Although Rainbow Bridge is immediately adjacent to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, it is a separate unit of the National Park System. Rainbow Bridge was declared a National Monument in 1910 and, as such, the range of permitted activities is smaller than for the recreation area. Traditional water-based recreation activities such as swimming, fishing, water skiing, etc. are not allowed anywhere within the monument.
Getting to the bridge requires hiking at least a mile.Visitors used to take the trail from the courtesy dock to the viewing area for the bridge. At current lake levels, the dock at Rainbow Bridge does not reach land. Beach your boat and walk through muck to the trail at your own risk. Exact trail length varies with lake levels. We ask that visitors respect the religious significance of Rainbow Bridge to neighboring tribes and consider viewing Rainbow Bridge from the viewing area rather than walking up to or under the bridge.
Remember to carry water with you! This is a desert environment and even short hikes require preparation. There are two shade shelters along the trail with benches that make great rest/reflection points.
People may backpack to Rainbow Bridge on the Navajo Mountain trail with the appropriate backcountry permit available from Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation. Follow all Navajo Nation laws and regulations.
Hiking to Rainbow Bridge from the Navajo Nation
Boat Tours from Wahweap Marina
Last updated: April 5, 2023