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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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Alpine, California, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

After spending the night at the bottom of the canyon on our Rim to Rim hike at Phantom Ranch, we ascended the South Rim via the Bright Angel Trail. Trail was well maintained, water was available at semi frequent intervals and Indian Gardens was a welcome respite from the heat and the climb. A difficult climb up with steep grades... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The fact this had water stops made the up manageable. Yes it is longer but a pleasant walk and not too hard if you pace yourself

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Waterford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I hiked down to just past the 1 1/2 mile stop. Great views, nice flat trail although it is fairly steep. I had a Condor land by me just after I heard an Indian Flute playing in the canyon. Like a movie. Don't go farther unless you're in good physical shape. If you already walked the S rim trail and... More

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Columbia, MD
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Great hike of the Grand Canyon on this trail. We went down to the 1st restroom and headed back - 3 miles total and they aren't kidding, uphill is HARD! I thought we'd be good for more, but we were ready to turn back. It's an experience you won't forget - bring protein bars and refillable water bottles!

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la
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52 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

If you want to experience the grand canyon but are not experienced hikers. then this trail is perfect. I recommend the 1.5 mile point and return to start or if starting early in day then go down to Indian gardens and return. easy path but strenuous due to altitude.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We hiked rim to river in September on a relatively cool day with some cloud cover. My wife and I are experienced hikers and fit, this took us 8.5 hours with few stops. The park actively discourages this walk and I'd suggest checking with the back country office before attempting and only doing in cool weather and if you're in... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I did this hike as a day trip and it took about 9 hours to complete. I had planned to turn around at Indian Garden, but Plateau Point looked so inviting and it's all flat from Indian Garden so I ended up going on. Plateau Point is the best view I have ever seen of the Grand Canyon- 360 degree... More

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Mishawaka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I did a day hike to Phantom Ranch. I got the 5:00am shuttle behind Bright Angel Lodge to the South Kaibab trailhead. I hiked down South Kaibab & up Bright Angel. I spent about 45 minutes at Phantom Ranch eating some snacks and taking pictures before starting back up Bright Angel. A great day of hiking!

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Jenks, OK
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

but i preferred South Kaibab. Bright Angel DOES have water, but in my opinion doesn't have quite the spectacular views that South Kaibab does and is several miles longer and it follows the valley up for much of the way.

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Belvidere, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is very challenging, but well worth it. There are water stops and rest stops, which are nice. The views are breathtaking. We started at Phantom Ranch and hiked to the top. You need plenty of food and water for the trip.

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