Rainbow Bridge is sheltered in Rainbow Canyon, one of the canyons draining into Lake Powell. The bridge is sacred to the Navajo people. It rises above the waters of the lake with Navajo Mountain visible behind it.
This desert environment is red sandstone, sage, and juniper. Harsh at best but also sublime. Spring will see Indian Paint Brush and Prince's Plume blooming against the red rocks. Summer is hot and unforgiving. Fall, the most pleasant time of year in the desert, will see the desert plants preparing for winter and winter snow will sometimes fall on Rainbow Bridge.
Rainbow Bridge is 275 feet across, 42 feet thick, and 33 feet wide. It is the world's largest natural stone bridge.