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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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Activities: Hiking
Description: 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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Great hike but be prepared

THis is a good hike down into Canyon , but be aware the climb back is difficult. I have done it three times and it is very easy to underestimate the challenge... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

THis is a good hike down into Canyon , but be aware the climb back is difficult. I have done it three times and it is very easy to underestimate the challenge up. Water! Food! Hat ! Sun screen! The views and sense of accomplishment are fantastic!

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Taos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

There is water in three locations on the Bright Angel Trail so it is heavily trafficked but well worth it. I hiked down the Kaibab Trail and back up Bright Angel after crossing the river a couple of times in one day, which is easily done if you're fit, it's not too hot and you bring plenty of water. You'll... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The three of us began our trip from the North rim to the South rim July 1, 2015. We set out just before sunrise and took the .5 mile trail from the campground to the trail head where you can get water bottles filled. It took us seven hours to get to the Cottonwood campground. All camping below the rim... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

Our son wanted to walk instead of taking a bus tour. It was very nice to enjoy nature. The temperature was perfect. I must add that you will definitely need comfortable shoes. I would also suggest taking a map with you and definitely watch where you are going. Getting off track if you are with a group is no fun.

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Leesburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My wife and I hiked the 3 mile round trip hike to the Resthouse. The views were amazing as we did our 1.5 mile descent. This was our first hike down and I could understand why there are so many warnings about hiking down into the canyon. This is a moderate trail. The descent was easy but we took our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

There was nothing to dislike. Great view of the Grand Canyon South Rim. Bathrooms close by. I have lower back issues yet I was able to walk down to the viewing spot with minimal discomfort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It was very amazing! Beautiful landscapes, different nature when you go down! Must have to see in a grand canyon

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We hiked around 1.5 miles down this trail to the first rest stop and enjoyed every second of it! There was a water station at the first stop and restrooms. The scenery was great and the natural shade was welcomed heartily. **portions of the trail were shaded, other had none**

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We went a short distance into the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. The views are amazing, and you really do get a bit of a different perspective from inside than on the rim. That being said, the trail was somewhat crowded, and we constantly had to watch where we stepped to avoid mule droppings. Consider also that the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went down the bright angel trail to the second water stop and it was a great trip for use with 2 young boys. They already want to go back and go further down the trail. Next time we will start earlier.

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Address: Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
Phone Number: (928) 638-7888
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Grand Canyon National Park

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