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Bright Angel Trail free

Begins near the Bright Angel Lodge | Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86023
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  • Type: Hiking
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Take this steep trail, which starts just west of the Bright Angel Lodge in Grand Canyon Village, to Plateau Point for some great views of the river. But you should be warned: The Bright Angel Trail is a little more than six miles long one-way, and both recent visitors and travel experts say that attempting to hike to the river and back in one day is not a good idea. Make sure to pack camping gear if you plan on going all the way to Plateau Point and carry plenty of water with you -- some rest stops along the trail only offer water seasonally.

For a unique Grand Canyon experience, consider traveling the Bright Angel Trail by mule. Riders are taken to Plateau Point and back on the same day, with a lunch break at Indian Garden. While trips are usually safe, those who are not used to spending time in a saddle may find the ride pretty grueling. There are also overnight mule rides, which continue on from Plateau Point and circle back up the South Kaibab Trail. Prices vary depending on the trip you choose.

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