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South Rim, Corridor Trail

Bright Angel Trail

Grand Canyon National Park’s premier hiking trail.

Bright Angel Trail - Devil's Corkscrew

Trail Details

Since prehistoric times, American Indians have used the natural route along the fault line to enter the inner canyon and reach the springs at Indian Garden. Pictographs may be seen above past the first tunnel and above the trail between Mile-and-a-Half Resthouse and Two-Mile Corner. Miners improved the trail in 1891 and began charging a toll for others to use it. Private citizens, the Santa Fe Railway, and government officials contested ownership of the Bright Angel Trail from 1901 to 1928, when control finally passed to the National Park Service. Havasupai families still farmed at Indian Garden around the turn of the last century.

Bright Angel Trail map 2017

Trail Guide

To find specific trailhead locations and view topography, check out the official National Park Service guide.

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