Bright Angel

photo: Bright Angel Trail in Arizona, south rim of the Grand Canyon inside Grand Canyon National Park; photo by Fiana Shapiro Type: Backcountry
Length: 7.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: At Grand Canyon National Park, connects Grand Canyon Village to Colorado River.
States: Arizona
Latitude: 36.05727   Longitude: -112.14368

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The Bright Angel Trail was originally an Indian trail used by the Havasupai Indians to commute between the rim and Indian Garden. 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 owenership battle with the Mr. Cameron, ownership of the Bright Angel Trail was finally transerred to the National Park Service.
Elevations: Rim - 6860' Colorado River - 2400'

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1981

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



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