Trail Guide/Wrangler

  • Xanterra
  • Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
  • Apr 07, 2021
Seasonal Communication - Public Outreach Environmental Education - Interpretation Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness

Job Description


Passionate about providing unforgettable guest service, creating memories for our guests that last a lifetime. Grand Canyon National Park Lodges is the perfect place to Live. Work. Explore. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, The Grand Canyon National Park is a place of remarkable beauty, peace and scenic grandeur. For those who live and work in the park, there are endless opportunities to discover and enjoy hiking, biking, camping, skiing, photography and more!  

JOB SUMMARY: Our Trail Guide/Wranglers guide mule rides in and out of the Grand Canyon and along rim trails. Selected candidates will be required to take a student ride to Phantom Ranch to make sure they can handle the depth, heat and terrain of the Canyon. The student ride will be free, but candidate travel expenses and lodging while here are not included. 

As our employee, you receive extremely affordable employee housing, discounted meals, employee discounts to explore other Xanterra properties and a generous benefits program for full time employees.


  • Catch and saddle designated mules, grain and groom mules while saddling.
  • Check equipment each day before saddling; report any defective equipment to Livery Management.
  • Assist in keeping the barn and corral clean.
  • Assist with daily feeding of mules.
  • Put mules up according to procedures, properly store saddles/tack.
  • Help load/unload guests onto mules at all load/unload points along the ride. Check equipment before loading guests at all points.
  • Always be aware of the string on the trail, pay close attention to riders, keep string together, keep rider safety at the forefront at all times.
  • Provide interpretive information about the Grand Canyon throughout the ride.
  • Pay attention to trail conditions, pending weather conditions, trail hazards, other trail users that may pose a danger to the mules and/or riders.
  • Communicate via two-way radio any accidents to mules or riders, and/or other important information.
  • Check all gear and make certain that such gear is equipped with all attachments, such as first aid emergency kits, and canteens.
  • Adhere to all safety, risk management and environmental policies while performing tasks.
  • Overnight stays at Phantom Ranch may be required from time to time. Based on the mixed-gender nature of the Trail crews and limited employee housing at the bottom of the Canyon, employees may be required to share room accommodations with team members of the opposite sex. Employees will have access to gender-specific shower and restroom facilities, but will be expected to sleep in a co-ed bunk house. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least one year of experience handling horses or mules and proven equestrian skills.
  • Good verbal communication skills with ability to give instructions to riders, and provide interpretive information about the Grand Canyon.
  • Must be able to become certified in CPR, and basic first aid.
  • Must have own saddle and tack.
  • Experience with, or ability to learn two-way radio communications.
  • NAI certified, and once certified able to maintain hours through Grand Canyon interpretive training courses. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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