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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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Bromborough, Merseyside
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Way back in the summer of 1980, I was on vacation from England for a month and wanted to blitz as much of the USA as I could. I arrived at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and the start of the Bright Angel Trail. I was 28 and determined to reach the Colorado River. So I set off... More

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New Jersey
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122 reviews 122 reviews
26 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

3 miles down, 3 up on a 90 degree day. Some steep areas, beautiful views. Once you get down a mile you lose most of the crowds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Many, many years back was there with my two friends wanting to see the canyon and the river - all in one day. It was June, bright skies and temperatures quickly rising. We had arrived at the rim at around 10am and started to hike down - actually running as we were all in great shape. Within an hour we... More

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Waterloo, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

My wife and I only had time to go to mile-and-a-half-point and back, but thoroughly enjoyed the trail. It's quite gentle, wide, and very well-maintained. I'd recommend it to anyone who is in moderately good shape. We went early and met 3 deer on the trail, and then on the way back saw mules. Mules!

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Buffalo, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Grand Canyon exceeded our expectations on so many levels, and the Angel Bright Trail was a highlight. We hiked to the 1.5 mike mark with our sporty 9 yr old and he loved it. It was enough of a challenge to feel like we'd entered the canyon proper and our son had such a feeling of achievement. We are... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This hike was awesome. My husband and I have never gone hiking before but we felt we had to at the Grand Canyon. We started down the trail at 10 am at the beginning of April. He wanted to hike to plateau point and back up (12 miles). I was skeptical but figured we will go as far as we... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The trail was a little scary at the beginning since is not protection if you slipper by mistake, and also height, then after a while you start getting used to the heights and also you start seen some piled rocks at some areas on the cliff side of the trail making feel the trail more secure. I was trying to... More

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Dover
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

After hiking down the South Kaibab trail and spending two nights at Phantom Ranch, we started our hike at about seven in the morning. We are both in our fifties and in average shape. It took us less than seven hours to reach the rim and that included many stops to enjoy the various vistas, rocks, flora, water breaks and... More

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Ogden Dunes, IN
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We have three kids 6, 9, 12 and this trail - has sheer cliffs. I was quite anxious holding hands with the 6 year old and yelling instructions to both the 9 and 12 year old not to run ahead. We hiked to the first tunnel and decided to turn back. The trail though is very cool and if my... More

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New Delhi, India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Glad that did upward climb out of the canyon on this trail. A bit longer, but not as steep as Kaibab still very challenging....just go easy

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