Moonlight Bridge Canyon

Death Valley, California

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This outing takes you through a winding conglomerate canyon to the loftiest known natural bridge in Death Valley National Park. Vast areas of fresh gravel on the canyon floor indicate the constant dramatic changes in the geology of Death Valley canyons. The foothills of the Grapevine Mountains have many folds that could lead you astray. From the parking area you will be able to see a sharp conglomerate cliff on Moonlight’s southeastern flank. While you can get this visual fix from your vehicle, the preferred pathway to the canyon is not a straight line. Instead, avoid the cobbled ridges and trenches of the alluvial fan and follow the sandy wash at the road’s edge.
Hiking Death Valley National Park

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Hiking Death Valley National Park

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

This outing takes you through a winding conglomerate canyon to the loftiest known natural bridge in Death Valley National Park. Vast areas of fresh gravel on the canyon floor indicate the constant dramatic changes in the geology of Death Valley canyons.

The foothills of the Grapevine Mountains have many folds that could lead you astray. From the parking area you will be able to see a sharp conglomerate cliff on Moonlight’s southeastern flank. While you can get this visual fix from your vehicle, the preferred pathway to the canyon is not a straight line. Instead, avoid the cobbled ridges and trenches of the alluvial fan and follow the sandy wash at the road’s edge.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Death Valley
Distance: 8.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5-6 hours
Season: Best season: Mid-October to late March (full sun for first and last 3 miles of the hike)
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 East of Tin Mountain-CA and Grapevine Peak-CA
Driving Directions: Directions to Moonlight Bridge Canyon

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