Rainbow Bridge National Monument – Navajo Mountain, Utah - Atlas Obscura

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Navajo Mountain, Utah

This magnificent natural sandstone bridge is one of the largest in the world and is an iconic symbol for Lake Powell. 


Rainbow Bridge National Monument is a spectacular natural bridge located in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The bridge was formed by continuous erosion from wind, water, and time, gradually shaping the rock into its current striking form. The formation is one of the largest natural bridges in the world. It spans an impressive 290 feet across and reaches a height of 275 feet.

Rainbow Bridge was designated as a National Monument in 1910 by President William Howard Taft, making it one of the earliest protected areas in the United States and is managed by the National Park Service.

Visitors can reach Rainbow Bridge by boat on Lake Powell. The journey provides scenic views of the surrounding red rock canyons and the vast expanse of the lake. Alternatively, hikers can access Rainbow Bridge by two trails starting near Navajo Mountain. Both trails are rated strenuous.

Know Before You Go

Rainbow Bridge and its surrounding environment are protected to preserve their natural and cultural values. Visitors are encouraged to follow guidelines and practice Leave No Trace principles to ensure the long-term conservation of the monument and its surroundings.

Due to fluctuating lake levels, the dock at Rainbow Bridge may not reach the shore. Always check for the latest information and guidelines from the National Park Service before planning a visit to Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

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