Bright Angel Trail

Grand Canyon National Park
Located 8.7 miles from Tusayan, Arizona (AZ)
5 Stars
18,199 Steps 1  (8.1 mi)

The Bright Angel Trail is one of the most popular and busiest trails within the Grand Canyon South Rim. The further you travel on the trail, the less populated it becomes with tourists and other hikers. The trail will take you to the beautiful oasis of Indian Garden which is manned by the National Park Service and beyond to the Colorado River. The trail is well maintained, offering seasonal water (May-October) and rest stations at the 1.5 mile rest house and 3 mile rest house.

Bright Angel TrailBright Angel Trail RiverSnake on the Bright Angel Trail


The Bright Angel Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,826 ft (2,080 m), a minimum elevation of 2,486 ft (758 m), and an elevation range of 4,340 ft (1,323 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
18,1998.1 mi2,486 ft6,826 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.5 hrs2.833 ft4,359 ft
[ B to A ]
4.8 hrs363.24,359 ft33 ft

What is the length of the Bright Angel Trail?

The length of the trail is 8.1 mi (13.0 km) or 18,199 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Bright Angel Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 3.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.8 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Bright Angel Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Grand Canyon National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Havasupai Point, AZ
  2. North Topo Map: Shiva Temple, AZ
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Bright Angel Point, AZ
  4. West Topo Map: Piute Point, AZ
  5. Topo Map: Grand Canyon, AZ
  6. East Topo Map: Phantom Ranch, AZ
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Metzger Tank, AZ
  8. South Topo Map: Tusayan West, AZ
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Tusayan East, AZ

Is there a Bright Angel trail map?

Yes, and they're free! The Bright Angel Trail is located on the Grand Canyon and Phantom Ranch topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.