DescriptionJust north of the Arizona-Utah border within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Rainbow Bridge is the largest known natural bridge in the world—standing 290 feet above a stream bed and stretching 275 feet wide. The enormous and almost perfectly formed arch below and a curved surface above give the effect of a rainbow. Rainbow Bridge is considered a sacred place by many Native American tribes.
The bridge is reached either by a 14-mile hike over rugged terrain, or by boat and—depending on the lake's water level—a 1- to 1.5-mile hike. Backpackers must obtain a permit from the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department to hike the 14-mile trail; contact P.O. Box 2520, Window Rock, AZ 86515, or phone (928) 871-6647.
Regularly scheduled boat tours on Lake Powell provide access to Rainbow Bridge. Tours provided by Lake Powell Resorts & Marina depart from the Wahweap Marina in Arizona; phone (888) 896-3829 for schedule, rates and reservations. Camping and swimming are not permitted within the monument grounds.
For information contact the Superintendent, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, c/o Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, P.O. Box 1507, Page, AZ 86040; phone (928) 608-6200.
GEM DescriptionThe world's largest natural bridge, the monument's arch and curved surface are reminiscent of a 0w; Rainbow Bridge is a sacred place to many Native American tribes.