Gorgeous Arch at Natural Bridge Canyon

Gorgeous Arch at Natural Bridge Canyon

Location: Death Valley National Park
Length: 2 miles roundtrip
GPS Coordinates: N 36 16.872 W 116 46.193

Natural Bridge Canyon Trail is one of the most popular in the Death Valley National Park. It is situated closely to Furnace Creek and is not very long. Only a 15-minute hike from the parking lot will take you to a 50-foot-high natural bridge.

This arch is a result of erosion, and a great example of how it can create really huge holes in the stones. Natural Bridge Canyon Trail is an ancient flood channel, and it’s really great to realize it and see the evidences of those times.

This bridge is not the only attraction along the trail, there are other interesting geological formation that will attract your attention. A special information desk at the trailhead provides information about various geological features that are found in the canyon, making it easy for hikers to see faults, chutes, and mud drippings along the way.

From the trailhead hikers walk towards the mouth of the canyon. Shortly the trail enters the canyon and you found yourself surrounded by towering cliffs that were created thousands of years ago from alluvial materials. Go further and you’ll see that the trails narrows, and hikers from both sides enjoy the closeness of canyon walls that are about 25 ft high. It will take you only 15 minutes from the trailhead till you see this beautiful natural wonder. The arch is 50 ft high and lots of photographers come here to capture the results of erosion.

Death Valley National Park is a hiking area with no specially created trails, this means that from here you can go back to the trailhead or continue exploring this geological path. Explore a dry waterfall that pours into the canyon and other geological mysteries on the canyon walls.

How to get to the trailhead:

From Furnace Creek, drive 13 miles south on Badwater Road and turn left on to a dirt road toward Natural Bridge Canyon. It is about 1.5 miles from Badwater Road to the trailhead.

Photo: Roman Khomlyak
Photo Editing: Juliana Voitsikhovska
Information: Marina Petrova


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