This old Indian trail is now the most popular trail hiked in the Grand Canyon. Bright Angel is an excellent way to see the canyon up close without having to plan for a difficult overnight hike (but you can do an overnight to the bottom and back if desired). Carrying water is highly recommended all year, especially in the summer. You’ll be able to refill your water container seasonally at rest houses at 1.5 and 3 miles, and all year at the Indian Garden at 4.6 miles.
The National Park Service recommends the 3-miles resthouse as a good turn around spot, but if you continue in the summer it’s highly recommended that you turn around at the Indian Garden at 4.6 miles (making a 9.2 mile round trip).
I hiked this trail a few years ago and still have good dreams about the canyon. If you’ve seen the Grand Canyon you understand why I say that it can’t be described in words or truly shown in pictures. If you haven’t been to the Grand Canyon I suggest this day hike as a way to experience this natural wonder.
Pros and Cons of Hiking the Bright Angel Trail
Provides some areas of shade
Water available (seasonally at some resthouses)
Easy walk down
You still should carry water as it’s limited and not always available
Difficult walk back up (don’t forget about this as you stroll deeper and deeper into the canyon.)
Hiking Tips for the Bright Angel Trail
Carry water bottle or Camelbak
Be physically prepared / in shape
Wear comfortable but sturdy shoes or hiking boots
Bring moleskins for blisters
Bring extra socks in summer
Layer your clothing as it can be cool if you start early, but can quickly become hot
Wear a broad brimmed hat, carry sunglasses, and sunscreen