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Bright Angel Trail

The Bright Angel Trail was originally an Indian trail used by the Havasupai Indians to commute between the rim and Indian Garden.

photo: Bright Angel Trail in Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park; photo by Fiana Shapiro

Length: 7.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Equestrian - Other stock
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: At Grand Canyon National Park, connects Grand Canyon Village to Colorado River.
State(s): Arizona
Counties:
Longitude: -112.14368
Latitude: 36.05727

Driving Directions

The Bright Angel trailhead is located just west of Bright Angel Lodge. To reach the trailhead park at the Backcountry Information Center (Lot D) and walk 5 minutes to the trailhead or park at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and catch the free shuttle bus (:20 minute one way trip).

Description

The trail was improved by prospectors in the late 1800's. One of the miners, Ralph Cameron, realizing that the tourist trade was more profitable than the mining trade, brought out his partners and took control of the trail. He extended the trail from Indian Garden to the river and began to charge a toll of $1 for its use. The tourist with a free access path to the river. In 1928, after a long ownership battle with the Mr. Cameron, ownership of the Bright Angel Trail was finally transferred to the National Park Service.

Elevations: Rim - 6860' Colorado River - 2400'

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1981

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: NPS Trail Map
Brochure: NPS Trail Information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Grand Canyon National Park
P.O. Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
(520) 638-9734 ext. 2

 

Photos

Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Fiana Shapiro.

Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Fiana Shapiro.

Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Fiana Shapiro.

Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Fiana Shapiro.

 

Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Fiana Shapiro.

Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Fiana Shapiro.

Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Fiana Shapiro.

Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Fiana Shapiro.

 

Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Fiana Shapiro.

Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Fiana Shapiro.

Crew members from the American Conservation Experience working on cyclical trail maintenance. Photo by Jessica Plance.

Crew members from the American Conservation Experience working on cyclical trail maintenance. Photo by Jessica Plance.

 

Crew members from the American Conservation Experience working on cyclical trail maintenance. Photo by Jessica Plance.

Crew members from the American Conservation Experience working on cyclical trail maintenance. Photo by Jessica Plance.

Crew members from the American Conservation Experience working on cyclical trail maintenance. Photo by Jessica Plance.

Crew members from the American Conservation Experience working on cyclical trail maintenance. Photo by Jessica Plance.

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