Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    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 ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    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.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    The trail is divided into four stations, we have walked up to the first. This is still good to do with children. It is reasonably quiet, only the first few hundred metres is the pressure. If possible; walking all the way down and stay there one night. It is not advisable to do this in one day. Walk down is good, but you should also back up
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Where to stay in Grand Canyon National Park

You'll find plenty of options if you want to stay inside Grand Canyon National Park. Most campgrounds and lodges sit around the South Rim area, and they tend to fill up quickly for summer visits, so book as far in advance as possible. The price range for lodge accommodations varies greatly, so there's something for nearly every budget. The less-visited North Rim features one lodge. For those who hike to the bottom of the canyon, dormitories and cabins are available at Phantom Ranch. If you can't secure a place in the park or find something there to your liking, the small village near the south entrance offers inns and economy motels. You’ll have the convenience of nearby restaurants if you stay there.
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