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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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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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Over 1000-ft drop in Elevation from Rim to First Rest House

The views were worth it. Make sure you bring enough water and snacks, because the water refill is 1.5 miles down. I had to take many rests along the trail and it's ok to do so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Columbus, Georgia

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Columbus, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The views were worth it. Make sure you bring enough water and snacks, because the water refill is 1.5 miles down. I had to take many rests along the trail and it's ok to do so. Another option is to book a mule tour, but we were too late. We saw a group on mules. We also saw beautiful birds... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tram is very convenient for getting to the end. There are some wonderful shops located along the tram that offer some great traditional Indian shopping. We saw an Indian woman weaving cloth at one and I also picked up a beautiful turquoise ring. The views along the trail are amazing. Be careful!

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hike down this trail for a spectacular view of the canyon. At some points, you might get a little vertigo due to the sheer drops. Pathway is well maintained.

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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each stop along the Grand Canyon just offers another great view from the last and this is no exception.

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Cedar City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Bright Angel Trail is spectacular. I first hiked it in 2013 from the South Rim Village to Plateau Point. The next time I hiked it was in May of 2015 when we went Rim-Rim-Rim in two days starting from the North Rim. Indian Garden is a wonderful place to stop and rest. Indian Garden is about 4.5 miles from... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Myself and 3 other senior citizen buddies hiked down the South Kaibab (reviewed separately), and then hiked out on the Bright Angel two days later, after a couple of nights at Phantom Ranch. We left Phantom Ranch at 6AM and hiked with headlamps for the first 80 minutes. The hike up to Indian Gardens is about 6 miles, but only... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking up out of the Canyon was a matter of six hours on the bright angel trail. It is amazing to think it is really only two miles if you do it in a helicopter but obviouosly walking it amounts to 10 miles. The whole hike is hard and you need to be fit. We could feel the bonks setting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is really the first trail to do. Flat and easy walk and brilliant views. Great introduction to the wonder

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Brigham City, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This hike was out of the world amazing. I have gone on many a hike and this by far has been the most challenging, yet most rewarding. We went on a day that was sprinkling a little, but it felt nice. We hiked down to the second rest house which is about 3 miles down into the canyon. If you... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The trail leads down into the canyon floor. It is easy to locate the trail head which is just to the west of Bright Angel Lodge. It is wide enough to allow hikers to pass each other with out any problem, how ever it should be noted that the mule trains and hikers going back up the trail, have the... More 

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