Incredible National Park Lodges for Your Next Family Vacation

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29th November 2017

NPS photo courtesy of Michael Quinn

Phantom Ranch: Grand Canyon National Park

Get away from the crowds and deep into the Grand Canyon at Phantom Ranch. This is the only lodging below the canyon rim, and it requires some luck and an adventurous spirit to make it happen. You can hike 7.5 miles into the canyon with your gear on your back, hire a pack mule, or raft the Colorado River to get there, and when you arrive, you’ll be treated to a rustic breakfast and dinner, and provided with a simple cabin to spend the night. Space is very limited, so a lottery is offered each year to a lucky few. It’s definitely not luxury, and it’s not for everyone, but it could be the perfect getaway for your family.

What we love: Hiking the Clear Creek Trail

Best time to visit: Late fall is perfect for hiking into the canyon. The canyon floor is much warmer than the rim.

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