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Bright Angel Trail

Bright Angel Trail Bright Angel Trail Photo by Grand Canyon NPS via Flickr

The Bright Angel Trail is a corridor trail in National Park of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, where visitors can hike amidst captivating scenery.

Located on the south rim of the Grand Canyon, originating from the Grand Canyon village, the Bright Angel Trail is accessible by the mule corral. You may find the River Trail at the end of this trail which descends dome 4380 feet to the Colorado River. As a corridor trail, the Bright Angel Trail is patrolled regularly by rangers and maintenance activities are consistent and frequent.

While hiking, there are several opportunities to rehydrate along the Bright Angel Trail at pipelines at the Mile-and-a-half Renthouse, the Three Mile Renthouse and Indian Garden. Water is also available from the natural water source at the River Renthouse which comes from the Colorado River. There are also rest stops and a few shaded areas along the trail.

Should hikers decide to stay overnight, they can choose between the Garden Campground and the Bright Angel Campground, but they must first seek a permit from the National Park of the Grand Canyon Backcountry Information Center.

The Bright Angel Trail was originally built by the Havasupai Native Americans, who used it to access their water supply, but is today appreciated for the breath taking views which change at every turn and the opportunity to truly relish the insider’s view of the Grand Canyon.


Location/Map:  Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Phone: (888) 297-2757
Website: Plan Your Visit to Bright Angel Trail