• As you approach the viewing area from the docks, Rainbow Bridge peeks out from behind the cliffs.

    Rainbow Bridge

    National Monument Utah

Stories

First photogaph of Rainbow Bridge

Professor Byron Cummings at Rainbow Bridge.

There are many stories associated with Rainbow Bridge. One of the most colorful is the actual discovery of the bridge by the Cummings-Douglass expedition. For an in-depth account of this discovery, follow the link to scholar Stephen Jett's fascinating article about the expedition.

Stephen Jett's The Great "Race" to "Discover" Rainbow Natural Bridge in 1909 (pdf file, 271kb)

 

Did You Know?

Rainbow Bridge

Neighboring Indian tribes believe Rainbow Bridge is a sacred religious site. They travel to Rainbow Bridge to pray and make offerings near and under its lofty span. Special prayers are said before passing beneath the Bridge: neglect to say appropriate prayers might bring misfortune or hardship.