Magazine article Sunset

Thanksgiving Goes Grand: The Holiday Tradition at the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

Magazine article Sunset

Thanksgiving Goes Grand: The Holiday Tradition at the Bottom of the Grand Canyon

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Part of the magic of Thanksgiving at Phantom Ranch, the compound of stone cabins, canteen, and dorms nestled along Bright Angel Creek, is getting there. Up on the rim, temperatures can be below freezing, but once we get down in the canyon, it's warm enough for shorts and T-shirts. The hike from rim to river is 7 miles--and a drop of nearly 4,800 feet--on the South Kaibab Trail. At the top, I have those this is so damn big" views of the canyon. Then, as my group makes its way down, the color of the rock changes and we're passing through layer after layer of geologic time. The vista narrows with the canyon walls until, finally, the Colorado River, cottonwood trees, and the oasis of Phantom Ranch peek into view (park entry $25/vehicle, dorm beds $44, cabins from $144; grandcanyon lodges.com/phantomranch or 888/297-2757).

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Here, in a place deep down in the earth, it's natural to feel gratitude. …

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