Spend The Day Exploring This Scenic Bridge In Idaho
When you think of beautiful bridges in Idaho, the
Perrine Memorial Bridge and the Moynie River Bridge are usually the first to come to mind. However, the Rainbow Bridge near Smith’s Ferry, Idaho deserves just as much attention. This is a historic bridge that is truly one of the most beautiful and picturesque features in Idaho. In fact, you could spend all day exploring the bridge and the surrounding area.
As you travel on Highway 55, just above Smith’s Ferry, you will come to Rainbow Bridge, also known as North Fork Payette River Bridge. Built in 1933, this historic bridge has been wowing travelers for decades and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This is a beautiful 410-foot-long concrete arch bridge. Surrounded by lush forests, this bridge is going to inspire you. In fact, as early as the 1930s, this bridge was known as one of the most beautiful in all of Idaho.
The Rainbow Bridge was designed by Charles A. Kyle and cost approximately $74,000. At the time of construction, it was considered leading edge and a major engineering feat.
This bridge is unique not only because of its open-spandrel design, but also because it has not changed throughout the years.
As you approach this Idaho bridge, you’ll definitely want to pull over and capture a photo. In every season, this bridge is stunning. In the summer, the green forests will mesmerize …
… and the vibrant fall foliage surrounding the bridge is a favorite landscape among photographers.
Even the North Fork Payette River beneath the bridge is stunning. This river is a popular destination for river rafters and you may even spot some adrenaline seekers when you stop to enjoy the beauty of the area.
The Rainbow Bridge is one destination that you will not want to drive by. In fact, you will regret not capturing a photo of one of the most beautiful features in Idaho.
For more information on the North Fork Payette River Bridge, visit the
National Forest Service website.
Have you seen this Idaho bridge in person? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments, and feel free to share any photos as well.
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Address: Rainbow Bridge, ID-55, Cascade, ID 83611, USA