Though its "discovery" by the outside world was only a hundred years ago, American Indians have known about Rainbow Bridge for centuries. It is also quite likely that prospectors, ranchers, and others happened across the bridge in their wanderings.
The story of the official recorded discovery of Rainbow Bridge is an interesting one. Click on the link above to read about this modern day exploration party.
Did You Know?
This "Cowboyglyph" of a steer is easy to see from the trail to the observation area. Even though this glyph was made in only the last 100 years, it is no longer appropriate to make carvings of any kind on the canyon walls. In fact, it is illegal.