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Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

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Bright Angel Trail begins at Grand Canyon Village and descends 1,335 m (4,380 ft) to the canyon floor. You can follow the trail another 3.2 km (2 mi) to the Bright Angel campground and Phantom Ranch. The path is the main trail used by hikers and mules on their journey through the Grand Canyon to the campground. During high season, the trail can be crowded, but adopt a slow pace to enjoy the views on the way down. Wear footgear with sturdy grips and bring plenty of water. You can stock up on supplies at the visitor center at the top of the plateau before heading down to the canyon floor. Arrange your visit to Bright Angel Trail and discover more family-friendly attractions in Grand Canyon National Park using our Grand Canyon National Park trip maker site.
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  • This trail was our favorite hike of the canyon. You can go as far as you would like and then turn back. The hike is on a well outlined and cut trail. Wide enough to not worry with people passing... 
    This trail was our favorite hike of the canyon. You can go as far as you would like and then turn back. The hike is on a well outlined and cut trail. Wide enough to not worry with people passing...  more »
  • Brilliant trek in Winter. Campsites are basic but convenient & a trek in winter has some unique advantages of minimal crowds and generally lovely weather. 
    Brilliant trek in Winter. Campsites are basic but convenient & a trek in winter has some unique advantages of minimal crowds and generally lovely weather.  more »
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  • I was so surprised with this trail I hiked partly down and back. I so enjoyed it. It was icy going down but the scenic views of the Grand Canyon was breathtaking! I loved every step and I had a great time meeting different people on the trail. Breathing quite heavy on the way back up from the 1 1/2 mile mark, I found it invigorating to accomplish the hike task I had just done. Can't wait to come back and make the hike 5 mile down.
  • Amazing view point and an awesome trail to hike down. One of the world wonders Grand Canyon is best accessed from this trail head. Stunning overhead views, awesome signs showing the geological age of this canyon and lovely trail to hike down. Located right behind the Bright Angel lodge, this trail head has rest rooms, water fountains, vending machines and decent parking spots. Grand Canyon park shuttle station is right next to this trail. Very well laid out walking trails from here takes you all the way up to Hermits rest and also down to Colorado river via Indian gardens.

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