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Location: At Grand Canyon National Park, connects Grand Canyon Village to Colorado River.
The Bright Angel trailhead is located just west of Bright Angel Lodge. To reach the trailhead park at the Backcountry Information Center (Lot D) and walk 5 minutes to the trailhead or park at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and catch the free shuttle bus (:20 minute one way trip).
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 ownership battle with the Mr. Cameron, ownership of the Bright Angel Trail was finally transferred to the National Park Service.
Elevations: Rim - 6860' Colorado River - 2400'
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 1981
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsBrochure: NPS Trail Map
Brochure: NPS Trail 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.
Grand Canyon National Park
P.O. Box 129
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
(520) 638-9734 ext. 2
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