Enter into the welcoming arms of Forbidding Canyon as the crags of Navajo Mountain (10,388 ft.) regally loom in the horizon
Location: 37.092700958252, -110.976898193359
Weave through a twisting crimson maze before turning L at Y toward Rainbow Bridge
Location: 37.0868492126465, -110.971603393555
Paddle over gentle ripples and scan R walls for a jug-handle arch nestled in the wall. After rainstorms, a trickling waterfall glistens down the narrow expanse.
Location: 37.0854988098144, -110.971000671387
Hitch boat to the dock and begin hiking S on Rainbow Bridge trail
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Water tapers into an intricately carved gorge, created over centuries of persistent water chiseling the soft Navajo sandstone. Nowadays, only at highest water can the lake extend under the bridge
Location: 37.0791702270508, -110.965797424316
Take in the spectacle of one of the American West's most inspiring natural wonders. Sacred to the Navajo for centuries, the iconic Rainbow Arch sits just ahead at (290 ft. tall and 275 ft. across). Although typically ill-suited to such hot conditions; oak, juniper, redbud, and buffaloberry thrive in the arch's protective shade.
Please respect the National Monument and the Navajo by not touching or hiking under the sandstone walls.
Location: 37.0778198242188, -110.964500427246
Admire the arch's rainbow of brilliant ruby and orange hues. Created by iron oxide and manganese, these streaks mingle with the sun-kissed brush, emerald trees, and powder-blue skies to create an overwhelming canvas of color.