Natural Bridge Trail

Death Valley National Park
Located 35.0 miles from Shoshone, California (CA)
4 Stars
995 Steps 1  (0.5 mi)

The Natural Bridge Trail is an easy uphill trail through a narrow canyon. At the entrance to the trailhead is a sign with information relating to the geology of the area. The trail ends at the dry waterfall, where you make your return journey via the same route.

Natural Bridge TrailNatural Bridge Trailhead, Death ValleyNatural Bridge Trail Wash, Death Valley National Park


The Natural Bridge Trail has a maximum elevation of 647 ft (197 m), a minimum elevation of 397 ft (121 m), and an elevation range of 250 ft (76 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
9950.5 mi397 ft647 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
14 min20.8249 ft0 ft
[ B to A ]
10 min0.00 ft249 ft

What is the length of the Natural Bridge Trail?

The length of the trail is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) or 995 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Natural Bridge Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 14 min in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 10 min in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Natural Bridge Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Death Valley National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: West of Furnace Creek, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Furnace Creek, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Echo Canyon, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Devils Speedway, CA
  5. Topo Map: Devils Golf Course, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Ryan, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Hanaupah Canyon, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Badwater, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Dantes View, CA

Is there a Natural Bridge trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Natural Bridge Trail is located on the Devils Golf Course topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.