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Best use of mules: Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon
Photo by Audrey Hall; written by Peter Fish

Best use of mules: Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon

Why we love it: The only way to get to the ranch, an oasis at the bottom of the canyon, is by river raft, a steep 9.6-mile trek, or a mule ride. Mules can also haul your duffel if you hike. Mail? Delivered by mule.

Don’t miss: The adorable Mary Colter–designed cabins. From $43; grandcanyonlodges.com 

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