Rainbow Bridge National Monument
The largest known natural bridge in the world, Rainbow Bridge sees 85,000 visitors annually and is an honored and sacred monument for many American Indian tribes. The arch is on the edge of Lake Powell and towers 290 feet tall and 270 feet across. Rainbow Bridge is 50 miles northeast of Wahweap marina.
Address: Forbidding Canyon Lake, Powell, UT 84533
- Rainbow Bridge can generally be reached by boat, on foot, or by horse.
- Boat cruises from both Wahweap and Bullfrog Marinas are offered daily for visitors. Once the boat docks, the hike to the arch is about 25 minutes. To schedule a Rainbow Bridge tour by boat, check out this website.
- If accessing by foot or horseback, expect a 14-mile trek through the Reservation from the Navajo Trading Post. The trailhead to the bridge is unpaved and lies within the Navajo Indian Reservation. Visitors entering by foot must have a permit from the Navajo Nation which can be found here.
- Summer sees extreme heat. Pack plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, and reliable hiking shoes.
- There is no entrance fee required to visit the national monument, but the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area does require a fee for entrance.
- There is a restroom and a pathway, but no other facilities.