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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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  • This trail has a lot of great vistas, and must be appreciated in full, by giving it at least an entire day. It is absolutely worth it. 
  • We rode mules down this trail. It was a nice easy trail that leads down to Indian Garden and then onto Phantom Ranch. Both stops have toilets and an area to fill up for water. I don't know that there ...  more »
  • You think the view from the top is good? Well just wait till you get to the bottom. 22km round trip with 3200 Feet elevation loss and gain. Hard? Heck ya. Worth it? You bet. One of the most incredible...  more »
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  • This hike is an awesome day hike. NOT FOR BEGINNERS. It's rated moderate to difficult due to terrain and the steep grades. I love taking this trail out to the plateau overlook. Expect an average hiker to take about 4-6 hours round-trip. Experienced, athletic people can take under 4 hours. It takes me less than 4 hours to log 13 miles on this trail! Expect to see mules and LOTS of people! Great for trail running once you're on the bottom.
  • THE Canyon. The one and only. Worth the trip - and then some. Be warned, however... There are entirely too many people - and cars. And damn few parking spots. During any "typical" vacation time, the park is jam packed. Feel lucky if you can find a parking space at all, within half a mile of where you want to go. No, I am NOT exaggerating. If you're smart, you'll do your research and pick a less busy time. Perhaps on a week day, very early in the morning. If it's summer the afternoon is brutally hot anyway.
  • The Grand Canyon Bright Angel trail. The starting point for many Phantom Ranch hikes. Restrooms at the top. Recently expanded. Emergency phone is attached to the west side of the restroom building. Great views.
  • We hiked down this trail till 3 mile resthouse. It is very impressive to see the rocks rising around myself. Unfortunately the signs and warnings are too much, as this time (end of October) it is not that hot and also not that difficult to hike down till Indian Garden and back. The trail is very smooth and easy to walk, except some small passages. It took us four hours in and out, including taking a lot of pictures and enjoying the canyon at three mile resthouse for some time.
  • This is the definition of magnificent. The suggested distance according to the map is off by about a mile if you're hiking to the plateau point (should be about a mile longer). This trail is easier and less steep than South Kaibab Trail. Multiple rest areas along the way (about 1.5 miles each). They don't recommend rim to river in one day. A day hike to Plateau point is very doable. Late October is a great time for hiking.