Photo © Christopher Keith Eaton
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Rainbow Bridge is a natural wonder found in southern Utah among the red rock canyon country. Located at the
base of Navajo mountain, it was named a National Monument in 1910. Back then it was a long and difficult trail
ride into the Navajo Mountain area, and then a long and difficult hike to the bridge. Rainbow Bridge is an
awe-inspiring natural bridge formed of Navajo sandstone, standing 290' high. Today you can visit by way of
Lake Powell or hike in from Navajo Mountain. (Permits are required by the Navajo Nation if you hike in;
be sure to inquire). There is a viewing area from which to photograph the bridge, but at this time the
National Park Service is asking you respect the wishes of some tribal members and not walk under Rainbow Bridge.
It is considered a sacred place by some, so the National Park Service asks for your voluntary compliance in not
walking past the designated viewing area.
There are no services available at Rainbow Bridge National Monument, so you need to plan ahead for your visit.
It requires a two hour minimum boat ride to get there from either Wahweap or Bullfrog Marinas.