AAA Editor Notes
Bright Angel Trail starts just w. of Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins. Descending 4,460 feet to the Colorado River, the trail leads 9 miles to the river and Phantom Ranch. From Indian Garden, 4.4 miles below the trailhead, a branch trail leads 1.5 miles across the Tonto Platform to Plateau Point, offering a grand view of the Colorado River. To view the depths from the rim, telescopes are available near Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins and at Desert View Watchtower.
Note: Hikers should check park publications for the latest information about the trail. Overnight hikers must obtain a camping permit. Water and other hiking necessities must be carried on all canyon trails.