Least Visited NPS Units: Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Highlights of the West > Least Visited National Parks and Monuments

Rainbow Bridge National Monument
PreviousPath leading to Rainbow Bridge (NPS photo)Next

The relatively small number of annual visitors to Rainbow Bridge National Monument is certainly not due to the spectacular central attraction; the preserve contains one of the largest natural bridges on earth, spanning a beautiful red rock canyon along the south shore of Lake Powell. Instead, visitors are restricted by the remote location and difficult access - the bridge can be reached overland by a hike of 13 miles over rough, exposed terrain in the Navajo reservation, but virtually all visitors arrive by boat, on tours which cost from around $125 per person, and take most of one day. Like many other features around the lake, including the famous slot canyons, the bridge is composed of Navajo sandstone; it measures 290 feet high and 275 feet across.

2014 Visitation: 62,910
Rainbow Bridge - full description (NPS website)


All Contents © Copyright The American Southwest | Comments and Questions | Contribute | Affiliate Marketing Disclosure | Site Map