Rainbow Bridge and Glen Canyon, Arizona
Trip Start Oct 10, 2012
14Trip End Oct 26, 2012
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Along the way, we learned Lake Powell was formed by the building of the Glen Canyon Dam in the 1960s, backing up the raging Colorado River and providing a backup source of water for over a million people in the southwestern states. The shoreline of this man-made lake is longer than the entire west coast of the USA!
Rainbow Bridge itself was impressive, but having seen plenty of photos of it in advance, what surprised me was the dramatic entrance to the canyon on the boat, and the kilometer of walking through mesmerizing formations to reach the main attraction
The Bridge wasn’t seen by non-native Americans until 1909 – its remote location kept it a verified Indian myth until a couple of famous explorers were led to the spot, sacred to the Navajo, by a Native American guide.
Rainbow Bridge is a national monument – part of the national parks system, and an animated
ranger on site told story after story, both of the history surrounding the Bridge and his own personal anecdotes of flash flood near-disasters and famous personages he’d welcomed to Rainbow Bridge.
Upon our return, we did a bit of computer research, then headed into the nearby town of Page for hotel and walk planning research... We just got back! Hotel choices look clear, but we cast round for several hours considering various walk possibilities. The terrain is stunning! Canyons and mesas and massive ever-changing skies give a sense of the grandiose. Everything is super-sized!
Tomorrow morning, we finalize walk plans here in Page, then drive north across the border into Monument Valley!