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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, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: One of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, this well maintained and popular trail offers...
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Type: Hiking Trails, Trails, Outdoors
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 of rest stops that have drinking water.

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Baltimore, MD
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141 reviews 141 reviews
29 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

They mean it when they label this trail (down to the 1.7 mile) as "Moderate." I am in pretty good shape and I felt that was a good characterization given the climb back up. It would be easier if you take your time (I was in a bit of a rush to get back). Also, if you have any issue... More 

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Ventura
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This trail offers excellent views of the canyon. It is easier than the South Kaibab trail. There is water at strategic intervals. You will encounter quite a few hickers and the trail gets a bit overcrowded at times stretching the few rest spots to the limit. The stretch from Indian Garden to the top is the most difficult and most... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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64 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

As part of the Grand Connossieur tour with Papillon, this was our first stop after we landed at the airport. It was very cold here in the morning (October) and we had to spend some time in the lodge to eat our breakfast and have a coffee while we waited the sun to warm up. The views are breathtaking and... More 

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Rome, Lazio, Italy
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

If you are young or fit, this trail is the best way to appreciate the true beauty of the canyon, instead of wasting time taking the bus to reach the view points, bring at least 1lt of water /hrs each and good luck!! If you want to reach the Colorado river, you'll have to sleep there because there's no way... More 

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Biloela, Australia
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63 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My husband did the mule trip so I walked part of the way down the trail to try and get some photos of the mules as they headed down. After they had continued on their way to the canyon floor, I had already decided I was going to set myself a goal to get to the first water/toilet stop (I... More 

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Although we hiked only 2 1/2 miles down - it was the most difficult 5 mile walk EVER - great views - take plenty of water

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The hike is too long to do solo. It is too long of 9.9 miles which took 6 hours for me to complete without much weight on me. I had around 6 pounds on me including 2 lit of water. I would do anything to carry less weight on me. As compared to South Kaibab trail, this trail doesn't have... More 

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Merrickville
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A must-do - well-organized with rest stops along the way and the view is unbelievable! Pay attention to the warnings of going too far if you are not in good shape.

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Belleville, Canada
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31 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

At the trailhead are many signs warning you of the dangers that lie ahead. Read them; moreover, heed them. This may seem like the easiest trail to try, but it's tough by just about any standard. You need a good-sized daypack with water, food, and room to put layers as it is guaranteed you will want to shed them, especially... More 

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Austin, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you want to hike into the Grand Canyon at all, do this hike. At least hike to the 1.5 mile rest house and then back up. Since this is the oldest and most hiked trail in the park, it is a must do. Be aware that there will be a lot of people and mules. We hiked to Plateau... More 

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