Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural bridge, stretches 290 feet from its base to the top of its arch with a  span of 275 feet.  The top of the arch measures 42 feet thick and 33 feet wide.  The Navajo, Hopi, Kaibab Paiute, San Juan Southern Paiute, and White Mesa Ute tribes consider Rainbow Bridge a sacred religious site.  The Cummings-Douglas exploration group saw Rainbow Bridge on August 14, 1909.  In May 1910 President William Howard Taft created Rainbow Bridge National Monument to preserve this “extraordinary natural bridge, having an arch which is in form and appearance much like a rainbow, and which … is of great scientific interest as an example of eccentric stream erosion.”  To see Rainbow Bridge we took a 52 mile boat trip from the Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell.  Some other interesting points of interest included Castle Rock, Romana Mesa, Crossing of the Fathers, and Gunsight Butte.  Rainbow Bridge, one of the world’s natural wonders, is in Utah northwest of Navajo Mountain, which still had snow.

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