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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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  • 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

Start at 4-5am you will need a head light. Trekking shoes and hat required. Drinking water and restrooms on trail. Take some energetizing gels or snacks and isotonics. If you do not want to the very bottom of the Canyon by Bright Angel I recommend...More

Thank AlexaKPL
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This hike/ walk is not all that strenuous and could be easily taken by most folks young and old. It is not that long, and the he elevation changes are also not bad. This trail is easily accessed from the lodge and is narrow in...More

Thank VillagerRick
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A fairly easy walk from the lodge to bright angel. This point was beautiful at sunset, but there were still plenty of people catching pictures and admiring the view. Still well worth it!

Thank KelsieMoose
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trail is a nice one with good views. There is also a souvenir shop where you can get t shirts etc. Take water with you. As we could not get a place in the bus, we opted for the trail. Start early after sunrise.

Thank KarthikBalan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Previously, we toured the South Rim (via helicopter & walking). We chose the Bright Angel Trail because it was somewhat short and listed as an "easy" hike. It's got beautiful views of the Canyon. But be prepared -- there are NO rails (like the South...More

3  Thank bitsmom_tn
Reviewed 1 week ago

My partner and I went to Indian Garden and back and it was an amazing hike. I haven't done many long hikes before so this was the most challenging hike I have done. It's about 10 miles round trip and there is water and toilets...More

1  Thank Myamojo
Reviewed 1 week ago

So - I hiked down into the canyon in June. I left at 6 am. I got to the bottom at 8 am. But, then I had to walk back up... That took 4 hours. I'm not in the greatest of shape, but I do...More

1  Thank themadhatter726
Reviewed 1 week ago

This super easy half mile trail starts at the visitor center and end ends with a great view over the North Rim.

Thank Carlo d
Reviewed 1 week ago

So, our tour guide said we had to view the canyon from underneath the rim. I had no intention of going down any trail but after hearing him say that and let's face it....yolo, I made a small hike down the trail! It was amazing,...More

Thank gordon fan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing, panoramic view. Take your long lens, short lens, medium lens, and every other lens you have. For those of use afraid of heights take your time...it's worth the work to get to the end.

Thank Mike E
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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