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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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The trail itself is one of the most stunning walks you can do. I managed to get to the river and back in one day, however, I started at 7.30am and made it back for 6pm. If you walk on a warm day, the heat on the return journey will really kill you pace. I made it down to the... More

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great hike - long enough with enough view points to make it worth your while... and we passed very few other hikers, so you can get the solitude you desire while at a spot deserving of contemplation.

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Indianapolis
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Hiked 3 miles down/3 miles up. More gradual incline than Kaibab. There's water spiket spots on this trail. Awesome views

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Calgary, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a perfect early morning (set your alarm to be on it before sunrise) walk! Grab your coffee and wander down Bright Angel Trail at sunset--don't forget your camera. It's perfect! Not too hilly, not to flat, just right. The views are amazing!

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

What an amazing hike. The view changes just a bit around every corner. Even the soil changes (at one point it's pink). Just remember, take water, wear good walking shoes and sunscreen, and know that it will take you twice as long to go up as going down. Go early in the morning to beat the heat. The bathroom is... More

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Burlington, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We travelled to GCNP for an overnight stay at the South Rim prior to spending four nights in Las Vegas. Originally we had planned to rent bikes, however after getting up for sunrise and some pictures, we both thought that hiking some of the Bright Angel Trail would be a lot more enjoyable. It certainly was, and did not disappoint.... More

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Midlands Ireland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

just enjoy the scenery and the walk. make sure to take plenty of water with you as it is a nice walk

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The trail is very well kept, but not for the casual hiker. Have great shoes, socks, and take you time. I only went down and was hobbled for 3 days after. You get regular break stations at appropriate distances until the trail drops into the inner canyon. There's a point here where you come around a corner and there's a... More

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This trail is absolutely beautiful. We started our descent into the canyon around 7:45 in the morning. We took our time going down; at first we couldn't help but stop and stare at the view every few minutes. It's truly breathtaking no matter what part of the trail you're on. We made it down to the 3 mile rest stop.... More

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Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

An experience of a lifetime not to be taken for granted by being ill-prepared as others have commented.

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