Natural Bridge

Death Valley, California

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An easy, sloped canyon leads to a natural bridge that arches over the trail. The geological phenomena—faults, slipfaulting, chutes and dry fall, natural arch formation—are explained at the trailhead exhibits. Death Valley’s fascinating geologic history is featured on the kiosk at the trailhead of the Natural Bridge hike. Bedding and slipfaulting are explained on the board, and understanding the process makes the canyon’s display even more impressive. Likewise, differential erosion is explained and illustrated, preparing you for the bridge. Fault caves, metamorphic layers of the Artist’s Drive Formation, and mud drips are other topics covered in this condensed version of physical geology. The kiosk is worth a lengthy pause before embarking on the hike. The canyon floor consists of loose gravel; that feature plus its sharp slope suggests this is a relatively young canyon.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

An easy, sloped canyon leads to a natural bridge that arches over the trail. The geological phenomena—faults, slipfaulting, chutes and dry fall, natural arch formation—are explained at the trailhead exhibits. Death Valley’s fascinating geologic history is featured on the kiosk at the trailhead of the Natural Bridge hike. Bedding and slipfaulting are explained on the board, and understanding the process makes the canyon’s display even more impressive.

Likewise, differential erosion is explained and illustrated, preparing you for the bridge. Fault caves, metamorphic layers of the Artist’s Drive Formation, and mud drips are other topics covered in this condensed version of physical geology. The kiosk is worth a lengthy pause before embarking on the hike. The canyon floor consists of loose gravel; that feature plus its sharp slope suggests this is a relatively young canyon.

© 2017 Bill and Polly Cunningham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
Season: Best season: October through April
Local Contacts: Furnace Creek Visitor Center; (760) 786-3200; www.nps.gov/deva
Local Maps: NPS Death Valley Visitors Map; Trails Illustrated Death Valley National Park Map; USGS Devils Golf Course-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Natural Bridge

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