Natural Bridge Falls

Bozeman, Montana 59717

Natural Bridge Falls

Natural Bridge Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Natural Bridge Falls is a mandatory stop if you’re recreating in the Boulder River area south of Big Timber. There are two separate trails to access the falls and both are short and worthwhile. More experienced hikers can reach a better view of Natural Bridge Falls along the East Rim Trail.

Hikers of all ability levels can travel the wheelchair-accessible path that takes you along the west side of the river to several overlooks. The terrain of the river valley consists of open scrub forest with grassy clearings full of wildflowers. The area is great for watching a variety of neo-tropical, migratory birds such as the mountain bluebird, violet-green swallow, and chipping sparrow."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"Natural Bridge State Monument is located in the Main Boulder River Valley 25 miles south of the town of Big Timber. The area is named for a limestone arch that once spanned the Boulder River. The 25-foot natural arch collapsed in July 1 988. Natural Bridge Falls, a 1 05-foot cataract on the river, surges through the Madison limestone chasm. The waterfall changes throughout the seasons. In the early spring, the surging cataract drops more than 1 00 feet over the limestone precipice in the river-carved gorge. In late spring, two smaller waterfalls are visible under the main falls. During the summer, the water disappears into a riverbed hole and tumbles out of the lower caverns at the base of the waterfall, revealing the bedrock."

Natural Bridge Falls Trip Reports

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Extremely easy 5-10 minute hike. Usually the water is not high enough to crest over the top. We happened to catch it on the right day. Absolutely stunning!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
30-60 minutes
Camping, Birding
Additional Use
Custer Gallatin National Forest, PO Box 130, 10 East Babcock Ave., Bozeman, MT 59771; (406) 587-6701;
Local Contacts
DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 85, B8; USGS Quad McLeod Basin
Local Maps