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Bright Angel Trail

Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
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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
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+1 928-638-7888
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We decided to do a short hike recommended by the Park Rangers. We decided to hike further to the first resthouse. There are bathrooms there too. There are incredible views along the hike and at the first resthouse. Make sure you are prepared for the...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We waked down to the first resthouse (1,5 mile) and then went up again. This hike was great. The trail is beautiful and we had some amazing views. Here we learnt that going up is more difficult and takes much more time than going down,...More

Thank AnkeDS
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Reviewed yesterday

Due to time constraints we hiked just the first 1.5 miles down to the first rest stop. Even that short leg involves 1100 ft of descent. It is a beautiful trail that nicely switchbacks through the rock layers. Great views all the way, too! It...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This trail is daunting. We are in fairly good shape. We went down about a mile (to the lower tunnel). We enjoyed the hike along the Hermit's rest path much better. It was not nearly as difficult on our legs and my husband, who is...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The hiking trail is beautiful - but not without caution. Bring lots of water and wear hiking shoes at the very least. Hat, bandana, sun glasses too. We hiked with our 11, 14 and 16 yr olds down to the 1st rest house about 1.5...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We already hiked South Kaibab and were not sure whether to do this trail as well. I am glad we did. This trail takes you inside the canyon vs going next to the rim and you can see more greenery and some small animals. The...More

Thank DukeNJ
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband & I chose to limit our hike to a 9 mile, 3,000' elevation change to Indian Garden. We are avid hikers but live in Oregon with a more moderate climate. We made the right choice. We started on the trail at 6am to...More

1  Thank Sherry P
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Probably one of the best hikes in the world accessible to everyone and well groomed. Challenging but not outrageous, be careful on hot days and bring plenty of water.

Thank Paul J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked only a small section of this trail, but loved the views and admired the people who were venturing on further than we did!

Thank Natalie K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Only had a few hours on my recent visit. Hiked down to the second tunnel and back. Many people doing the same. Many families with children on the trail. Some of the people on the train are not aware of Hiker courtesy (like uphill hikers...More

Thank Bob F
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Kristen S
3 March 2018|
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Yes, both. In Tripadvisor's infinite wisdom they have banned website links in these answers. Go to the Grand Canyon National Park website and select Plan Your Visit, then Directions & Transportation, then Free Shuttle... More
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Darko M
25 February 2018|
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Response from DanielPofMI |
South Kaibab is better than Bright Angel for views. Go down to Skeleton Point and turn around. They usually have a ranger that turns people around unless they have a permit to stay overnight at the bottom.
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Sonali B
13 January 2018|
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Response from Gypstactor | Reviewed this property |
Actually you go over one suspension bridge before arriving at Phantom Ranch. You also cross it on the way back up to rim of the Canyon. You also go through a small tunnel; you need to duck down low(practically have to hug... More
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