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Southwestern USA Hiking Trails including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Northern Arizona


Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Page, AZ

Rainbow Bridge can be accessed in two ways. I saw Rainbow Bridge the easiest way via a trip on a houseboat. The other way is to hike in from the Utah side; however, I've never done that so I'll talk about about the easiest and most accessible way.

Rainbow Bridge, lives on the edge of Lake Powell, Page, AZ. Rainbow Bridge is the largest natural bridge in the world at 290 feet tall and 270 feet across. The bridge is consider sacred by the Navajo tribe as a symbol of deities responsible for creating clouds, rain and rainbows.

The bridge was formed from Navajo Sandstone as waves push and compressed the sandstone together. Seasonal floods pushed water against the sandstone until it gave way, creating a hole.

You'll reach Rainbow bridge from the courtesy boat dock in Bridge Canyon. There's an easy 1/2-mile well marked trail leading to viewing areas.

You'll begin the hiking along a large sandstone wall providing a shady reprieve from the Arizona sun. The area is so well shaded moss flourishes along the sandstone wall.

About a quarter mile in you'll begin to get your first glimpse of Rainbow Bridge.

It's amazing how excitement grows after this first glimpse of natures wondrous beauty. I went on my adventure with a group of shutter bugs from the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ. The trip was lead by Joanne West, Fine Art Photographer.

The closer we got to the bridge the views grew more spectacular.

It rained a day earlier leaving a puddle behind. Providing an opportunity to get a reflect of the bridge as the sun slowly set behind it.

The tour allows one hour of viewing and picture taking before it's time to hike back to the boat. Leaving, I turned back for one last view of this national treasure capturing the Ramada and the solitude of this scared site.

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