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. Arrange your visit to Bright Angel Trail and discover more family-friendly attractions in Grand Canyon National Park using our Grand Canyon National Park trip maker site .
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  • This was only our first full day in the country and we’d a drive to take in the afternoon so we limited ourselves to walking around 1.5hours along the trail from the top then turned around. This got u...  more »
  • Emboldened by our previous day's short hike on Hermit Trail, we decided to go big. We chose to hike from the rim down to Plateau Point for a better look at the river, as we felt this would give us eno...  more »
  • If this trail needs to be planned almost a year in advance, in order to have access to the necessary reservations at Phantom Ranch, however it is not mandatory to be a sportsman. You just love walk and be in good physical condition. Lack of seats at Phantom Ranch it is still possible to make a go back in the day only to Plateau Point, from the branch line located at Indian Garden. If it is common, for me anyway, of being passed at the beginning of descent by trained athletes expected less to see again them the other way before even arrived, it's rare but cel exists. What however regret my reservation at Phantom Ranch, is not in my possibilities! This long trail of 10 miles has different breakpoints, equipped with toilets and drinking water taps. They are staggered as follows from the starting point: 1.5 miles, 3 miles, 4.9 miles (Indian Garden), and River Resthouse after traveling 8 miles. If Indian Garden is not always calm, the caravans of tourists traveling by mule stopping there also, he is despite all the best place to eat and rest, so on the way down than during the ascent. A small green stop in a very mineral world somehow. Very steep on the major part of the course this trail only settles that nearby Colorado, we follow a good time before the bridge leading to the other side. A slight increase of less than one kilometer, but appearing much longer given the fatigue, and this is finally the campground and Phantom Ranch. Difficult not to speak of the latter constituting the essential night stage it perfectly can be compared to a mountain cottage, there are in fact the same benefits. A simple restore around common tables, a dormitory for women and men. The beds being on two levels better worth put his affairs as soon as possible, which allows to mark the location of their choice. Two calls and breakfast times are scheduled in the morning, the first is done at night and allows to engage the trail the day barely lifted. Recommended for all those who don't want to not be stressed by the arrival time. As for the descent it is delivered what to eat along the way. This trail is very common, but its length manages fairly quickly to disperse the marchers depending on their speed. The descent peace still grows past Indian Garden, final step for some. In fact everything would be fine if he had not to park as well as to leave room for frequent trains of mules! Quip but I can't help thinking that these would be many if they had been reserved to serve technical and food of Phantom Ranch, as well as to the people with reduced mobility. This trail is an unforgettable experience and often generates a strong urge to do it again. To change it is then possible to borrow the South Kaibab Trail. Although less shady and even a little more abrupt this route remains accessible to all but better probably reserved for the descent.
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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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