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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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From the Rim to the River to the rim in a day

I actually did this hike in April 2012, staying at El Tovar and getting on the trail just before 9am. Plan was to go down to Phantom Ranch, have lunch and come back up the South... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

I actually did this hike in April 2012, staying at El Tovar and getting on the trail just before 9am. Plan was to go down to Phantom Ranch, have lunch and come back up the South Kaibab. Morning temperatures were in the upper 40's at the rim and I started jogging down at a measured pace. Got to Indian Springs... More 

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Venice, Florida
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is definitely a wonderful place to explore. Trail is well maintained and highly accessible to all.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a trail that is very pleasant as you hike down, then it will eat you alive on the way back up. The good: -The trip down is beautiful. The scenery is amazing. You will enjoy every minute of it. If you go 5 miles into the trail, you get a pristine view of the Colorado river, you can... More 

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New York City, New York
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Great trail! It is very busy at the top, but the views are amazing and the trail is fairly easy and well maintained. We stopped and turned around to go back up at the 1 1/2 mile rest house, which I would recommend doing for non serious hikers like us. Remember that the way back up is much more difficult!... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Great outing Just wish we had taken more water so that we could have gone further. We went as far as 3 mile, 1.5 hours down, just shy of 2 hrs back up. Not really a trail, more like a wide, gradual, dusty sidewalk. Runners suitable footwear. Lots of people go to 1.5 mile spot and get great views but... More 

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huntington beach
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We are a family of 6 and had a five year old with us. We hiked about 45 minutes down. The adults wanted to go farther but knew from other reviewers that the way back up was going to be hard, especially with a 5 year old. It was April so the weather was very mild which made it easier... More 

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Rochester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My latest foray on the Bright Angel trail started at the bottom this time!! After leaving Phantom Ranch bright and early I headed across the Silver Bridge aka Bright Angel Bridge - as the hour was early we had the trail to ourselves - the trail winds along the Colorado river until you hit the dreaded Devil's Corkscrew - this... More 

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is not an easy hike by any means...it is steep and you share the trail il with mules...the views as you descend become more spectacular.....carry water!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We hiked this trail on our third day in the canyon. At the trailhead a sign reminded us that what goes down must come up; we should not exceed our capabilities. Our calves were having a chat with us about our previous two days of hiking so we decided to go as far as the view point just beyond the... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Did this the second time. We started at 5 am and went down to the river beach and were back by 1 pm. Water at Indian garden rest stop. Trail is well maintained and mostly sandy. Be prorated for grueling last mile... Body is tired , air is thin and mentally you are exhausted.

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