Travel Tip 17 - So, How About Those Mule Rides?
Grand Canyon Mule Rides are extremely popular and typically book up 9 months to a year in advance during peak travel season (March through October). Grand Canyon mule trips on the South Rim are managed by Xanterra , who can be reached at 888/297-2757 or 303/297-2757. Before you make that call, you should know that there are physical requirements that all mule riders must meet with no exceptions. On the South Rim, they are:
No rider may weigh more than 200 pounds fully dressed (ALL riders are weighed, and if you weigh 201, you will not ride)
All riders must be 4’7” tall (children are measured if necessary);
All riders must speak and understand fluent English (if in doubt, they check you out)
No pregnant women.
Grand Canyon Mule Trips are not recommended for those with chronic back, hip or knee problems, or for those afraid of heights or large animals.
Insider Tip: demand for Grand Canyon South Rim mule trips does subside a bit during the winter months, which means you may have a chance of lucking out on a cancellation if you travel between November and February and if you call for reservations promptly. You should also be healthy enough to handle cold temperatures and possibly rain or snow.
On the North Rim, mule trips are offered by Canyon Trail Rides, who can be reached at 435-679-8665, or online at www.canyonrides.com Weight limits for North Rim mule riders vary from 200 to 220 lbs depending on the length of the ride; there are also age limits for North Rim mule trips as opposed to height limits. Grand Canyon North Rim mule trips run from mid-May to mid-October only, weather permitting.
Grand Canyon West does not offer trail rides into the inner canyon, but they do have horseback rides on the rim, or you can take a helicopter to the bottom of the canyon. For more information on Grand Canyon West, visit www.destinationgrandcanyon.com
If a mule ride is not for you, GrandCanyon.com has other ways to get you to the bottom of the Canyon. See your Grand Canyon Top Tours Brochure for more information, and take particular note of tours like the “Colorado River Adventure ” the “Colorado River Day Float Trip ,” “Canyon River Adventure ,” and our popular Las Vegas Grand Canyon Tour, the “Grand Voyager .”
Travel Tip 18 - Are River Rafting Trips Available?
Yes, there are a variety of one-day Grand Canyon river rafting trips – both smooth water AND white water! Float trips (no rapids) are offered out of Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim, Flagstaff, Sedona, and Page/Lake Powell from March through October. Children must be at least 4 years old to take part. Tours at Grand Canyon West include pontoon boat rides and are available year-round, weather permitting, with no age limit.