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Bright Angel Trail

Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
+1 928-638-7888
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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.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 today

Had a great time walking this trail. The different colors were wonderful to see. less crowded this time of the year.

Thank Mimitimes4
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We started our day on the rim trail until we stopped in the visitor's center and they mentioned the bright angel trail. Our parents, in their 60's, made it to the arch and back up. We took our kids, ages 5 and 8, slightly further...More

Thank Kpren004
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a full day hiking down and then up the trail. We made to the Indian Garden in about 2.5 hours. It took about 4 hours to climb back. The weather is perfect for late November with a high in the low 70s. We...More

Thank Yong-Qian S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The views are aimply breathtaking!! Don't expect much flat, it doesn't exist in the Grand Canyon :-D

Thank PATmaan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

is a nice hike, easy way down, about 3 miles, the way up difficult. not a lot of views I was expecting more.

Thank Ricardo E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This trail is not for the faint of heart! We only got a few hundred feet down and quickly turned back. The views are spectacular but we didn’t have proper attire to make it to the bottom and back. I highly recommend proper hiking boots,...More

Thank jenniferschafer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We opted for the 1.5 mile descent on this trail. Good trail, wonderful views. Had great weather. This is a steep trail, good hiking shoes are recommended. Saw many people with tennis shoes or sandals. Most slid or had little traction on the sandy trail....More

Thank MJWW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We started at 3:45am. Did the 12mi hike out to Plateau and back. The way back was rewarded with sunrise over the canyon and amazing views. Exhausting but exhilarating. If you’re going to do the full hike make sure to take water though you can...More

Thank USCKaboom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the most popular (and populated) trail heading into the Grand Canyon. It is steep and difficult. In winter it can be icy and dangerous. In summer, it is hot and dangerous. You will share the trail with lots of other people, mules, and...More

Thank drbking
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trail was easy to walk and the scenery is spectacular. It was our first trip to the Grand Canyon. It was incredible.

1  Thank Diane L
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Hello, I have a few questions for all you hikers out there. My hubby and his friends do a international hike yearly, they try and also do a domestic one before their "big hike" in Europe. One of them mentioned the Grand Canyon. They have a quote from a Travel company which I think is ridiculous. It is NOT guided, it's is only 3 days and 20 miles. It doesn't include plane fare, but does include 3 days of lodging/food(not alcohol of course). I don't have any more specifics. I know they usually go from one lodge to the next on their European hikes so someone(prob the travel company), picks up their luggage and brings to the next one. I am sure they also give you maps etc, but these days you can do or that yourself... They are charging $2000. I think that is insane. They went to Ireland last year for 12 days, not guided, Lodges were included and so was most of their food and it was only $1200.00. Not including airfare. So I guess my question is, do any of you do either of these trails for 3 days or more, if so, do you change lodges or just stay in the same one? Are you going through a travel company for hiking the Kaibab or Bright Angel Trails that is more reasonable OR do you just pay for the lodging and food and no travel company? Thank you,
3 August 2017|
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Response from DanielPofMI |
Not sure what they're getting for $2000, that's ridiculous. I'm pretty sure most hikers just set things up themselves thru the National Park Service and their concessionaires directly. To hike the South Kaibab and Bright... More
Saurabh K
2 August 2017|
Response from DanielPofMI |
It is certainly doable but it will be challenging. It's 4.5 miles each way and coming back up might take twice as long as it did to go down. Advisable to get a very early morning start (i.e. the crack of dawn). It's August... More
28 July 2017|
Response from Gypstactor | Reviewed this property |
Honestly I don't know what it's like in December; my best advice is to call Bright Angel Trail and they can answer your questions better than I can. I don't want to give you wrong information. However, the views are... More