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Bright Angel Trailhead which includes tranquil scenes and a gorge or canyon

See jagged cliffs, flowing creeks, sandstone tunnels, native gardens and desert vegetation when hiking this Grand Canyon South Rim trail.

Bright Angel Trail is a long-distance hiking trail beginning at Grand Canyon Village. The well-maintained trail features extraordinary views of the region’s sandstone canyons and rugged landscape. Plan to hike sections of Bright Angel Trail in a day or stay in one of two camping sites along the track.

Begin your journey at the South Rim’s Grand Canyon Village. The trail then follows the course of Garden Creek, toward the Colorado River. On the first leg of the trail you will pass through two impressive sandstone tunnels. After the second tunnel the walk begins to get steeper. Take a short break at a rest house located 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) into the hike.

Indian Garden is about 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) from the beginning of the trail. With water and picnic tables, the garden is a great place to stop for lunch. Indian Garden covers a section of Garden Creek and features tall cottonwoods and other native plants. If you’re hiking a summer daytrip, the National Park Service highly recommends you turn back after resting at the garden.

From Indian Garden, take the 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) Plateau Point trail for striking views of the Colorado River. Indian Garden also features a continuation of Bright Angel Trail, leading toward Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground at the bottom of the canyon. The main trail also features views of the Colorado River and beautiful cotton-tree-lined areas.

Water is available at the covered rest houses and at Indian Garden; however, packing extra water is advised. The region is known for its extreme temperatures, so wear suitable hiking footwear and comfortable clothing. Before you embark on your hike, pick up a National Park Service backcountry permit, which is required for camping in the Inner Canyon campgrounds. Find the beginning of the trail at Grand Canyon Village, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Flagstaff, Arizona.

Bright Angel Trail has been designed with visitor safety in mind; however, pack supplies and plan your journey appropriately to ensure an enjoyable and safe hike.

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48 Cheap Hotels Near Bright Angel Trailhead

Yavapai Lodge - Inside the Park
Yavapai Lodge - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
11 Yavapai Lodge Road, PO Box 159, Grand Canyon, AZ
Fully refundable
The price is AU$316 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grand Canyon Clinic, Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Yavapai Point. Bright Angel Lodge and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (5,151 reviews)
"Half of what I pay went to the convenience of the location. You can easily go enjoying the view of sunset or sunrise view of the Grand Canyon. You can enjoy the quietness of the environment (because no WiFi provided😀). Facilities are okay."

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2021

Yavapai Lodge - Inside the Park
Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
202 South Village Loop, Grand Canyon, AZ
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Canyon Backcountry Information Center and Bright Angel Lodge. Grand Canyon Visitor ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,321 reviews)
"Clean, spacious, and convenient location. Great place for an extended stay in the park."

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2021

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Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
El Tovar - Inside the Park
El Tovar - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon, AZ
Situated in a national park, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mary Jane Colter Buildings and Bright Angel Lodge. Grand Canyon Visitor Center ...
4.1/5Very Good! (773 reviews)
"Location is excellent! Thats what you're paying for. Room is meh- small, beds small and uncomfortable."

Reviewed on 25 Aug. 2021

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El Tovar - Inside the Park
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Red Feather Lodge
Red Feather Lodge
3 out of 5
300 State Route 64, Grand Canyon, AZ
The price is AU$242 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
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Yavapai Lodge - Inside the Park
Yavapai Lodge - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
11 Yavapai Lodge Road, PO Box 159, Grand Canyon, AZ
The price is AU$316 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
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Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
202 South Village Loop, Grand Canyon, AZ
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El Tovar - Inside the Park
El Tovar - Inside the Park
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Bright Angel Lodge - Inside the Park
Bright Angel Lodge - Inside the Park
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Kachina Lodge - Inside the Park
Kachina Lodge - Inside the Park
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5 North Village Loop, Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon, AZ
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Thunderbird Lodge - Inside the Park
Thunderbird Lodge - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
7 North Village Loop, Grand Canyon, AZ
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Maswik Lodge
Maswik Lodge
3 out of 5
202 Village Loop Drive, Grand Canyon, AZ
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Yavapai Lodge East
Yavapai Lodge East
2 out of 5
11 Yavapai Lodge Rd Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon, AZ
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