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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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Beautiful views and nicely organised, toilets and water on the way. Different resting points for different level of capabilities. 2 days to go all the way down but can see and do... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views and nicely organised, toilets and water on the way. Different resting points for different level of capabilities. 2 days to go all the way down but can see and do a lot in just few hours.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Get a Window table if you can, but is still a great experience and not 'pricey' at all. Food was Great, Service both in the waiting area which adjoins and at tables was very gracious.

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St George, UT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

See my other review about hiking from the north rim to the south rim. We went up the bright angel trail simply because it is not as steep and we were packing 25 pound backpacks.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I stopped at the Backcountry office at the Grand Canyon South Rim to ask for their recommendation on the best day hike possibilities. Since it was kind of a gray May day with the possibility of rain, the ranger recommended Bright Angel because it's a little easier to find places to take cover versus South Kaibab or... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is a great trail to walk down the Grand Canyon. bUT don't turn your back or walk backwards. We saw a Japanese girl almost do this. Also carry water

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Bright Angel is spectacular to hike, but I the views on South Kaibab are better. Don’t get me wrong, both are amazing and anywhere else in the world, Bright Angel is a 5; I am just giving some separation from South Kaibab. We did the 4.5 mile hike down to the Indian Gardens rest house (9 miles round trip) and... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Hiking the Bright Angel Trail provides spectacular views and strenuous exercise. There is a 1.5 mile rest house, 3 mile rest house, and 4.5 mile Indian Gardens rest house. The Colorado River is at 7.5 miles. Phantom Ranch is at 10.3 miles. (Phantom Ranch reservations fill up 13 months in advance.) Bring lots of water! Temperatures in the canyon can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This trail offers the best views around. They really can't be beat. It's an ok trip down the canyon, but very hard on the way up. It takes a lot of stopping for rest, but there is water at the 1.5 and 3 mile stops. If you go just past the 1.5 mile stop, there's a really cool plateau you... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I hiked the 10.5 miles from Phantom Ranch to the south rim. It was 55 degrees at the bottom and started hailing and sleeting toward the top. The upward climb coupled with the altitude (2400 feet to 7200 feet) was very, very difficult but so worth it!

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Bergamo, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The trail is nice, well kept, and offers a good panorama. Very steep until the bright angel campground (not advised to hike down there on a sunny day). Unfortunately it suffers the comparison with the other famous trail: south kaibab, that offers much better views.

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