This isn’t the first time I’ve felt like this about a big world monument. The Grand Canyon and Tikal are also on this list. It’s not that I don’t like them, but my mind just wasn’t blown like everyone makes it seem like it should be. Is that bad? I feel like it is.
Anyways, living on Lake Powell, I couldn’t not go see Rainbow Bridge. One day Someone asked if I wanted to go with them so I said sure. I mean, why not?
It was the beginning of July when we went so it was hot. Like really hot. Like probably over 100 degrees hot. As long as we were moving it wasn’t too bad because of the wind and all that but as soon as we stopped you remembered what a scorcher it was.
From Bullfrog it’s somewhere between two and two and a half hours to get to Rainbow Bridge in Forbidding Canyon. This is probably where I mention that Rainbow Bridge is one of the largest known natural bridges in the world at 290 feet tall and 275 feet across. Crazy, right?
If you go by boat, which most people do, its only about a mile walk to get to the actual Bridge. No, it’s not that long, but bring water if you go in the middle of the summer because, I don’t know if I mentioned this, but it get REALLY hot. It’s a nice little walk along where the lake used to go when it was higher and it’s not very strenuous.
If you go in the summer, there is always a ranger there to ask questions, and you can even ask to see the dinosaur print! That was actually probably my favorite thing because I love dinosaurs. Maybe next year I’ll get to see more dinosaur prints around the lake.
Overall it’s definitely something you should do if you happen to be on Lake Powell, there are even tours that go from Wahweap Marina in Page, Arizona. That’s a good option if you don’t have much time or don’t feel confident driving a boat yourself.
No, I didn’t love it, but I did go back. Yes, it is impressive, but I’ve just found other things I like more. For those more ambitious hikers, you can get a permit from Navajo Nation to take the long way and hike to it, but this is done far less often because it’s such a long hike clocking in at 13 miles.