Natural Bridge Canyon, Death Valley National Park
The Natural Bridge is also an example of how erosion is carving it’s way through the stones. It is said to have been formed by a streamcourse which constantly changed it’s way. With each flash flood that occurred, erosion undercut the rock and eventually the bridge was left above the canyon floor.
Natural Bridge is just off the street some meters north of Badwater.
The bridge is located south of the Furnace Creek area and north of Badwater. It's about a half mile slightly elevated hike through the wash. The bridge spans 46 feet and was created by flash floods running through the wash.
Natural Bridge is on a short hike (about half a mile) from the parking lot, 2 miles north of Badwater and about 13 miles south of Furnace Creek. You can continue the hike through the narrow canyon for another half mile until you reach the end of if. As with any other hike in Death Valley, bring water, bring water, bring water along.
Access to the Natural Bridge, and the trail to it, is down an unpaved road about 2 miles in length. This was the worst road I drove in the park (although there are several 4 wheel drive roads I did not access) and a few times during the drive I wondered if it was worth it. When I got to the trailhead there was an interpretive sign; but I did not see a sign giving the distance for the trail. In fact the trail to the 46 foot natural bridge is about ½ mile and it is 1 mile to the canyon at the end of the trail. Try to take the hike in the early morning when it is cooler and much of the trail is in shade. Some of the trail is uphill.
Walking this trail will lead you under a large, natural bridge. You have two options on the length of this trail. It is a 1-mile hike if you walk to the end of the canyon, where the trail ends at a dry waterfall. The shorter option is to walk one half mile, turning around after you reach the natural bridge. Although this is an easy walk, it is a gradual uphill hike.
Natural bridge is located south to Furnace Creek and north to Badwater. The natural bridge, shown here on the photo can be easily reached by a half kilometers hike. It is about 15 meters high and was carved by running waters.
To get to this site, you'll have to endure the most painful road in the park. Even though it's only a 2 mile spur, you won't believe the size of the potholes and large rocks that litter the dirt road up to the parking lot. You'll have to take things very slowly, and the 2 miles will feel like an eternity. Eventually you'll get to the parking lot, and from there it's about a half mile walk up a slightly inclining path to the Natural Bridge. In the morning, a good deal of the walk is in the shade. The bridge itself spans a former riverbed, and although nowhere near as impressive as Natural Bridges in Utah, it's worth the painful drive. Hike back down and take the road back to the main park (slowly, of course!)
The 46 foot natural bridge is located on an old riverbed, which has carved the formation over the many years. It was worth the walk.
This is a canyon with a nice walk that affords opportunities for climbing up rocks, etc., but the main attraction is that it leads to the Natural Bridge, a large stone arch over the canyon.
Up in a narrow canyon stands Natural Bridge. You have to drive up a rough dirt road to get to it--take it slow and easy. The hike is only a short one.