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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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Tours to Bright Angel Trail
£111 BOOK WITH VIATOR 3 Hour Back-Road Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate By-Pass at 9:30 am 3 Hour Back-Road Safari to Grand Canyon with Entrance Gate By-Pass at 9:30 am
Duration: 3 hours
£281 BOOK WITH VIATOR Bright Angel Trail Day Hike Tour Bright Angel Trail Day Hike Tour
Duration: 4 to 8 hours
Bright Angel Trail reviews
We walked to the 3 mile rest house. We left early in the morning to avoid the heat which we would definitely recommend! We are both young and able bodied and found the trail easy to walk and although.... more
We walked to the 3 mile rest house. We left early in the morning to avoid the heat which we would definitely recommend! We are both young and able bodied and found the trail easy to walk and although.... more »
I cannot say enough positive things about our visit to Bright Angel Trailhead at the Grand Canyon National Park. First off, I should mention that we went in February of 2022, and as you know at that.... more
I cannot say enough positive things about our visit to Bright Angel Trailhead at the Grand Canyon National Park. First off, I should mention that we went in February of 2022, and as you know at that.... more »
If you are up for a few steep trail portions, this is a short and convenient hike from main lodge. Incredible vistas.
If you are up for a few steep trail portions, this is a short and convenient hike from main lodge. Incredible vistas. more »
Great trail for heading into the Grand Canyon. It is well maintained. It is sunny, so can be hot. Most people turn around pretty close to the top, so that part is busy. Have hiked the trail to the bottom, but this time just a small section. Saw some adventurous mountain goats too.
I hiked from the Colorado River to the top of Bright Angel Trail. It's well maintained. Had three water stations (bring two, one liter bottles). You'll discover some of the most incredible views Earth has to offer. The hike up is challenging... bring your A game!
Great hikes! It was hot, and we initially thought to go to the Plateau point, but I got pretty exhausted when we got down to the Indian Garden, so we decided to return from Indian Garden. There is always a balance between feeling a sense of accomplishment from hiking vs enjoying the view. Do decide which is more important to you. If it is the view, I would recommend taking a shorter hike 😀
This was a pretty good trail but for us, the best part of the trail was at the beginning at the overlook. To be fair, we turned around at Indian Gardens and didn't go all the way to the river. The first 5 miles to Indian Gardens is downhill, making the last 5 miles all uphill. We started close to 9 am and were done at 2pm. We parked at Bright Angel Lodge parking lot and it wasn't full by 8:30 but we went on a Monday morning! I would recommend this time of the day to go because by the time you get done you can still check out some of the overlook points along Rim Trail or further east if you choose to do so! This trail was neat because of the change in geological formations and environment that you see in such a short period of time. Would definitely recommend hiking poles!
I am a beginner hiker and chose this trail because it was the most popular and well maintained. Went down to the 1.5 mile rest house and back up in about 3 hours (1 hr down and 2 hrs back up). Went during the winter so the trail was very icy at the top, so crampons are a must. My fitness level is not that great so it took me a while and I was also being extra careful because of the ice. Overall it was a great experience, and I plan to come back and go farther down next time.
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