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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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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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160 reviews 160 reviews
40 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Nearly everyone who visits the GC stays on the rim. For the adventurous, take a hike down Bright Angel trail, even if just for 1/10 mile or so. It will give you an entirely different perspective of the grandeur of the canyon. Just make sure to bring lots of water and remember not to go too far if you are... More

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Seattle
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I hiked out of the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail after hiking down the Kaibab trail in the morning. Down and out in one day was a challenge. The Bright Angle covers a lot of elevation in a short amount of time and so prepare for that on your return to the top. It might seem like an... More

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Sydney
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70 reviews 70 reviews
44 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We hiked to the bottom via South Kaibab Trail and came out via Bright Angel Trail. The trail is quite long and quite steep the last half towards the top. Indian Garden is beautiful and shady for a good rest.

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Orange County, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
40 attraction reviews
293 helpful votes 293 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Such a well maintained trail. Although nothing involved with hiking down into this truly Grand Canyon should be taken lightly. We did train for months for our inner camping trip, but found this oft steep graded descent to be absolutely lovely and worth every step.

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Catonsville, Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We hiked this trail to the first rest station 1.5 miles down on a hot day. It is a wide trail cut into the cliff side and winding down into the canyon through a series of switchbacks. A very cool experience but definitely more strenuous coming back up than it looks. We started on the trail at 10 am, took... More

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Dallas, Texas
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218 reviews 218 reviews
142 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This historic trail is good and rewarding, but doesn't opened up to the views as well as the South Kaibod trail. Watch your footing and carry water and wear a hat. It is hot and sunscreen is a must. Heed the ranger's warnings.

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Prescott, Arizona
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15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The views of the canyon from Bright Angel are among the among the best there are. It's no accident that the Kolb brothers set their photographic studio at the trail head or that this is the trail used by mule trains to descend to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the canyon. In my opinion, the best time to hike... More

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San Carlos, California
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171 reviews 171 reviews
98 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Bright Angel Trail is a good introduction to the Grand Canyon. You always start out hiking down which is the easy part. Remember that what goes down, must come back up, so be prepared that hiking back is going to be more difficult. The best part of hiking down into the canyon is how the perspectives keep changing. The beauty... More

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Macomb, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Great trail, be careful and bring water. Went down about mile and one half. Piece of cake, coming up can be some work. I am 66 and in decent shape. Many many photo opps. As other posters stated almost double your time to go back up. Would do it again and longer if I had more time.

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Huntington, Vermont
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you want the real experience to hike the canyon (the same one the mules use), this is the one. By wary however - the trail is just that (not an easy walking path). There are no rails and you can slip and get hurt quite easily. The further you go down, as you would expect, the more difficult the... More

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