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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  • First of all, the distances in reviews, online, and the wooden signs are off. It's more than 1.5 miles between restroom stops so to Plateau Point and back was 13 miles instead of 12. The second rest.....  more »
  • It's well worth hiking below the rim to get a different perspective on the Grand Canyon. Once you start down this trail, it's hard to stop, because there's another amazing view around each corner...  more »
  • Done this stunning trip yesterday. Its a 15+ miles/3,550' G/L. I'm a slow hiker and took my time with frequent stops. It took me 9 hrs. Will be back in two weeks  more »

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