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?
In the summertime, temperatures at Rainbow Bridge can get well over 100, and there is no shade on the trail from the dock to the observation area. Make sure you have plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat so you can avoid becoming a crispy critter!