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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Great trail, beautiful views. Rest-houses (bathrooms) every 1 1/2 miles on the way down. Really great first day hike down.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We hiked out of the Canyon on the 6th day of our rafting trip. The Bright Angel trail was beautiful and a great way to finish our excursion. It is a difficult trail, and something to take serious! The only disappointing part was how busy the trail was with both mules and other travelers.

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Muskegon, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We left around 9am and went down pretty fast. The trail is heavily used, wide, and dirt or sand based. There are nice bathrooms (compostable) and water at the 1 1/2 mile and 3 mile markers. We decided to hike on to Indian Gardens which is about 4.5 miles into the hike. It is a great place to rest with... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

As someone who learned some tough lessons doing this entire hike in one day, I hope those of you planning to do it will appreciate our tips! I heard that only 1% of people that visit the Grand Canyon see the bottom; well, I'm here to tell you that it is totally worth it if you do it smart! My... More

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Ottawa, Ontario
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed our walk on the trail, views are magnificent, trail preserved very well. Great walk from the El Tovar to the Bright Angel Lodge. Check out the look out/studio along the way. Beautiful vistas from there!

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Hermosa Beach, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

As many of you I was wondering which hike is better. I thought i only had time to do one of them. I did the South Kabaib trail first to Cedar Ridge. I thought it would be strenuous based on reviews. It only took an hour to get down and an hour and 15 to get up. Great views of... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

a couple of very small tunnels and fewer convolutions make this trail a little different from the Kiabab trail. You can also see the main break point in the trail (Indian Gardens) at several points but after 1 and a half hours walking it didn't appear to be getting any closer.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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174 reviews 174 reviews
35 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The preferred way to the top. Water is available at 3 stops which helps take water weight out of your pack. It gets serious at Indian garden with the climb to the top . From there you have 3 mile house, 1.5 mile house then you are out. If you are coming down you can do it in about 4... More

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Reston, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Visited in 2003 and walked just a short way along the trail and back. Would love to go back and hike more of this trail and others.

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Wonderful hike rim to rim. It was a bit of a challenge but I did it, and so very proud of my self at 55 years old. Looking forward to many other hikes

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