the rainbow bridge is the world largest natural stone bridge. sculpted by wind and water spanning 275 feet at a height of 290 feet.
archeologists believe native americans camped near the bridge nearly 2000 years ago.
visits from president theodore roosevelt and western writer zane grey helped to bring prominence and national monument status to the bridge in 1909.
The All-Day Rainbow Bridge Cruise, available at Wahweap, Bullfrog and Halls Crossing is the best way to visit the awe-inspiring Rainbow Bridge National Monument. This seven-hour scenic cruise includes a box lunch and entry into some of Lake Powell's 96 major canyons.
Wahweap's five-hour, Hald-Day Rainbow Bridge Cruise is the most popular Lake Powell tour. The boat cruises the main channel between Wahweap and Rainbow Bridge. Several daily departures are offered during the summer.
This was the first time in my life that I had seen a "entrance" sign that was on pontoons, so here it is, the entrance sign to Rainbow Bridge when you are boating on Lake Powell.
There are many pictures on my Lake Powell page that shows the beautiful rock formations along the water and what you see here is only the entrance channel to Rainbow Bridge. You will travel along this route till you reach the floating Ranger Station where you can tie up your boat and then walk the last distance to Rainbow Bridge, it is an easy and very level walk but the actual distance will depend on the level of the lake at the time you arrive there, so the walk may be 15 minutes or 45 minutes depending on that factor.
A very important note: The Rainbow Bridge is a sacred site to the Navajo Indians, please respect this by NOT WALKING UNDER, OR ON the bridge.
Also a few facts for those interested:
From base to top of arch is 290 feet and its span across the base is 275 feet (that is nearly the height of the Statue Of Liberty). It is composed of Navajo sandstone and limestone, the colors of pink, red and brown are from deposits of iron oxide and maganese
There are also two trails that access Rainbow Bridge by foot, both have their starting points near Navajo Mountain at the endo of highway 16, they are respectivily the North and South Rainbow Bridge Trails.
You cross Lake Powell, you boat your way through some watery canyons, anchor your boat at the ranger station and walk the canyon path to finally turn a corner and see in the distance the Rainbow Bridge...that first "peek" is only the beginning. But don't forget to pay attention to the canyon itself, as you can see, the rock faces can provide you with many, many photo opportunities or just gawk if you like...finally you approach the bridge, this is one of the places where you do NOT need to be up close and personal, but rather further away to appreciate the bridge as a whole and see it as it is whithin the surrounding landscape.
Favorite thing: I saw this steep cliff wall with a heart craved in by the elements of the wind, water and condition of the cold. So alway take your camera and have a good eye....