Bright Angel Point, Grand Canyon
This short (less than half a mile each way) easy walk starts beside the North Rim’s historic lodge. The paved trail descends a short distance to the southern tip of a narrow promontory where you get wonderful views over the Grand Canyon, from The Transept in the west to Bright Angel Canyon in the east. The walk, though steep in places, is manageable in a wheelchair or with a buggy, so there’s no reason for anyone to miss out.
We came here twice as we were staying in the Lodge, so were able to see the spectacular view in the dramatic bad weather of our first day and the calm sunshine of the second. Whatever the weather, it’s a sight not to be missed, as my two contrasting photos show, I hope.
A beautiful lookout on the North Rim, Bright Angel Point is at the end of a half mile paved trail starting a the Grand Canyon Lodge. From this point you can see the South Rim and all the way to the San Fracisco Peaks (near Flagstaff). The walk is not hard or strenuous at all so it is perfectly fine for children. However, I would definitely recommend keeping the kids close because the overlook is high and gets close to the edge. From this overlook, you can see so much and if you are lucky you can see and hear some birds flying in the canyon. This is definitely worth a visit if you are visiting the North Rim.
Take a hike or a mule ride down the bright Angel Trail but only if you're brave enough.
If you enlarge the main photo you can make out the trail in the centre and it should give you an idea of what you can expect. The trail leads all the way down to the base of the canyon but should not be attempted unless you are fit enough and fully prepared. Remember you have to come back up the same way.
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