Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Bright Angel Trail
Each year thousands of hikers enter Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. They follow a tradition - and a trail route - established by prehistoric people. For centuries humans have used this route for two key reasons: water and access. Water emerges from springs at Indian Garden, and erosion along the Bright Angel Fault creates a break in the cliffs, providing access to the springs.
When prospectors arrived here in the late 1800s, Havasupai Indians were using the route. Prospectors improved the Havasupai route, but soon realized that the canyon's wealth lay in tourism, not ore. By 1903 one prospector, Ralph Cameron, had secured control of the trail by strategically locating mining claims. He then charged a $1.00 toll per trail user.
For years Ralph Cameron battled to defend his precarious legal claim to the Bright Angel Trail, all the while collecting tolls. In 1928 the National Park Service gained control of the trail and tolls ceased. The Bright Angel has been Grand Canyon's most popular trail ever since.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 36° 3.437′ N, 112° 8.627′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in Coconino County. Click for map. Marker is near the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mules and the Canyon (here, next to this marker); Grand Canyon Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Kolb Studio (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Kolb Studio (about 500 feet away); Buckey O'Neill Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lookout Studio (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bright Angel Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Bright Angel Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grand Canyon National Park.
Also see . . .
1. Bright Angel Trail. (Submitted on January 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Bright Angel Trail Day Hike. (Submitted on January 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Trail View Overlook Audio Tour Transcript. (Submitted on January 8, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 849 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 9. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.