The Kaibab Trail and Phantom Ranch

The Park Service, frustrated by repeated failures to buy the Bright Angel Trail, finally built its own trail to the east of the village. Construction of both the South and North Kaibab trails required the extensive use of explosives, but when the new trans-canyon trail opened in 1928 it became the focus of tourism below the rim and resulted in the establishment of Phantom Ranch near the mouth of Bright Angel Creek.