Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Lake Powell

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#23 of 214 in Nature in Utah
Must see · Geologic Formation · Monument
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One of the world's largest natural bridges, Rainbow Bridge National Monument spans 71 m (234 ft) in the isolated foothills of Navajo Mountain. Though known for centuries by Native Americans who held the bridge scared, and sighted by trappers, prospectors, and cowboys in the 1800s, the existence of this massive sandstone bridge was not made public knowledge until 1909. To reach it, take a boat trip on Lake Powell, followed by a 1.6 km (1 mi) hike from the dock that crosses rugged terrain. Both the bridge and the trail are on Navajo tribal lands, and the National Park Service asks visitors to be respectful of this. It is not illegal to approach or walk under the arch, but the Park Service requests that you stay in the viewing area. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Rainbow Bridge National Monument by using our Lake Powell trip planner.
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  • My family had a charter flight over the Rainbow bridge and surrounding area. The views are amazing and memorable. Great for pictures. 
    My family had a charter flight over the Rainbow bridge and surrounding area. The views are amazing and memorable. Great for pictures.  more »
  • This place is far most most places. If nearby it's worth a visit. Three nice natural bridges to see. Not to long of a hike to get to each one or you can just take the short walk to the lookout and... 
    This place is far most most places. If nearby it's worth a visit. Three nice natural bridges to see. Not to long of a hike to get to each one or you can just take the short walk to the lookout and...  more »
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  • Took a 50 mile boat trip from one end of Lake Powell to the other. Cruised at about 30-39 miles per hour. We rented our boat from B &T Marina great rental place. They provided the map and details about the lake. The walk at the time we got to Rainbow arch took about 20 minutes. The park service has bathroom and a nice dock and pathway. Largest bridge this side of the Mississippi.
  • What an extraordinary place. It's a long boat ride to get here, especially when the lake is low, but there are beautiful sights to see along the way. Once you finally dock, it's a relatively easy 20-30 minute hike and you're right in front of the bridge. Don't despair if it starts to rain! Waterfalls spring up all over the place, making the hike and bridge even more magical. Just be sure to pack some waterproof gear!

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