Rainbow Bridge National Monument closed due to heavy rain

Posted at 11:55 AM, Sep 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-13 13:55:53-04

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — Rainbow Bridge National Monument closed Friday due to heavy rain washing out trails.

Officials with Rainbow Bridge National Monument said damage includes a complete loss of 150 feet of trail between the dock and the first shade structure, with a 21 foot drop-off into Bridge Creek.

Crews plan to develop a temporary trail in the area until a more permanent trail can be constructed.

Officials said the chains area near Page, Ariz. is also closed to traffic due to the rain making the road impassable. They said visitors can still access the Hanging Garden Trail by walking from the parking lot near the gate.