Mule ride options include 1-3 hour rides along the rim of the canyon, 3-hour rides into the canyon, and multi-day trips to the bottom of the canyon. The cost ranges from $50 to $700. You cannot ride if you weigh more than 225 lbs.
Is Grand Canyon mule ride worth it?
The trip was well worth the money, we had an amazing time! The views were stunning and our travel guide John was knowledgeable and friendly. There is no riding experience necessary for this activity.
How safe are Grand Canyon mule rides?
As he said, the Grand Canyon mules have an EXCELLENT safety record. One thing about mules is that they have a very finely tuned sense of self-preservation. They are highly unlikely to do anything that endangers them, and that means they are just as unlikely to do anything that endangers you!
Has anyone died on a Grand Canyon mule ride?
Only one person has ever died while riding a mule up or down the canyon. He was a mule train employee crushed by one of the animals in a fall.
What is the weight limit for a mule in the Grand Canyon?
Restrictions: 7 or 10 year age limit, depending on trip. 200 lb/94 kg or 220 lb/102 kg weight limit, depending on trip. Visit them at canyonrides.com.
What do you wear to a mule ride at the Grand Canyon?
You must always wear long pants and solid shoes. No open-toed shoes or sandals will be allowed. Any hat worn must be able to be tied around your chin. As everywhere, weather can vary.
The ride down is about 10½ miles (5½ hours) and back up is about 7.3 miles (4½ hours).
How much does a good mule cost?
Depending upon a number of factors, mules price ranges between $1000 to around $8000. Young unbroken mules are cheaper than the rest. A buyer can get a strong healthy mule within the range of $1000 to $3000.
What is the best time of year to go to the Grand Canyon?
The best times to visit the Grand Canyon are March through May and September through November, when daytime temperatures are cool and crowds are thin. If you decide to visit during the summer (the park’s peak season), be prepared for hordes of tourists and very limited lodging availability.
Are the Grand Canyon mules treated well?
The mules in the Grand Canyon are treated extremely well. The animals are given proper rest and are not overworked. They even have “Equine Therapists” that are essentially chiropractors for mules. They have clean and spacious grounds where they are kept.
How much can a mule carry?
“U.S. Army specifications for pack mules state that ‘American mules can carry up to 20 percent of their body weight (150 to 300 pounds) for 15 to 20 miles per day in mountains,'” Wickler says. “There are some anecdotal reports of 350 to 400 pounds and even an 1867 reference to 600 to 800 pounds for mules.”