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Rainbow Bridge National Monument - Lake Powell, Utah

Rainbow Bridge has deep religious and spiritual significance to areaRainbow Bridge Native American tribes. It is called "Nonnezoshi" by the Navajo people, or the "rainbow turned to stone." Special prayers are offered before passing beneath the bridge and failure to do so is believed to bring misfortune. In 1995, the Nation Park Service began requesting that visitors refrain from passing under the monument in an effort to respect the longstanding beliefs of the Native American people.

By far the most popular destination on Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge stands approximately 290 feet high creating an awe-inspiring sight. It is made of Navajo Sandstone at the top and Kayenta Sandstone at the base and was formed when the drainage in the stream bed broke through to the other side of a meander creating an ever widening hole in the ancient cliff face. In 1910, the geological significance of the monument caught the attention of the public and the site was named a national monument by President William Taft. The largest natural bridge on earth, Rainbow Bridge is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Hikers!Boat and air tours are offered daily throughout most of the summer season. Visitors in private and rental boats may also use the courtesy dock at the monument, and then walk less than a mile along improved trail to the viewing area. A portion of the trail to the first viewing area is accessible to most wheel chairs.

Organized tours welcome special needs passengers, however, advance notice is requested. National Park Service Rangers are on hand to answer questions, educate the public and protect the site. Visitors are requested to stay on the trail and refrain from trampling the land around the monument.


 

 
 

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