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Bright Angel Trail

Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
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Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
+1 928-638-7888
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What can you say about hiking one of the wonders of the world from top to bottom and back? Magnificent! Long, strenuous stretches mixed with streams, wildlife and the most amazing views nature has to offer. A true experience few have the opportunity to enjoy....More

Thank Jason g
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had planned to hike down the Bright Angel trail, into the canyon, for about an hour, unfortunately, I started experiencing vertigo and we only went down for about 20 minutes. The trail was busy, not too bad a width and footing was decent. Very...More

Thank BigAlks
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful views from the end of the trail. If you are a senior, take your time and you will make it. We stopped a few times to catch our breath. Take a camera!

Thank mike p
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our family of five--grandmother, mother and dad, and two children were all able to enjoy Bright Angel Trail equally. Father and son (age 11) made it to Indian Garden at mile post 4.5--a nine mile hike that they completed in 4 hours and were extremely...More

Thank Travelforfun18
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Must do if you are up to it... What goes down, must come up! Suggest you try to leave early (cooler) and get back before it gets too hot. Bring water, rest stops at 1.5 and 3 miles have water, but you should not depend...More

Thank emjm85
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice hike to the canyon, the trail begins from the village. The beginning of trail is quite easy but it gets tougher. Some shades around and water refill points. I think it is the best go early, beacause it get so hot at daytime in...More

Thank mmikko
Reviewed 4 days ago

I hiked from Phantom Ranch to the rim via the Bright Angel trail last month. The hike up to Indian Gardens was reasonably easy, with plenty of shade early in the day and a pleasant hike along the river and babbling creeks. The Devil's corkscrew...More

1  Thank NaturalWorldNomad
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Bright Angel trailhead is the nearest to the Grand Canyon Visitors Center/Village on the south rim. You can take it all the way to the bottom of the canyon to experience all of the geologic and climatic changes that occur as you descend. Water...More

1  Thank krestona
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are not afraid of height and are in relatively good shape, you have to do it. Bring a pair of walking sticks. The first rest stop is at 1.5 miles. It will take 2 to 2.5 hours going to this first rest stop...More

Thank Lennoxzenon
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very strenuous hike but oh so worth it. Walk over three miles in and most of the perfume wearing soft day tourists go away and the trail crowd thins down. Start early (4-5am)if you are planning on going to the river or...More

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Hi. Planning to do the Bright Angel Trail hike (the 9 mile roundtrip) this upcoming weekend, April 29-30. How hot does it get around this time?
April 24, 2017|
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Response from Acmore79 | Reviewed this property |
Hi When we went two weeks ago the high was 65. The sun was hot but there is plenty of shade throughout the trail. I would definitely go again around this time of year rather than the summer time. In the morning, it was... More
Sarah C
We will be there in about two weeks. Wondering what weather has been like and what to pack to wear on our hike. Planning to start early in the day.
April 1, 2017|
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Response from nkn9 | Reviewed this property |
Sarah, layers, layers, layers. It should be above freezing at night by then and the 60s low in the day, and little humidity. It should be lovely. This being said, if you are going all the way down, it will be 15 to 20... More
Keith M
Hello!! For 3, late 20's, active and avid hikers - how long would it take to get to the 1.5 mile point and back? I'm thinking 3 hours, am I over or under, or spot on? Thanks in advance!
March 29, 2017|
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Response from nkn9 | Reviewed this property |
Keith if you are young and fit plus an avid hiker I also recommend South Kaibab as the other person who answered you did as well, however I go beyond oooohhh aaaahhh point, I go to the next stop to Cedar Ridge or Point...I... More