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Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest known natural bridge. We took a 35 mile trip up Lake Powell to visit this beautiful natural formation.


The rock formations which comprise Rainbow Bridge are more than two hundred of millions of years old. Water flowing off nearby Navajo Mountain meandered across the sandstone, following a path of least resistance. A drainage known today as Bridge Canyon was carved deep into the rock. The Bridge Canyon stream flowed in a tight curve around a thin fin of soft sandstone that jutted into the canyon.


Rainbow Bridge was known for centuries by the ancestral Pueblo, Navajo and Paiute who lived in the area. These tribes still consider the bridge sacred and ask that people not walk under it.

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Taken on May 25, 2012