Located just a bit away from the Bright Angel Trailhead, the Bright Angel Fountain is the perfect stop for a quick bite or treat. It’s only open seasonally, and caters primarily to travelers on the go who want to grab some lunch or enjoy a scoop or two of ice cream after a morning of hiking the Rim Trail. Offering a nice selection of sandwiches and fresh food, it’s a good resource to take advantage of during your visit. Plus, you can’t beat the price!
Bright Angel Fountain Ambiance
This little stand is conveniently located, and easy to access for anyone at or around the Bright Angel trailhead. It’s modest in size, and the décor is what you’d expect from a southwestern, outdoorsy architecture. Think warm woods and generous windows, although you won’t be spending much time inside the structure at all. It’s usually pretty busy, although you can get in and out with only a moderate wait during the busiest times of day (typically around lunchtime).
Bright Angel Fountain Food
All food here is served to go, and is often pre-packaged for your convenience. It’s open from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, and serves lunch and snacks, although you could also conceivably eat a light dinner from here if you were on the go. They are perhaps most popular for their fabulously large scoops of ice cream (they serve Edy’s/Dreyer’s ice cream, with a good variety in flavors). However, you can also pick up a sandwich, bratwurst & hotdogs, pretzels, pastries, and plenty of cold beverages.
Bright Angel Fountain Details
Like most of the dining options in Grand Canyon Village, the dress code here is quite casual. It’s more of a walk-up shop than a restaurant (there is no seating in the shop itself), although you can find seating nearby. Most people take advantage of the offerings here to bring them along the trail for later, although many also use this as a way to relax after a long hike, too.
Like the Harvey House Cafe, Bright Angel Fountain is centrally located in Grand Canyon Village. It’s part of the Bright Angel Lodge family, but is open to anyone in the area. It’s also near a number of other hotel options, including Yavapai Lodge, Maswik Lodge, Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges, and El Tovar.
For those in search of some neighborhood attractions, you’ll find everything from shops to historic sites. Check out the famed Grand Canyon Railroad Depot, stroll out to the curious Hopi House, and browse at the Kolb Studio & Park Store. Of course, there are also the Bright Angel Trail and Rim Trail, which are perfect for strolling or hiking to see more of the canyon.