Rainbow Bridge in Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah
Photo by Jay Wilbur
NABSQNO 12S-503108-4103439. Rainbow Bridge is an adult meander natural bridge eroded through Navajo sandstone. It has a span of 234 feet and a height of 245 feet. It is located within Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah. The monument was created by President William Howard Taft in 1910, specifically to protect the natural arch from development and to ensure its enjoyment by all the people. Prior to the completion of Glen Canyon Dam and the filling of Lake Powell, access required a pack trip (or backpack) of several days. Now, the lake makes access as easy as a half-day boat trip from Wahweap Marina near Page, Arizona.
Rainbow Bridge deservedly attracts millions of visitors each year. Its combination of majestic size and graceful form have inspired famous authors such as Theodore Roosevelt and Zane Grey. Countless children have experienced here the wonder of nature in one of its most dramatic forms. Even the most jaded explorer leaves with a sense of spiritual renewal. It is indeed a shame that the National Park Service has decided to close the trail that leads under the arch and to views of its opposite, upstream side. The photo above was taken from the upstream side prior to the closure.
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