Over five million people visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon each year, but only one percent make it down to the bottom of the canyon.
That's where I'm taking you.
It's not the hike that takes your breath away.
Don't forget to yield to the donkeys.
Then watch your step once they have passed.
Time for a quick selfie along the trail.
We're almost there.
Over the river and through the woods...
to Phantom Ranch we go.
After you exit the dining hall, everyone hobbles down the steps and laughs at how tight their muscles are after sitting.
The only way to access this canyon is by helicopter, boat, mule or foot. You could send your things to stay overnight down on a donkey if you prefer not to pack them in.
The host informed us that we were in the same cabin where Danny Glover once stayed. He also retold an amusing story of how Oprah tried to recruit him on one of her visits, but he declined the job offer saying he preferred his canyon view over any that Chicago had to offer.
It's hard to leave the beautiful Grand Canyon after our time at Phantom Ranch. We feel connected to the canyon now. (That happens when there's no wi-fi.)
I've been to a lot of great places, but this is by far the best.