Bright Angel Trail Private Tour

South Rim Village, AZ
5.0 (24 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Mind-blowing Canyon Views
  • Water & Shade
  • Plateau Point on Longer Hike
  • Top-shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles
  • Staggering Geologic History
  • Tasty Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch

Description

Walking in the footsteps of prehistoric Native Americans, we follow this ancient trail through the Bright Angel Fault. Bright Angel Trail offers a meandering descent into the Grand Canyon and is the easiest trail that goes far below the rim. There are multiple turn-around points which can make the hike 3 miles, 6 miles, 9 miles, or 12 miles round trip. The shorter and more moderate options are fantastic choices for families and for people who want to push themselves into the Grand Canyon but would like water, bathrooms and shade to be available intermittently. And it’s a great choice for more adventurous visitors who want to push themselves on a long, strenuous hike to Plateau Point for a stunning view of the Colorado River (12 miles round trip).

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

4-8 Hours
$145-$495 Per Person
Season: Year Round

Season: Year Round

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-9 Guests
Trip Length: 4-8 Hours
Distance: 3-12MI / 5-19KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

  • Level 1: 2-6 miles, less than 500 feet elevation change on good trails
  • Level 2: 3-8 miles, up to 2000 feet of elevation change on good trails
  • Level 3: 4-10 miles, up to 3000 feet of elevation change on good to rugged trails
  • Level 4: 4-12 miles, up to 4000 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail
  • Level 5: 6-16 miles, up to 5,500 feet of elevation change on rugged trails or off trail

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

  • Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
  • Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
  • Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
  • Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
  • Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves
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Rates

Rates

  • 1 person: $495
  • 2 people: $245 per person
  • 3 people: $215 per person
  • 4-5 people: $175 per person
  • 6-9 people: $145 per person
  • 10 and younger: $105 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include a required National Park Service fee (5%) or gratuity for your guide

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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GOING FAST

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Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

The listed dates reflect general availability for Grand Canyon day hike tours. You will select your exact hike during the registration process. The season for this hike is Year Round.

Don't see your dates? Call us! We may be able to add new trip dates.

800-715-HIKE (4453)

Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Use of crampons in the winter

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (3 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You will rendezvous with your guide outside The Grand Canyon Association Park Store at the Visitor Center at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Start Times

  • October 1 to March 31: 8am
  • April and September: 7am
  • May and August: 6am
  • June and July: 5am

Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The maximum group size on this hiking tour is 9 guests. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather in the Grand Canyon

The weather in the Grand Canyon varies tremendously from the rim to the canyon floor, with as much as a 30 degree Fahrenheit difference. For this reason, the Canyon is truly a year-round hiking destination. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). Read below for average high and low temperatures at the South Rim and the Canyon bottom:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

MonthSouth RimCanyon Bottom
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Dec-Feb41°18°60°38°
March51°25°71°48°
April60°32°82°56°
May70°39°92°63°
Jun-Aug82°

53°108°75°
September76°47°97°69°
October65°36°84°58°

November
52°27°68°46°

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (24 reviews)
James M.
5.0

Wonderful Service

3 months ago

I really enjoyed hiking with wildland trekking specifically with Shane Hall. Many people chose to hike by themselves but having a guide adds a whole new level to the experience. We saw unique rock formations, wildlife, and perspectives that we would never have learned about or seen without a guide. For those that visit the Grand Canyon infrequently, the knowledge gained by having a guide certainly justifies the cost even for the day hikes.

Meg F.
5.0

So Glad We Went with Wildland

3 months ago

Chris and Elaine did a wonderful job with our group of four adults and four kids (aged 10, 9, 7 and 7.) Chris did a wonderful job keeping the kids engaged, and was incredibly knowledgeable about everything we were passing by. They helped keep their little legs motivated the entire way back up (over 2 miles) and were great about accommodating us for breaks, and encouraging everyone to keep going. Elaine had a ton of interesting facts about the history of the Grand Canyon and about other tours we could take. We really had a great day and are so glad we went with the tour instead of just going by ourselves.

Catherine S.
5.0

I Definitely Recommend Shayne

4 months ago

Tour was incredible! Scenery was magnificent! Shayne was a fantastic guide. He was knowledgeable and kind. He was flexible and willing to accommodate our needs. Not everyone in our group was the same fitness level and he was willing to take as many breaks as needed without making that person feel like he was holding up the group. The lunch he provided was so delicious, with lots of fruits and veggies and snacks. I would definitely recommend him to others and use him again!

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