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Bright Angel Trail

Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
(928) 638-7888
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: One of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, this well maintained and popular trail offers breathtaking vistas, some shaded areas, plus a number... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Buffalo, New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Grand Canyon exceeded our expectations on so many levels, and the Angel Bright Trail was a highlight. We hiked to the 1.5 mike mark with our sporty 9 yr old and he loved it. It was enough of a challenge to feel like we'd entered the canyon proper and our son had such a feeling of achievement. We are... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This hike was awesome. My husband and I have never gone hiking before but we felt we had to at the Grand Canyon. We started down the trail at 10 am at the beginning of April. He wanted to hike to plateau point and back up (12 miles). I was skeptical but figured we will go as far as we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

The trail was a little scary at the beginning since is not protection if you slipper by mistake, and also height, then after a while you start getting used to the heights and also you start seen some piled rocks at some areas on the cliff side of the trail making feel the trail more secure. I was trying to... More

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Dover
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

After hiking down the South Kaibab trail and spending two nights at Phantom Ranch, we started our hike at about seven in the morning. We are both in our fifties and in average shape. It took us less than seven hours to reach the rim and that included many stops to enjoy the various vistas, rocks, flora, water breaks and... More

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Ogden Dunes, IN
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We have three kids 6, 9, 12 and this trail - has sheer cliffs. I was quite anxious holding hands with the 6 year old and yelling instructions to both the 9 and 12 year old not to run ahead. We hiked to the first tunnel and decided to turn back. The trail though is very cool and if my... More

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New Delhi, India
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Glad that did upward climb out of the canyon on this trail. A bit longer, but not as steep as Kaibab still very challenging....just go easy

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Eugene, Oregon
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

At 10AM we started down with 45Degrees at the rim. Within 100 yards the temperature was 10 deg. warmer and we took off our coats. The trail is a steady decline and well maintained. We are fairly steady hikers. In 40 minutes we were at the 1 1/2 mile first shelter. In another hour we were at the 3 mile... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

After a stay at the Bright Angel Campground near the river, we hiked out of the canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. The trail is in very good shape for the amount of foot and hoof traffic it gets. It is very wide. It is steep. Average grade is over 12%, but there are sections that are over 15%. The... More

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Oklahoma
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This was an easier trail and the views were just as good. The climb back up is still a killer. This is not for small children.

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Seattle, Wa
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The Bright Angel trail is certainly one of the classic hikes in the Grand Canyon. We did just a day hike, going down about 1000 vertical feet, but it's definitely worth the time and effort. Gorgeous views, a more intimate experience than just being on the rim. Make sure you bring water and hike early in the AM, when it's... More

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