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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.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • 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 4 days ago

Beautiful trail! It's a little easier than the South Kaibab Trail. Remember to take breaks and bring water!

Thank trm9933
Reviewed 4 days ago

We hiked down about 0.8 miles and returned to the rim. The views and the thrill were exhilirating. It was gusty with winds to 45mph which made it a little unnerving. .

Thank Larry V
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Even if you are not fit enough or do not have the time to walk 9 miles to the bottom, try walking a few hundred yards of the Bright Ange trail. This will give you some understanding and respect for those who can hike it...More

1  Thank Martha W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is an easy trail that almost everyone van enjoy. It has great views and several places to sit if you get tired. The trail is paved so you do not have to worry about your footing.

Thank Austin_TXTexex
Reviewed 1 week ago

We used BA on our hike out from Phantom Ranch. The trail and views are beautiful. Very well maintained and has shade and water stations. Don't underestimate the heat in the canyon during the summer. Be prepared and wear good shoes, enjoy the views and...More

Thank TravelAngel101
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

it felt like a dream but it was real. in May,2017 At 73, after a quad by pass in 2013 and 2 stents in March,2017 I got to walk this trail on a beautiful morning. Sitting on a rock and thinking became a special moment-...More

1  Thank judy k
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our kids 7 and 10 to Bright Angel Trail in the late afternoon. It's a very good time to walk in this trail. We didn't feel too hot and the view was spectacular. We stopped at about half hour expecting double time climbing...More

Thank jbcw66
Reviewed 1 week ago

South Rim statistic: less than 1% of visitors venture below the rim. Personal opinion: if you are physically capable, you must descend below the rim to fully get the flavor of the Grand Canyon. That being said: hiking here should not be taken lightly. It...More

2  Thank VespagirL55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I hiked this trail. Well actually we did about a quarter mile of it, just to say we hiked the Grand Canyon. No matter if you hike the entire way or just 100 feet, this is something you should do. The views...More

Thank bwco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked down the South Kaibab and stayed at Phantom Ranch for 2 nights. Hiked up the Bright Angel becuase we were told it is easier. The hike to Indian Gardens was fairly easy as it was not very steep. After that, it was steep...More

2  Thank Bruce C
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We have two full days (and 3 nights) at the Grand Canyon staying at Kachina Lodge. The second day we are doing the full day River Adventure where you fly over the canyon, hike on the bottom, and do smooth water rafting. My question is how should we spend the first day. (We have twin boys who are 12.) Should we book an organized day hike on Bright Angel Trail or should we just plan to do the Rim Trail hike and junior ranger programs? Thoughts?
4 June 2017|
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Response from Prat97xxx | Reviewed this property |
My suggestion would be to hike down either Bright Angel or South Kaibab. Set yourself some timeframe (i.e. turn around after 2 hours down or something like that), and enjoy the hike down and up. While coming up is... More
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?
24 April 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.
1 April 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