"One of the 7th Natural Wonders." Rainbow Bridge National Monument by Grazina

Rainbow Bridge in all her glory

They say that this is Natural Sandstone bridge that was formed by wind and fridged icewater.

A boat trip to this place is a must for visitors to Glen Canyon NRA. Natural bridges, such as Rainbow, are formed by extremely rare natural events. An arid climate, a stream with good flow rates and rock like Navajo Sandstone - which is firm enough to form cliffs hundreds of feet high, yet soft enough to erode quickly - create an environment that makes the bridge unique.

Rainbow bridge in COLOR

Hidden deep within a long canyon near the base of Navajo Mountain, a red sandstone arch soars to a dizzying height of 290 feet above the blue waters of Lake Powell. It spans 275 feet across, is 33 feet wide, and 42 feet thick. It is the largest known natural bridge in the world; a formation the nearby Navajo people call "Nonnezoshi," a "rainbow turned to stone." Rainbow Bridge is an incredible sight to behold; a wondrous work of nature whose sheer size cannot be fully captured in photographs. Going to Lake Powell without seeing it would be like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower: your trip just wouldn't be complete.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Breath taking and a feeling of AWE.
  • Cons:You have to take a boat there and a hike to see this so call Rainbow Bridge.
  • In a nutshell:It's worth the money invested in the boat ride, and the hike to shed off the pounds.
  • Intro Updated Mar 7, 2004
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“Over the river and through the woods across the canyon up the mountain past the switchbacks..what a journey I've been on”

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