurous older travelers. Be warned, there is a 200 pound weight limit!

Grand Canyon Mule Rides
Grand Canyon Tourist Center, South Rim
Grand Canyon, Arizona, 86023

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