Bright Angel Point

Grand Canyon National Park

A quick trip to one of the canyon's most spectacular viewpoints.

Hiking Easy

Distance
1.3 km
Ascent
51 m
Descent
53 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
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Bright Angel Point Map

Description

For one of the best views of the Grand Canyon, look no further than Bright Angel Point. In no more than a few minutes’ walk from Grand Canyon Lodge, you can stand atop a precipitous spine of rock on the edge of the abyss. It’s not as death-defying as it sounds, but the sensation really is breathtaking.

The trail to Bright Angel Point is paved, but the surface is uneven, and it’s steep in places, so it’s not great for strollers or wheelchairs. Handrails are in place, but those afraid of heights may still feel uneasy because of the sheer drop on either side. For those unphased by heights, there are plenty of boulders and unprotected ledges to scramble on for wilder view. Of course, extreme care must be taken because a fall could be fatal. Stay on the paved path to remain perfectly safe.

Because this trail is accessible and short, and the view so dramatic, it’s worth coming back at different times of day if you are staying at the North Rim. You can link with Transept Trail to make an out-and-back hike from the campground. Visit Bright Angel Point at both sunrise and sunset to see the full spectrum of color show on the canyon’s cliffs.

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/upload/nr-pocket-map.pdf

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Family friendly

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