The Duffel Service offered by Xanterra 888-297-2757, is based on availability and offers the luxury of hiring mules to carry your pack for you while hiking the Bright Angel Trail. Most itineraries offered by the outfitters allow for the in-bound duffel service on their lower canyon trips which begin with a hike down and into the canyon on day 1. With this service, you would drop your bags off at the Fred Livery barn the day prior, by 4pm and request the bags to be left at boat beach. Upon arriving at the bottom of the canyon, your bag will be there for you. Please note that for upper canyon trips with the required hike out at trip’s end, this service is very limited as most outfitters can not guarantee to have your bags at Phantom Ranch by the very early departure time. While there are 2 outfitter’s whose itineraries can offer this out-bound duffel service, one possible option for itineraries who can not would be for you to spend an extra day at the top of the South Rim following your hike out, in order for your bags to be transported on this following day.
Bag dimensions must be no larger than 36X20X13 and weight less than 30lbs.