Bright Angel Point Trail

A paved path lined by white limestone and pine trees disappears down a slope in the distance.
Although beautiful and popular, this trail is also rather exposed, narrow, and surprisingly steep.

NPS photo

Quick Facts
North Rim
Scenic Overlook, Hiking Trail

Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead

As of Friday, June 21, 2024, the Bright Angel Point Trail on the North Rim —leading from Grand Canyon Lodge to Bright Angel Point —is now closed for construction. This closure is necessary for the protection of staff and visiting public during an extensive repair effort to the Bright Angel Point Trail. For additional information read the news release: 6/13/2024

The short walk to Bright Angel Point illustrates the dramatic effect that Grand Canyon has on its surroundings. A transition from the cool green forest of the Kaibab Plateau to a stunted forest of pinyon and juniper occurs within a very short distance. On flat land, one would have to travel several hundred miles to experience this much environmental variation, but thanks to the canyon's topography, the transition is compressed into a few hundred yards.

The trail to Bright Angel Point begins on the Bridle Path behind the Visitor Center, or from the Grand Canyon Lodge veranda. Below the lodge, from the junction of the Transept Trail and Bridle Path, it is a 0.5 mile (0.8 km) round-trip walk which usually takes at least 30 minutes to complete. This narrow, paved path provides spectacular views, although it drops off dramatically on both sides in some places, and certain sections are surprisingly steep. The length of the trail is exposed to the elements; watch out for thunderstorms during the summer months and seek shelter in the Grand Canyon Lodge if you see lightning or hear thunder. 

Trail Information

Roundtrip Distance: 0.5 miles (0.8 km)
Elevation change: Minimal
Average Hiking Time: 30 minutes

Grand Canyon National Park

Last updated: June 21, 2024