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Bright Angel Trail

Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
+1 928-638-7888
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One of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, this well maintained and popular trail offers breathtaking vistas, some shaded areas, plus a number of rest stops that have drinking water.
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  • Very good16%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
+1 928-638-7888
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This trail offers some of the most powerful views around the Grand Canyon. They don't call it "GRAND" for nothing. There are lots of people there but plenty of room for everyone to get to the rail and take pictures.

Thank donnakhf
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our family of two adults and two teens hiked to the first rest stop. I believe it was a mile and a half. The views were amazing. The trail was crowded in August. We are an active family but not used to this type of...More

Thank lynnj73
Reviewed 3 days ago

This trail is an excellent day adventure. This trail is mainly down and up, with lots of switch backs. There are bathrooms and water stations about every 1.5 miles. The perspective from below the rim is neat. If you can make it, try reaching the...More

Thank GKLott
Reviewed 5 days ago

We did an hour down and came back. There are lots of hikes around and lots to do, so if you have the time you can hike longer. Highly recommend.

Thank Nadia O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect little trail in my opinion for great views for the important photo making opportunities we all look for.

Thank DeZtudio
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Short but wonderful hike. The view is incredible and it is very accessible. Don't forget you are hiking at 8000 plus feet so take your time on the way back as it is a little uphill.

Thank booboopoop
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hiked into the canyon to Phantom Ranch prior to our planned rafting trip. The hike in (down) was challenging Beautiful and very hot. It is essential to have adequate water, food and sunscreen. We enjoyed the hike and felt a real sense of accomplishment...More

Thank arlenemurals
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day out the views are spectacular and the trail has well laid out suggestions for your level of health and ability.

1  Thank Craig G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I started my hike up the Bright Angel Trail from Phantom Ranch after a rafting trip. The company got us on the trail by 6 AM just as it was getting light out. We were in the shade for a good hour or two before...More

Thank t3leonard
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there with my girlfriend. The goal was to get to the 1.5 mile point, which we made. The road to the top is what's the most difficult about this trail. But if you think you're up for the challenge, you will see some beautiful...More

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Hello, I have a few questions for all you hikers out there. My hubby and his friends do a international hike yearly, they try and also do a domestic one before their "big hike" in Europe. One of them mentioned the Grand Canyon. They have a quote from a Travel company which I think is ridiculous. It is NOT guided, it's is only 3 days and 20 miles. It doesn't include plane fare, but does include 3 days of lodging/food(not alcohol of course). I don't have any more specifics. I know they usually go from one lodge to the next on their European hikes so someone(prob the travel company), picks up their luggage and brings to the next one. I am sure they also give you maps etc, but these days you can do or that yourself... They are charging $2000. I think that is insane. They went to Ireland last year for 12 days, not guided, Lodges were included and so was most of their food and it was only $1200.00. Not including airfare. So I guess my question is, do any of you do either of these trails for 3 days or more, if so, do you change lodges or just stay in the same one? Are you going through a travel company for hiking the Kaibab or Bright Angel Trails that is more reasonable OR do you just pay for the lodging and food and no travel company? Thank you,
3 August 2017|
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Response from DanielPofMI |
Not sure what they're getting for $2000, that's ridiculous. I'm pretty sure most hikers just set things up themselves thru the National Park Service and their concessionaires directly. To hike the South Kaibab and Bright... More
Saurabh K
2 August 2017|
Response from DanielPofMI |
It is certainly doable but it will be challenging. It's 4.5 miles each way and coming back up might take twice as long as it did to go down. Advisable to get a very early morning start (i.e. the crack of dawn). It's August... More
28 July 2017|
Response from Gypstactor | Reviewed this property |
Honestly I don't know what it's like in December; my best advice is to call Bright Angel Trail and they can answer your questions better than I can. I don't want to give you wrong information. However, the views are... More