National Park Service

Southern Colorado Plateau Network (SCPN)

Rainbow Bridge National Monument (RABR)

Reflections in Bridge Creek<br />(SCPN photo) View of Rainbow Bridge from Cummings Mesa<br />(BOR historical photo) Rainbow Bridge with high lake water level<br />(SCPN photo) Rainbow Bridge with low lake water level<br />(SCPN photo) Petroglyph and historic graffiti<br />(NPS photo) Trail to Rainbow Bridge<br />(SCPN photo) Yucca with seed pods<br />(NPS photo) Navajo Mountain behind Rainbow Bridge<br />(NPS photo) Rock spall<br />(NPS photo) Shade structure for visitors<br />(NPS photo) Vegetation growing in seeps at base of cliffs<br />(NPS photo) Under the arch<br />(SCPN photo) Viewing area for Rainbow Bridge<br />(NPS photo)

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Location of Rainbow Bridge NM in the Southern Colorado Plateau Network. Click for larger image.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument encompasses 160 acres (65 ha) in south-central Utah, and is contiguous with Glen Canyon NRA. The monument was established in 1910 to preserve the world's largest natural bridge. The stone arch of Rainbow Bridge is a sacred place to most Native American tribes throughout the southwest.

Rainbow Bridge lies deep within a slickrock wilderness of rugged canyon lands in Bridge Canyon. Grassland and shrubland plant communities predominate in the monument, which supports 7 amphibian, 311 bird, 27 fish, 64 mammal, and 28 reptile species. Bridge Creek drains Navajo Mountain and flows beneath Rainbow Bridge and into Lake Powell.

Currently, the Southern Colorado Plateau Network is not conducting any field-based monitoring in Rainbow Bridge NM.

Life Zones at Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Rainbow Bridge NM ranges in elevation from 3,703 to 4,894 feet (1,129–1,492 m) and lies within the Semi-Desert Grassland/Shrub Steppe and Warm Desert life zones. The monument receives an average annual precipitation of 9.2 inches (233 mm).

Rainbow Bridge Life Zones

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