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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.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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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 1 week ago via mobile

One of my absolute favourite hikes to do. Stunning views from all around. So many friendly people to be found here and some wildlife to. If you are in the area, you need to do this. Going down is fine but steep back up if...More

1  Thank KH2691
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a long trail that goes from "Village" area at the top of the South Rim to the bottom of the canyon at the Colorado River. It is a 2-day hike. Many people, like me at age 75, hike part way down and then...More

Thank Alan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unfortunately, the Bright Angel Trail is one of the more popular trails, which means you have to contend with lots of tourists who don't have much in the way of "trail etiquette". If you happen to catch it at a less populated time, the vistas...More

1  Thank BadDiver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a beautiful trail and the easier if you want to get down to the river and back in a day. I actually did the rim to rim and I found that I enjoyed going down this side better than the North Rim in...More

Thank ziggyrock
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hiked this trail end of September and the weather was perfect! It wasn’t chilly at all, but I brought a sweater I could tie around my waist just in case. I liked having the sweater for before and after the hike, as it was chilly...More

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We started bright angel trail in the scorching heat of July. It had reached about a 110 degree Fahrenheit. We started at about 10 or so - delayed by a part of the group stopping for a heavy breakfast. All the way down, our one...More

3  Thank Sebastian J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the South rim there are basically two trails that you can choose from - 1. Bright angel trail and 2. South Kaibab trail. The final destination of both trails is the Bright angel camp grounds. The recommended time to complete either of the trails...More

Thank Aditya_salian
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I only hiked down to the first water/bathroom stop and back, as my wife was waiting for me at the top, but it is worth doing whatever you can do. It was very hot when I walked, but I'm in pretty good shape and carried...More

Thank PaulBox
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stunning views of the north rim only a very short walk from the visitor centre and lodge. I thought the view was even better than the lodge terrace. It can be very windy as it is exposed, my husband lost his hat!

Thank mctailby
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As must see and do. We did not have a guide and none is necessary. Wonderful views of the canyon. Don't miss this

Thank dend0l
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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

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