Currently, Grand Canyon mule rides are done through the local concessioner, Xanterra. The phone number for the switchboard at Grand Canyon is 928-638-2631. Tell them that you are interested in a Grand Canyon mule ride and they will connect you to the Bright Angel transportation desk, where all of the Grand Canyon mule rides are booked. Most visitors make a point of visiting the world-famous El Tovar Hotel, even if they are not staying in that specific lodge. The El Tovar Hotel is a Registered National Historic Landmark, and the lodge has hosted famous people such as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and author Zane Grey.