For the wandering traveler, Rainbow Bridge is an impressive sight no matter where you come from. Located high above the creek in Bridge Canyon, this arch spans from wall to wall, a distance of 275 feet and is the largest known natural bridge in the world. The most popular route to gain access is from Lake Powell. The route shown here is done from the land beneath the base of Navajo Mountain. It is a 2-3 day, ~26 mile round trip trek into the heart of canyon country. There are not a lot of people that choose this route so come prepared to spend several days in the elements. The trail itself is well established in the beginning, then quickly turns into classic desert wash hiking and cairn following as you drop into Cliff Canyon. Take this canyon until you see a sign for Red Bud Pass which will take you up and over into Bridge Canyon proper, where Rainbow Bridge awaits a few miles downstream. Bring plenty of water as either of these creeks may or may not be flowing. Cliff Canyon was dry when I was here but Bridge Canyon was flowing. This can easily change as conditions differ depending on recent rainfall, etc. This is a lesser done route but offers a nice, moderately challenging route in some great desert wilderness.
***THIS MAP IS A ROUGH ESTIMATE OF THE ROUTE AND IS INTENDED ONLY FOR REFERENCE***
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