• 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?

Steer

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.