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20 Best Outdoor Vacations for Firefighters

Tania Khadder

June 11, 2010

12. Mule Riding the Grand Canyon’s South Rim

This trip is not for the faint of heart, but it is the best way to experience the canyon’s geology, wildlife and beauty from the top down. Depending on your budget, time restrictions and fitness level, you can choose from one of two options. Ride 3,200 feet down the Canyon walls to Plateau Point, a 7-hour day-trip. Real thrill-seekers go all the way down to the bottom of the canyon, spending the night at Phantom Ranch, a riverside oasis.

The mules like to ride on the very edge of the trail — and sometimes it seems like they’re about to walk right over the edge and take you with them. But they won’t, and you’ll be treated to some of the most spectacular Canyon views. Tip: Make advanced reservations – these trips fill up quickly. Some visitors book their tours up to two years in advance.