|Facilities: Seasonal trail water (May - September) subjec tto pipeline breaks. Check at visitor center or backcountry information center for water status. Water is available year-round at the trailhead and at Indian Garden. However, it is highly recommended that visitors bring their own water.|
Best Time To Visit: The Bright Angel Trail is open year-round, but snowfall may make the hike more difficult.
Fees: An entrance fee will be collected to enter the Grand Canyon National Park. There are no additional fees to use the trail.
Accessibility: The Bright Angel Trail is not handicap accessible.
Rules: Over 250 people each year are rescued from hiking the Grand Canyon. A majority of these people tried to hike to the Colorado River and back in the same day. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS STUNT! Several recent encounters between hikers and mules resulted in injuries to packers and the death of some mules. To ensure safety for yourself, other trail users, and mule riders, when encountering mules on the trails step off the trail on the uphill side away from the edge. Follow the directton of the wwangler. Remain completely quiet and stand perfectly still. Do not return to the trail until the last mule is 50 feet past your position.
Directions: Bright Angel Trail begins on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon just west Bright Angel Lodge. Follow path along the canyon rim; trail begins my the mule coral.
Map: Click here for a map to Bright Angel Trail
Reservations: Reservations are not needed or accepted for Bright Angel Trail.