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Bring plenty of water when hiking and drink often. It's important to remember when hiking at Lake Powell to watch the sky for storms: it may not be raining where you are, but flooding can occur in downstream canyons—particularly slot canyons—from a storm miles away.
Rainbow Bridge. Only seasoned hikers in good physical condition will want to try either of the trails leading to Rainbow Bridge; both are about 26 to 28 miles round-trip through challenging and rugged terrain. This site is considered sacred by the Navajo, and it's requested that visitors show respect by not walking under the bridge. Take Indian Highway 16 north toward the Utah state border. At the fork in the road, take either direction for about 5 miles to the trailhead leading to Rainbow Bridge. Excursion boats pull in at the dock near the arch, but no supplies are sold there.
Navajo Parks & Recreation. Get backcountry permits ($5 per person, per day), which must be obtained before hiking to Rainbow Bridge, here. Call the office, and allow about a month to process the paperwork. Alternatively, on weekdays from 8 until 5, you can stop by the Antelope Canyon Tribal Park Office in Page, on Coppermine Road (3 miles south of downtown Page), next to the LeChee Chapter House. Window Rock, AZ, 86515. 928/871–6647 Navajo Parks Dept.; 928/698–2808 Antelope Canyon Tribal Park Office. www.navajonationparks.org/permits.htm.
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