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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  • My son and I hiked a portion of the Bright Angel Trail on our visit to the Grand Canyon. The Trail goes all the way down to the Colorado River. Unless you have serious distance runner fitness... 
    My son and I hiked a portion of the Bright Angel Trail on our visit to the Grand Canyon. The Trail goes all the way down to the Colorado River. Unless you have serious distance runner fitness...  more »
  • Do NOT underestimate the hike up. As a sign states very accurately 'going down is optional, going up is mandatory' That being said, if you want to completely immerse yourself in the grand canyon... 
    Do NOT underestimate the hike up. As a sign states very accurately 'going down is optional, going up is mandatory' That being said, if you want to completely immerse yourself in the grand canyon...  more »
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  • Great trail for heading into the Grand Canyon. It is well maintained. It is sunny, so can be hot. Most people turn around pretty close to the top, so that part is busy. Have hiked the trail to the bottom, but this time just a small section. Saw some adventurous mountain goats too.
  • I hiked from the Colorado River to the top of Bright Angel Trail. It's well maintained. Had three water stations (bring two, one liter bottles). You'll discover some of the most incredible views Earth has to offer. The hike up is challenging... bring your A game!

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