You Can Help Name the Grand Canyon's Newest Mule

This Grand Canyon mule doesn't have a name yet, but it will soon. | Courtesy of Xanterra

A mule that takes Grand Canyon visitors from the South Rim to Phantom Ranch is looking for a name, and you can help choose it.

Xanterra, which runs the visitor services at Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim, said in a news release that the possibilities for the mule's name have been whittled down to 10 finalists from thousands of suggestions submitted by USA Today Network members.

Unfortunately, that means if you've got a really creative idea (such as "Ferris Mueller") ... well, it'll have to wait for the next mule-naming contest, if there is one. For now, you can visit this website and cast a vote for one of the 10 finalists: Adira, Agave, Aliya, Amara, Amberley, Hiraani, Nayla, Sariel, Victory and Vista.

You have until Friday (February 24) to cast your vote. By doing so, you'll be entered for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card, Xanterra said.

In related news about getting around at the Canyon, park officials would like to remind visitors of the Tusayan Route, a seasonal South Rim shuttle route. The route debuted a few years ago but is starting earlier this year, March 1, to alleviate spring break traffic. It'll run until September 30.

The route allows visitors to park in Tusayan and take a shuttle to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center on the South Rim (a valid park pass is required). From there, they can hop on any of the park's other shuttles to explore overlooks and hiking trails. To learn more, click here.

Comments

It looks like a Dakota to me

JUST LOST MY BELOVED PADDY WOULD LOVE THE NAME TO LIVE ON ,I DID THIS RIDE IN 2005 ON HAPPY SO ONLY ONE LETTER DIFFERENT

I think the mules name should be donkey from shrek movies

Who picked those stupid names. He is a Tennessee mule. He should have a name like Ernie, Elwood, Wilbur something along those lines something simple and homegrown. The only name on your list was Agave he is the color of the syrup not the cactus.

Muleie

Paleo

I like Vista

Amara

Kolby, in honor and memory of Emery and Ellsworth Kolb.

I vote for Vista

Vista

How about naming him "Steady"?

I think its name should be Tripp.

Amberley is my pick. None of these choices are appropriate though.

Gingersnap

Agave. Appropriate for AZ.

Agave

"Buckshot"

If we vote here in the comments, my vote is Agave.

Buckwheat!!

Xandra or. Xander

Xandra or Xander

"Steady Eddie" or "Treadwell" or "Sure Foot"

Agave

I like the name Agave, it fits out here.

Sienna

Vista seems appropriate as that is what one will experience while riding this mule down into the canyon.

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