Hiking to Rainbow Bridge from the Navajo Nation
Few trail signs exist. The trails are mostly marked with small stone cairns. These can be washed away during flash floods, so carry the appropriate 7.5’ quad maps.
It is important to note that both trails lay almost entirely upon Navajo Tribal Lands. Utmost respect must be paid to homes, hogans, sweat lodges, and archeological sites along the way. It is preferred that vehicles not be left at the trailheads. Do not harass horses or livestock. Practice Leave No Trace backcountry ethics at all times: pack out all trash, build fires in established fire rings only, do not bury human waste near water sources, and most importantly, stay on the established trail.
Before You Begin
Did You Know?
Rainbow Bridge used to have its own marina - with gas and convenience services at a dock just around the corner from the bridge itself. Eventually it was decided the channel was too narrow, and the marina was moved to Dangling Rope Canyon, about 12 miles away.