One of the most well known trails below the rim of the Grand Canyon is the Bright Angel Trail. Meandering steeply 19 miles into the depths of the Grand Canyon, the Bright Angel Trail is not for the beginning hiker. There are warning signs everywhere advising to take serious precautions while hiking down into the canyon. Even the relatively short hike down 1.5 miles to the resthouse is not for the faint at heart.
Since we were with our children, we only walked ten minutes or so down the Bright Angel Trail holding on tightly to our kids hands. I had heard that the best way to experience the canyon was to go into it thus we thought a short, safe walk would be worth the views. We noticed lots of people doing the hike, even some families with children, but we didn’t feel comfortable taking our kids very far. It is a long way down if you slip and fall, and there are no safety railings to stop you.
Here are a few shots I took during our short walk into the Bright Angel Trail. Although we didn’t go far it made me realize that I needed to add a hike down to the bottom of the canyon onto my every-growing bucket list. A stay at the Bright Angel Camp would be amazing!
Another way to get down to the bottom of the canyon is to ride by mule. Personally I would much rather walk on my own two feet. I wouldn’t want to hold a donkey responsible for my life! I think I’d pass out of fear riding a donkey down below the rim. But it is an option.
Just that short walk made me decide to do a little hike of my own later on that same day without the kids. It was too beautiful to not explore further. Stay tuned for a sneak peak at my lovely hike!
If you go:
There are several hikes below the rim on the Bright Angel Trailhead:
- Bright Angel to 1.5 Mile Resthouse ( 3 miles roundtrip)
- Bright Angel to 3.0 Miles Resthouse (6 miles roundtrip)
- Bright Angel to Indian Gardens* (9 miles roundtrip)
- Bright Angel to Plateau Point* (12 miles roundtrip)
- Bright Angel to Bright Angel Camp * (19 miles roundtrip)
*Day hiking is not recommend by the National Park due to long distances and extreme elevations.
If you want a more challenging hike, check out the hike down to Ooh Ahh Lookout Point.
From the Visitor’s Center, jump on the free shuttle and ride it to the start of the Bright Angel Trailhead. For more information, please visit The Grand Canyon National Park website. It is loaded with excellent information and resources on planning your visit to the park.