The Rainbow Bridge National Monument is home to a variety of wildlife, from bald eagles and ravens soaring high in the sky to majestic elk and mule deer roaming the canyons below. The monument is also home to a number of endangered species including the Mexican spotted owl, desert bighorn sheep, and peregrine falcon. Visitors may also encounter a variety of reptiles and amphibians, such as the western whiptail lizard and the yellow-blotched salamander.
Rainbow Bridge can be seen from the air, reached by boat, or on foot. There are 3 trails to the bridge - two rugged trails from Monument Valley (North and South) and a very short hike from the shores of Lake Powell. This boat access has made visitation to this magical sacred place possible for hundreds of thousands of people annually. The closest marina to Rainbow Bridge is Dangling Rope. Due to low water levels, marina availability may be limited. See here
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Approximately 50 miles (2 hours) of water travel and a variable hiking length (around a mile) dependent on Lake Powell water levels. There is a dock for boats and a restroom in the monument area.
Boat tours are offered out of the Wahweap Marina. They involve a short hike from the boat dock to Rainbow Bridge. Boat tour availability can be impacted by low water levels.
Before 1980 when Lake Powell was finished, the 30 mile, multi-day (3-4 day) hike from Monument Valley was the only access to Rainbow Bridge that there was. Hikers today still enjoy these challenging hikes through this beautiful desert land to the sacred Rainbow Bridge National Monument. It is some of the most remote and rough adventure through the iconic Wild West.
Flight tours are offered over the stunning geology of Glen Canyon, Lake Powell, and Rainbow Bridge.