Andrew Gulliford

Phantom Ranch: Mary Colter’s oasis in the Grand Canyon

Anyone who has hiked the Bright Angel Trail off the Grand Canyon’s South Rim knows the pleasure 9 miles below of finding Phantom Ranch. How the ranch got there, who planted the first trees and who built the Craftsman-style cabins are part of the rich history of the canyon itself.

After hours of scorching sun, heat-baked rocks and...

Andrew Gulliford is a professor of Southwest Studies and History at Fort Lewis College. E-mail him at

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