Duration: Approximately 30-35 minutes
Hidden in the remote canyons lies a breathtaking wonder carved over thousands of years of wind, sand, and small streams branching off of the Colorado River. Before its discovery in 1909 by the Douglass-Cummings party, no one outside the local Indian tribe had seen what is now known as Rainbow Bridge. Standing at 290 feet high and 275 feet wide, the colorful formation is the tallest natural bridge in the world. President William Howard Taft declared it a national monument in 1910.
A place for prayer and worship, the natural bridge has been a sacred place signifying good fortune in the Navajo culture. Rainbows are considered the guardians of the universe. People of the Navajo and Paiute tribes gave the bridge the name Nonnezoshe which means “rainbow turned to stone.” The remarkable formation can be seen by Grand Canyon airplane tours and reached by hiking into the canyons or a two-hour boat ride during one of our Rainbow Bridge tours.