Rainbow Bridge National Monument

After learning about the Rainbow Bridge, one of the world’s largest known natural bridges, we took a boat tour to see the Bridge, during our weekend trip to Page, Arizona.

On the day of the tour, we woke up really early, munched on some fruits and bread for breakfast and drove to the Lake Powell Marina to take the boat. We sat on the top deck for a few minutes to enjoy the views, but very soon went downstairs to sit indoors because the weather was very cold.

Unique red rock formations
Unique red rock formations
Unique red rock formations
Unique red rock formations

During the two and a half hours boat journey, we kept ourselves busy by listening to the audio tour and looking at the unique and marvelous red rock formations all the way through. During the last half hour, the boat entered a narrow passage with towering rocks on all sides. A bit scary and exciting! A part of the passage was so narrow that everybody in the boat went “Ohhhhh” and “aaaaahhhh”.

Narrow passage
Narrow passage

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We finally reached the dock near the Rainbow Bridge, stocked up on water and snacks and started the 1.5 mile hike to see the Rainbow Bridge. It was an easy hike and we were walking among the soaring tall rocks. We looked minuscule and more like ants to these rocks.

Boat launch pad near the Rainbow Bridge
Boat launch pad near the Rainbow Bridge
Hiking to see the Rainbow Bridge
Hiking to see the Rainbow Bridge
The rocks around are immensely tall
The rocks around are immensely tall

As the trail turned, we caught a glimpse of the massive Rainbow Bridge. We walked further to see the bridge completely. A colossal structure majestically standing right in front of us! This 290 feet structure is apparently considered sacred by the American Indian tribes. For the same reason, visitors are not allowed to walk under the bridge or touch the bridge.

And here is the Rainbow Bridge!
And here is the Rainbow Bridge!
Gaping at this 290 feet structure
Gaping at this 290 feet structure
Another view of the Rainbow Bridge from the trail
Another view of the Rainbow Bridge from the trail

We spent a little over half hour, taking pictures and mostly gasping at this gigantic naturally formed structure. Then walked back and boarded the boat. The return journey is never always fun, because everyone is exhausted. Just lazed back in the seat, watching the beautiful structures on the way, until the boat took us back to Lake Powell in Page.

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