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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.
Begins near the main Visitor Center complex, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I’ve gone down and up on this trail to Phantom Ranch and thereabouts. It’s beautiful and feels like you’re wandering through different “points in geological time” on the way down, especially after about half-way. The best way to take this trail in my opinion is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Not a difficult trail except for the 1.5 miles of ice and snow at the top so traction is needed. Winds through the canyon with great views. Several rest rooms and water still at Indian Garden in February. We went to Phantom Ranch down this...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Spuddler
Reviewed 1 week ago

Trail heads out from behind lodge on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. It is fairly flat and not too difficult. The worst part for flatlanders is the elevation of 8000 feet. Take your time and enjoy the view. The view of the canyon...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've done a hike to Phantom Rach and back out on the Superbowl weekend for quite a few years. It's always a big day going to the river and back out the same day but it's beautiful and fun. It's great to hike in cooler...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 738JamesF
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bought park passes online and hopped on the shuttle bus from our hotel. We were super stoked to take the bus - parking looked like a pain. It was very busy the day we went. We had a late start (~1030) but made it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank traveltheworld461
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Short hike, easier than I expected, views you can only imagine. Take your camera, amazing pictures. Worth the time to walk the trail

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 396shellyc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Use a camel back to keep hydrated with water. This is not a stroll that flip flops can be worn. So use your hiking boots. Rangers are along the trail to answer questions.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 363maryjeans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent some hours in the trail, such a great experience. It had snowed the day before so it was all covered by snow. Best experience ever

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have hiked this 11 times, and cross Canyon too. It is a spiritual experience and gorgeous. BUT: I have seen too many amateurs not in good shape, new boots, not enough water, think they can do this. Even if you are an experienced hiker,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jecquest
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hiked down Bright Angel Trail on January 20, 2019. Went to Phantom Ranch. Packed snow and ice was on the top +/- 2 miles of the trail. Definitely need over-the-shoe traction (Yaktrax) and walking sticks. That was enough for me, and I did not slip....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Jesse Z
We are planning a trip with two kids, ages 12 and 10, and wanted to hike the first 1.5 miles and back on the Bright Angel Trail. We will be driving up from Williams that morning and are a bit concerned about the heat, so wanted to hit the trail first thing as we arrive. Since we have never been, I also want to make sure our kids get a beautiful lay of the land and see the grandness of the canyon before we do a little hiking. If we choose to drive straight to parking lot D and begin our hike right away, will we still be able to see the beautiful views of the whole canyon before we descend? Or would we be better off driving first to the visitors center to get in the views and then continuing on to the trailhead? Keeping in mind that we won’t be able to arrive until a bit later in the morning...
22 September 2018|
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Response from andreaslX281CW | Reviewed this property |
I don't see any problems for your kids for the 1.5 miles from trail head on. when starting at 07:00h...08:00h for 1 hour down, rest and back to top you may reach around11:00h.We made several similar hikes in dessert areas... More
13 August 2018|
Response from comocove | Reviewed this property |
I hope the crowds are kinder to you this time. We were there at the begining of June, and had no trouble at all with dining. The Harvey house was easy, and tasty. Very reasonable priced. If you were on your way up the... More
2 July 2018|
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Response from Abio7 |
Going to be brutally honest here; trying not to be rude. Based on the questions you are asking you should absolutely not attempt this hike. 1) You have selected the two most popular trails in GCNP. There are always people... More