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Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
Bright Angel Trail begins at Grand Canyon Village and descends 1,335 m (4,380 ft) to the canyon floor. You can follow the trail another 3.2 km (2 mi) to the Bright Angel campground and Phantom Ranch. The path is the main trail used by hikers and mules on their journey through the Grand Canyon to the campground. During high season, the trail can be crowded, but adopt a slow pace to enjoy the views on the way down. Wear footgear with sturdy grips and bring plenty of water. You can stock up on supplies at the visitor center at the top of the plateau before heading down to the canyon floor. With our online itinerary creator, Grand Canyon National Park attractions like Bright Angel Trail can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A trail that you can determine the distance, time or degree of difficulty by how far down into the Canyon you go. There are restrooms/water spots near the 1.5 and 3 miles markers. Regarding the timing...  read more »
  • great hike with easy stops! Make sure to follow the hiking tips! very important to take lots of water and lots of breaks! 
  • My husband and I visited GCNP as part of our 25th anniversary trip. He's more physically fit than I but I knew I wanted to at least get partway into the canyon. We went just beyond the 1 1/2 mile rest...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful trail in the Grand Canyon which leads all the way down to the Colorado River. The views are incredible, and you can make the hike as easy or difficult as you want. If you start to get tired, just turn back. Make sure to take plenty of water and snacks with you, and a good sun hat that covers your neck and you will enjoy the hike more. There are stops along the way to go to the restroom and refill your water bottles.
  • 100% incredible. I was fortunate enough to be able to hike all the way to the river to meet up with some friends and spend 10 days on the river. It's a pretty grueling hike and that's just on the way down! Granted, I did have a 60-lb backpack filled with clothing and gear for a 10-day raft trip, but for those of you just doing the hike, REMEMBER YOU HAVE TO HIKE BACK OUT! Going up is a whole lot harder than coming down. Bring plenty of water and snacks... good snacks, not Skittles or Red Vines or whatever... snacks that will actually give you energy. If you're a couple miles down and feeling a bit tired and/or are running out of water, TURN AROUND. The NPS isn't your personal guide, outfitter and rescuer. Will they rescue you? Yes. Should you put them in a position where they have to? NO! Enjoy this amazing place! Pick up after yourself, don't smoke cigarettes and stay on the trail!
  • Great views. Good workout. Although it's a strenuous hike, my 7 year old did the 3 mile rest stop & back in 3 1/2 hours with just a little encouragement. No handrails & steep drop offs, but wide, safe pathways. Be prepared in the summer to pack snacks & especially lots of water.
  • Most amazing hike of my life. Bright angel is very scenic the first 4.5 miles coming out from phantom ranch. Make that trip early and you will stay cool. Rest at indian garden. After that its back to desert and switch backs. 2 more rest areas with water after indian garden
  • Well worth the hike. Take it all the way to the bottom or just a few hundred yards. You won't be disappointed with either choice. There can be quite a few visitors near the top. Bring plenty of water. There are usually a few water fill stations along the way as well as a bathroom or two.
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