Rainbow Bridge National Monument


In 1909, two exploration parties, one headed by University of Utah dean Byron Cummings, and another by government surveyor W.B. Douglass, began searching for the legendary natural structural engineering wonder that had been described by trappers and prospectors in the 1800s. Eventually they combined forces and, with help from local guides, "discovered" Rainbow Bridge. President Taft created Rainbow Bridge National Monument in 1910 to preserve the site as "an example of eccentric stream erosion." The bridge is nearly the height of the Statue of Liberty and spans 275 feet. The top of the arch is 42 feet thick and 33 feet wide.

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Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Other
Topic(s):Green
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Higher than the nation's Capitol and nearly as long as a football field" describes Rainbow Bridge, one of the seven natural wonders of the world--and a natural structural engineering feat. It is the largest known natural bridge in the world and is considered a sacred place by the Navajo Indians, who avoid passing under the 290-foot-high arch.
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