- On Lake Powell about 50 miles from Wahweap, Bullfrog, or Halls Crossing marinas
- National Park
- 3,600 feet feet
DescriptionBy its wondrous size, to say nothing of its majesty and mystery, Rainbow Bridge has inspired humans throughout time. From the time the bridge became known to the outside world in the early 20th century, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world have visited each year. From its base to the top of the arch, it is 290 feet-nearly the height of the Statue of Liberty-and spans 275 feet across the river; the top of the arch is 42 feet thick and 33 feet wide. Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest natural bridge.
Tucked among the rugged, isolated canyons at the base of Navajo Mountain, Rainbow Bridge was known for centuries by the Native Americans who lived in the area. Native Americans living in the region have long held the bridge sacred. Ancestral Puebloan residents were followed much later by Paiute and Navajo groups. Several Paiute and Navajo families, in fact, still reside nearby.
The easiest way to get to Rainbow Bridge is by boat on Lake Powell. You can take one of many boat tours that depart from Wahweap Marina, or rent your own boat. A dock is located about 1/4 mile from the bridge.
While Rainbow Bridge is a separate unit of the National Park Service, it is proximate to and administered by Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Rainbow Bridge is accessible only by boat or by a 13 mile (one way) hike. By boat, it is approximately 50 miles (80 km) from Wahweap, Bullfrog, or Halls Crossing marinas.