Indian Garden via Bright Angel Trail

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Indian Garden via Bright Angel Trail is a 9 mile out and back trail located near Grand Canyon Village, Arizona that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options.

9.0 miles
2956 feet
Out & Back




nature trips

trail running



2 months ago

The trail is wide and well maintained with lots of switchbacks. The sun never penetrated the inner walls, which makes up about 75% of the hike (in January).

There are 2 rest houses, one at 1.5 mile and 3 mile marker.

The hike up is strenuous and very rewarding. I probably went through about 1.5 liters of water.

We hiked down in 2.25 hours
We hiked up in 3 hours

Beautiful views of the canyon on the way down and up

2 months ago

Approximate time:
~ 3 hours going down
~ 4.5 hours coming up

Word of advice:
What goes down must come back up. What looks easy going down ain't so easy when you have to climb 3000 feet up. You should have good fitness. Start your trip early in the day like 6-7 AM and you will be at Indian Garden around 10 AM. Hang out there, walk around and enjoy your lunch. If you start again around noon, you should be up by 4:30 PM. I do not recommend doing this in summer.

My experience:
If this doesn't take your breath away, what will? When you walk through the walls of the canyon carved over 6 million of years with rocks as old as 2 billion years old, you would find yourself humbled. You witness one of the most surreal landscapes in the world. We got to do this again later in 2017 and found it equally appealing. Such is the beauty of the Grand Canyon that you would always find a reason to go back again.

- stay overnight at the village so you can begin your hike early
- hiking shoes
- comfortable clothes with a light jacket
- 2-3 liters of water
- some salty snacks, protein bars, fruits, electrolytes
- trekking poles (good for support)
- toe nails cut (this is important)
- last but not the least, a friend or two in your company

4 months ago

AWESOME!! Look out for the Mule deer at Indian Garden, you might trip over them at night.