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Bright Angel Trail

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Address: Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
Phone Number: (928) 638-7888
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Activities: Hiking
Description: One of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, this well maintained and...
One of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, this well maintained and popular trail offers breathtaking vistas, some shaded areas, plus a number of rest stops that have drinking water.
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Climbing up the bright angles trail from Phantom ranch had me in Awe. Being at the bottom of the canyon and looking up makes you realize how beautiful nature can be.the climb... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Climbing up the bright angles trail from Phantom ranch had me in Awe. Being at the bottom of the canyon and looking up makes you realize how beautiful nature can be.the climb itself is hard but if you pace yourself and make your water stops at Indian gardens and the 3 mile and one and a half mile water stops... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

If you do some of it or all of it, it is well worth your time. You get a greater appreciation of how really beautiful this canyon is. You can really get a better feel for all the textures and colors that make up the canyon as you take this trail. It is not easy going back up, but taking... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It's a very long trail. It takes 4 hours to go all the way down on this trail and 4 hours more to come back but it's worth! You will love it!

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Waco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The views on Bright Angel are spectacular, and the experience of going below the rim is truly worth every step. The rim is breathtaking, but Bright Angel adds another dimension to the Canyon. It is also the easiest of the South Rim trails, and large parts of it are wheelchair accessible. So, even if you never hike you should at... More 

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

try for a room at Bright Angel Lodge Cabins and step out of your room onto the trail, amazing access that is seamless to the Grand Canyon

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great trail!!! Four stops with bathrooms. We had lunch at indians gardens, the half way to bright angel campground.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Most people will only see the rim views, but if you are semi fit make the time and go for a walk. We walked from the bottom to the top on this route and it was incredible. Breathe taking views along and very different from the other path. We even got to see a stag near India garden. The route... More 

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I took this route down to the Colorado river as I was due to join a river trip at the phantom ranch around 9.00am. Leaving maswik lodge around 4.30 it was downhill all the way. The only advise I can give us to take your time as a couple of people on our trip couldn't walk for two days after... More 

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Jefferson City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

probably going in winter makes a big difference (no heat), and of course it is a long day (8 hrs from bottom), but I still had much worse expectations. water source halfway up during this season, didn't have to hike in dark at beginning or end

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

If in shape and staying over night go the 9.4 miles to the bottom. If not staying the night just go down a little bit and get some pictures. Make sure you leave enough time to get to the top before dark. It is a challenge getting back to the top, be safe.

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