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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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Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
+1 928-638-7888
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Reviewed 5 days ago

There are several trails leading into the the canyon. Some are difficult and some are “easy.” Bright Angel Trail is on the easy end of the spectrum. Having said that, be sure to bring water and to pace yourself. Going down is not strenuous, but...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Going down is easy and it is a breeze But going up gave me exercise induced asthma for the first time in my life. Took me three times as long to go up since I had to stop every 20 feet or less to recover....More

Thank Kimberly L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The trail is pretty wide and well laid to make for relatively easy hiking. We hiked the 1.5 mile loop, which is 1.5 miles down and 1.5 miles back for 3 miles round trip. We aren't in the best of shape, don't run marathons or...More

Thank Kristie A
Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided that we would try to hike to the first rest area 1 1/2 miles down. Spectacular views but a tough hike back up. We thought we were is better shape than we are. Definitely winded but so glad we did it! Hoping to...More

2  Thank Jen R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is probably the most well-known trail at the South Rim. It is long, but not treacherous. Still, take your time and bring lots of water. It gets quite hot and dry. We did not get all the way down, as there were health concerns...More

Thank DjDan48
Reviewed 1 week ago

This trail is very popular and will be crowded. Get out early. Go at your own pace and don't travel beyond your means. Bring water too. The views are amazing and even though I don't like heights I felt safe. It is right in the...More

Thank Jeff B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic hike! It’s beautiful, majestic and very well groomed with minimal steep steps and mostly well graded down to Indian gardens. But it also has a significant incline to it so it’s recommended for those who are in shape. But at least...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Similar views throughout our short hike to the 1.5mile marker. I preferred the South Kaibab trail for a short hike. The view seemed to change more. Both trails were well maintained.

Thank JuliaSN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful hike but I would not recommend it for young children. It is well maintained but very narrow and rocky. It has some steep spots with many switchbacks. Please go prepared, comfortable hiking shoes, water, snacks and a small camera.plus give yourself...More

Thank 63Kathyd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked from the rim trailhead down to the first rest stop (1.5 miles) before returning to the top. The trail was crowded near the top but thinned the further down we went. It is a well worn and dusty path that is usually fairly...More

1  Thank HighfieldPA
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7 January 2018|
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Response from HighfieldPA | Reviewed this property |
I agree that the Rim Trail seems best if looking for an easy walk with great views.
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