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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.

Top Hotels Close to Bright Angel Trailhead

Yavapai Lodge
Yavapai Lodge
2 out of 5
11 Yavapai Lodge Road, PO Box 159, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
The price is $178 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4
Stay at this hotel in Grand Canyon. Enjoy free parking, 2 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions Grand ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6,570 reviews)
"We were in Grand canyon south rim. Yavapai lodge is conveniently located inside the Grand canyon. Easy access to Blue line bus and red line buses. Good restaurants for all types. Lots of vegetarian options as well. The rooms were alright. We did hear the foot steps in the morning and the door opening ..."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
202 South Village Loop, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
The price is $179 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1
Stay at this hotel in Grand Canyon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,113 reviews)
"We loved the setting and short walk to Bright Angel Trail...also good food at Maswik Lodge. We would have liked having a microwave in our room for the price we were paying per night."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

El Tovar - Inside the Park
El Tovar - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
The price is $338 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12
Stay at this historic hotel in Grand Canyon. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (943 reviews)
Great location
"Great location estimate 30 feet from the rim, we stayed in a newly renovated room that had a view of the canyon, entire grounds inside and out well maintained. Shuttle service to all points of the south rim (all drivers very friendly and knowledgeable) All staff members treat you like family, great ..."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2022

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Red Feather Lodge
Red Feather Lodge
3 out of 5
300 State Route 64, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
Yavapai Lodge
Yavapai Lodge
2 out of 5
11 Yavapai Lodge Road, PO Box 159, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
Maswik Lodge - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
202 South Village Loop, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
El Tovar - Inside the Park
El Tovar - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
Bright Angel Lodge – Inside the Park
Bright Angel Lodge – Inside the Park
3 out of 5
9 Village Loop Drive, Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
Kachina Lodge - Inside the Park
Kachina Lodge - Inside the Park
2.5 out of 5
5 North Village Loop, Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
Thunderbird Lodge - Inside the Park
Thunderbird Lodge - Inside the Park
2 out of 5
7 North Village Loop, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
Maswik Lodge
Maswik Lodge
3 out of 5
202 Village Loop Drive, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon
The Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon
4 out of 5
149 State Highway 64 - Tusayan, Grand Canyon, AZ, 86023
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