Explore the most popular trails in Rainbow Bridge National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A Rainbow Turned to Stone Rainbow Bridge is one of the world's largest known natural bridges. The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time--from the neighboring American Indian tribes who consider Rainbow Bridge sacred, to the 85,000 people from around the world who visit it each year. Please visit Rainbow Bridge in a spirit that honors and respects the cultures to whom it is sacred.

So I am at Lake Powell Resorts & Marina where you go for the boat tour before you can start the hike and just an FYI. This boat tour is approx 6-7hrs. From 9-3:30pm. Through the months of Nov. 1-Feb. 28th 2019, Saturday’s only. You can only take this tour on Saturday! Also the cost for adults is $135.19 and children are $85.12. You can not see Rainbow Bridge from the boat so you have to hike about 1.5 miles on a natural path. With that being said, I will be back on Saturday! Good luck friend!

currently a mile hike with water level

Incredible beauty! Need a high clearance vehicle to get to trailhead. Well marked trail. Good streams for water. Better than expected.

What an unique experience! Out that way grab a boat and go, it's a must! The day after our wedding we celebrated with our wedding party and this was the goal to reach from there it was just enjoying the water. Having restrooms and piers made it easier to get to. Only complaint is people were just hanging out on their boats and not leaving to make room for more people. Boats on both sides were there before and after our hike and never got off their boat and there was a line of boats waiting.

Wonderful trail with great scenery! Went Oct 10-14th and weather was generally high of mid 70's low of mid 30's. Water sources were reliable in all of the major canyons, usually with pools deep enough to easily filter. Camps were great, first night we stayed at Bald Rock Canyon (was shooting for Surprise Canyon) and it was amazing, there are two moderately large spots there, enough for two groups and easy access to water. The next camping spot along the way is Surprise Canyon which is a superb spot with lots of camping spots and great access to water. Just after Surprise Canyon you come to Oak Canyon.... by far the worst camp on the trail, good access to water though. We stayed at Bridge Canyon camp for our second night and it did not disappoint, during the warmer months I can imagine this camp being unbearably hot, however in early fall it was nice, you have to travel downstream a few hundred meters to find surface water but its plentiful. We day hiked out from Bridge Canyon to the monument which is easily doable with a small daypack. On the hike out we stayed at surprise canyon and it broke up the distances a little better. Overall this trip is tough, even when its cool. I would not recommend this for someone just starting (I know because we brought a newbie). Overall it was perfect weather and great views!!!!

Definitely one of the coolest places I have been and totally worth going. It has a spiritual feel. It’s an easy trail.

Very easy hike from the boat dock. we spent the past few days on a houseboat on Lake Powell do this was a must stop. Come early in the morning to avoid the tour boat crowds.

The arch is spectacular, but we used a group charter to get there and it was a little crowded for my tastes. The trail is good and a very easy hike.

Long boat ride, short hike from dock. Great views.

no shade
4 months ago

Beautiful short hike to a pretty spectacular geological formation. Very hot, as is expected for this area in summer, but was manageable with a lot of water, sunscreen, and hat.

8 months ago

Knocked off 1/2 star for trailhead accessibility and 1/2 star for permit process. Full star for water availability, trail finding (markers), and scenery. I completed this full trail, down then back up. I am a scout leader and went down with 9 boys and 2 other leaders, swapped out some young men on a houseboat, and came back up with 11 different boys and 1 other adult leader. Except for in the monument, we passed no others on the trail any of the 4 days of our trek. Permitting is a bit expensive at $12 per day per person. We were expecting 14 people both ways, and dropped $672 for the permit. We couldn't get anyone to answer the phone and confirm permit availability or discuss the group size, and ended up mailing in a money order (the permit indicated only certified checks or money orders would be accepted.) It seemed to work - we received our permit through the mail about a week before our trip having never talked to anybody about the trail - but it would have been nice to talk to a person to confirm the process. 2019 has been an unusually cool spring, and we drove through a snowstorm at the end of May to get up to the trailhead. You'll see in the pictures that Navajo Mountain was still covered in snow for our trek. We started at noon on Tuesday, May 27 with an outside air temperature of 50 degrees. It was a good thing, too. Each member of our party brought 4 liters of water which was barely enough to get down to camp where we could filter more. The party coming back up in 80 degree weather on May 31 had more than half of us run out of water, some of whom had been carrying 6 liters. We could have been in pretty bad shape had this been a normal temperature year. Other reviews indicated that the trail was hard to follow. We did not have any trouble except occasionally picking up the trail after crossing the stream. In general, the trail was well marked, in some cases with continuously piled rocks that formed a 3-foot wide pathway across bare rock. While in the monument, we passed some members of the National Forest Service who asked us to put in a good review as they had been working on the trail. We don't think they made it out of the monument, though, as they weren't carrying backpacks while completing their jobs. We used USGS maps, GPS, and compasses to navigate. No surprises on the trail, it followed the expected course with splits in indicated areas. We completed over 7 miles the first day, descending into cliff canyon where there was a flowing stream to camp. We found a few established campsites with fire rings. We favored a campsite up against the cliff with soft sand to bed down in and about 15 feet above the stream. We covered the last 5 1/2 miles to the boats the next day, and repeated the hike in the reverse, staying at the same campsite, to come back out. The group coming in had the easier hike. Even so, we did have to distribute packs for a couple of the boys. This isn't for newbie backpackers. The more experienced crew hiking out did fine with support limited to shared Gatorade powder, encouragement, and a little bit of water. We had recommended no less than 4 liters of water for the trek. If I were to do it again, I would up that to 6 liters per person. We lucked out with the weather being abnormally cool.

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washed out
8 months ago

Hiked from Redbud Camp (intersection with North trail) to Redbud Pass and back to camp. About 2-545pm at a leisurely pace for a day hike with a day pack. Weather was nice with passing clouds.

I wouldn’t call this a moderate hike. This hike is hard, especially while carrying a heavy pack. I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. I did it in 24 hours, because of a time constraint. It was exhausting, but this is a great one for a 3 day excursion. I would do it again for a more casual stroll, and to explore. Someone noted that dogs aren’t allowed, but they are. I took both my dogs, and they did great. There is water for them the entire way, so you don’t need to worry about packing it. Really be aware of the flash flood danger. It wasn’t supposed to rain on me, but it did, and was a torrential downpour that made the stream rise 10 feet. Make your camp site with that in mind. Rainbow bridge is quite awesome, and hiking in to see it is so much cooler than taking a boat to see it. Also, there is another arch on the way there. I had never heard of that one before!

over grown
10 months ago

North Trail is in Utah while the South Trail starts in Arizona and ends in Utah at the Bridge Monument. I do this hike annually since I'm from Navajo Mountain, Utah. This trail is longer than the south trail but has more Springs to get water from. The trailhead is about a 3-4 mile drive from the small town depending on the type of vehicle you drive because the dirt road can be difficult at times. The trail is marked with rock carons. There might be some branches/rocks on the trails due to weather and there aren't workers to maintain. You will experience all kinds of elements on this trail. Up and down, sandy, rocky, loose rocks, switchbacks, canyons. There are 4 campsites along the trail. Depending on your pace, usually a weekend thing. My family usually leaves from the trailhead Friday morning, camp that night and make it to Echo Camp (Rainbow Bridge) Saturday afternoon. Camp Saturday and take the Ferry into Page that Sunday which is always rewarding after that hike. I have been on the route for a whole week with an outfitting company as a guide. We take llamas. Start on Monday and get to the Bridge Friday and the group takes the Ferry into Page Saturday. Myself and another guide take the llamas and the gear back to the trailhead. We are back to the trailhead on Sunday afternoon. The Views are second to none and definitely plan ahead. You can park your vehicle at the trailhead. Always pack enough food and snacks. Water filters are a must! Good shoes and definitely pack for the weather. It's very close to the mountain so it could get chilly at night sometimes, even in the summer. Pack in it Pack it out policy. Everytime we do that hike, we are always picking up trash that other people leave.

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Sun Nov 25 2018

boat tour from Wahweap marina. round trip 9:00am through 4:00 pm 100 miles in to lake Powell, it worth the money

Sat Mar 31 2018

Absolutely amazing! Went by boat and then hiked.

We did the rainbow bridge boat tour. The boat ride there is incredible! It is 2 hours there and 2 hours back but so worth it. You get an hour and a half at the rainbow bridge. Since we did the tour the hike was about a mile. The view from the boat was spectacular! When you start the hike you can see the rainbow bridge in the distance. We went in October so not a lot of water under the rainbow bridge.

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Wed May 24 2017

Took the ferry from Wahweap Marina on an all day tour with an hour at the bridge. Well worth the visit.

Excellent short hike. Rainbow Bridge itself is one of the most beautiful natural arches in the USA. I prefer this one over the ones in the Moab area.

The 23 mile trail is from the Navajo Mt. Side. There's a trail on the Lake side that is accessible by boat only. There is tour boats that go there. The trail is around 1/2 - 1 mile depending on lake level. Best to get there early because most of the trail is in the shade. Always remember any trail in the Lake Powell area. You need to carry water. It is a desert.

My then-girlfriend (now wife) and I hiked the South Trail into Rainbow Bridge. (The map on this site shows the North Trail.) It was a truly life-changing experience. We didn't see another soul over our 3 days on the trail. Be careful: the first water is at the 9-mile mark. Also, there's a lot of elevation change. You work your way in and out of steep canyons for the first 6 miles. The NPS link I pasted below has a pretty good description of the trail. I'd recommend that you ask one of the local Navajo if you can park on their property. They'll keep your vehicle safe. We parked at Marlo's house and paid $20 as a courtesy. He and his wife were very friendly. http://www.nps.gov/rabr/planyourvisit/upload/RainbowBridgeSouthTrail040709.pdf

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