Natural bridges are among the most fascinating and wonderful geological formations in the world that attract thousands of visitors.
One of the most amazing natural wonders in the world is the Rainbow Bridge in the Unites States. The awesome Rainbow Bridge has long been known to the Navajo and Paiute Indians. It was only in 1909 that white men discover when they were guided by two Indians. The Rainbow Bridge is one of the largest formations of its kind in the world.
Here are the most interesting facts about the Rainboe Bridge.
1. Rainbow Bridge is located in San Juan County, Utah in the United States.
2. Although this natural wonder is located in the state of Utah, the nearest city to it is Page in the State of Arizona.
3. The magnificent and impressive Rainbow Bridge is known to the Indians as Rainbow-Turned-to-Stone.
4. It is situated at the feet of Navajo Mountain. It can be reached only over a long, difficult trail and can be access by boat via Lake Powell.
5. The Rainbow Bridge has been protected as a national monument since 1910.
6. On May 30, 1910, U.S. President William Howard Taft used presidential proclamation to designate Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
7. This geological wonder spans a distance of 84 meters and with a height of 88 meters from its base to its top.
8. In comparison, Rainbow Bridge is as high as the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
9. The sandstone at the top of the Arch is 13 meters thick which is equivalent to a 3 story building.
10. It is possible for trucks and buses to be driven atop this natural bridge because the top of the Rainbow Bridge has a width of 10 meters which is as wide as a highway.
11. This extremely beautiful landmark was once declared by US President Theodore Roosevelt as the greatest natural wonder in the world.
12. This pinkish sandstone streaked with variegated reds and brown is spectacularly impressive when the late afternoon sun strikes it.
13. Rainbow Bridge is a religious and sacred place to the Indians therefore it should be protected and visited in a respectful manner.
14. In the year 2006, Rainbow Bridge National Monument received 87,642 visitors. This protected area has an area of 160 acres or 0.6 km2.
15. Rainbow Bridge is part of the Rainbow Bridge National Monument and is administered by Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.