Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon

Ditat Deus (God Enriches) is the motto of the state of Arizona for good reason. I was honestly surprised as to how much vegetation there was in the north of this state since all I pictured Arizona to be was a dry, dusty, and being a scorching hot place. With that being said Phoenix and to the south is definitely all those things but let’s focus on the best parts of Arizona in my opinion. The north where there are seas of conifer trees, cooler temperatures, and endless blue skies is where I will take you today. My boyfriend and I hiked the Bright Angel Trail, which; is considered the premier hiking trail on the south rim of The Grand Canyon, a couple weekends ago and I have some really cool pictures to show you. I’ll also be adding some tips and information about the hike to Plateau Point back to the trail head where you’ll start.

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The basics:

  • Bright Angel Trail is a 12 mile hike from rim to Plateau Point (PP) and back up
  • There are 7 stops total on the trail up to PP
  • Dirt Trail
  • Elevation: 6,850 ft
  • Water available year round
  • Mules have the right of way
  • Camping available with permit
  • Rest stations available
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View from Indian Campground


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No shortage of cactus here


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We hiked all the way to the end of that trail after the oasis of trees
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Mules have the right of way and you can ride the trail on one


  • Bring two liters of water, one big bottle of Gatorade, and food for each person. Need a great recommendation for the perfect water bottle? Check out this post done by my friend Melissa from The Family Voyage.
  • Do not attempt to hike from the rim to the river and back in one day. My boyfriend and I are pretty fit but it was a tough hike to Plateau Point and back up to the rim. Granted we started really late at about 12:30 in the afternoon when the weather was over 100 degrees so maybe we could have done it if we started earlier but it’s definitely not recommended.
  • But for sure try to push yourself and get to Plateau Point. The view of the river and canyons is epic.
  • Wear actual hiking shoes. We just wore tennis shoes and our legs and feet were sore for days.
  • Wear a ball cap and sunglasses. A lot of the trail in the beginning has shade however, when you get closer to Plateau Point the trail levels off the sun is very strong and you’ll want to see the canyons and protect yourself.
  • Make sure you eat a big breakfast before your hike.
  • There are a few free parking lots by the Grand Canyon Village which is just a short walk to the trailhead.
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View from Plateau Point


And that’s all the photos I could find the energy to take.

Let me know if you’ve been to the Grand Canyon and which trail you’ve hiked.


Hasta luego!


2 thoughts on “Bright Angel Trail, Grand Canyon

    1. Hey there Tanisha!! Thank you for the comment. It took us about 7 hours to do the 12 mile hike. And yes that was in one day. If you think you’re in good shape you could probably do it like we did. (We saw a guy running and he told us he was running from rim to rim 😵) but it’s definitely not recommended.


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