The main attraction along this easy 2.3-mile roundtrip hike through the Amargosa Mountain foothills is a 50-foot-tall bridge that has been naturally created by the erosion in the canyon walls.
Because of its close proximity to Furnace Creek, this trail is one of the more popular hikes in the park.
Hiking in 108 degree weather is stupid but I had to see it.
It’s only a short 15-minute hike from the parking lot to the bridge.
The vertical clearance under the bridge is about 45 to 50 feet near the center of the canyon. The rock in this area is sedimentary and not part of the metamorphic formation that forms the Black Mountains.
It has the distinction of being the largest (by volume) natural bridge in the park.
Continue under the bridge, and the canyon will bend past a dry falls that pours into the canyon.
To get to the trailhead: From Furnace Creek, drive 13 miles south on Badwater Road and turn east (left) on to a dirt road toward Natural Bridge Canyon. It is 1.5 miles from Badwater Road to the trailhead.
Trailhead address: Natural Bridge Road, Death Valley National Park, CA 92328
Trailhead coordinates: 36.281005, -116.769982 (36° 16′ 51.61″N 116° 46′ 11.93″W)