Bright Angel Trail

36.0553°N 112.1433°W
Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023


  • There is a resthouse 1.5 miles and 3 miles into the trail for those that are looking for a smaller, day hike. March and April are the best months to visit in the spring before it gets too hot.
  • I hiked this trail Seven years ago and it was raining which amplified the smell of mule doo. We went only a mile down and went back up. Yesterday we road mules down and it was much more enjoyable!!!
  • Eek! Mule doo!
  • Make sure to take pictures on the way down. You'll be too tired to take them on the way back up!
  • Start as early as you can, especially if you are from out of town and not in ideal shape. The elevation will hit you on the way back up!
  • As soon as you go thru the 1st tunnel look up and to the left and you will see a pictograph!!! So cool!!
  • We went at the end of May and it was already warm. We started at 6am and went down to Plateau Point. We were out by 3 pm. Make sure u have lots of water, sunscreen, and a good wide brimmed hat.
  • start early. We started around 7:45 and walked down to the first rest house. Was about 3,5 km in total with quiet some elevation.
  • Start your day early if you're going to hike this one. The hike out is super steep but it's worth it!
  • A pretty cool view on this trail. But beware of the heat and take enough water with you!
  • Took my 7 year old son here for his first hike ever. He lived it! We went down to the lower tunnel, 1.7 miles round trip. Started at 7:30am and it was already getting crowded and hot. Go early!
  • Bring lots of water and be prepared for the heat. Went to the 1.5 mile point and back up. Beautiful but crowded and extremely hot in the summer
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  • This is an awesome trail to go down. Be careful and have fun.
  • We saw a guy on crutches going down! We beat him down....
  • The view is brilliant
  • Great hike! Definitely a fun backpacking trip to the Bright Angel Campground!
  • The hike down to Indian Gardens is easier than it seems.
  • Start as early as you can for the best views and cool weather.

Nearby places

Entrance Rd (btwn Route 89 & Route 93)
in El Tovar Hotel (Grand Canyon National Park)