Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks

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May 12, 2016
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Phantom Ranch mochila
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Mail travels by mule to and from Grand Canyon National Park’s Phantom Ranch, located at the bottom of the canyon. This service is offered by the ranch’s proprietor and is not an official postal route. Postcards and letters dispatched from the ranch receive a unique marking and are deposited in a mochila in the lobby. This World War II surplus cavalry saddlebag collected Phantom Ranch’s outgoing mail from the late 1940s until 2005.

Loan from Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Inc.