Here comes another Death Valley post! This place is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to visit! Just be sure to plan your trip in the winter season so you can avoid the harsh sun. For those of you just tuning in, my husband and I drove through Death Valley at the beginning of May before heading into Vegas for a work trip. The weather was perfect, but we were still guzzling water just in case. ‘Not that hot’ for Death Valley is still pretty warm.
Death Valley Natural Bridge
After an early morning photoshoot (coming to the blog in a few weeks), it was time to pull my hair back, throw on my Nikes and get to hiking. I really wanted to see The Natural Bridge while we were in Death Valley, so Chris made sure we squeezed that in between our other stops.
At the beginning of the hike, we spotted a few remaining flowers from the Super-bloom, so of course my first instinct was to pick them….then I felt sort of bad about it since there was only a few left! Shhhhh, it wasn’t me. The sign at the beginning of the hike indicated that The Natural Bridge was a mile into the hike, so I assumed we would be pretty tired by the end of it. To my surprise, the steady incline was very easy to manage and we reached the bridge in no time at all.
Nothing makes you feel smaller than walking through huge canyon trails surrounded by walls that are 50 ft. high. I never thought I was much of a hiker, but if the temperature is right (it was warm, but not deathly hot at all for us) and you are in good company with beautiful scenery- what’s not to love?! I may have stumbled onto a new hobby here.
The Bridge actually has a huge crack running underneath it, which admittedly made me pretty nervous to walk under it so many times. Somehow I convinced myself to keep trucking along, with Chris by my side and an irrational trust that I would somehow be able to out-run the falling rocks if I needed to lol. I tried really hard not to think of any scenes from the movie 120 Hours (where a boulder falls on and traps the main character while hiking in Utah). A true story and a great movie, but that’s like thinking of scenes from Jaws while your in the middle of the ocean…just not a good idea for anyone!
There were also a few vertical ‘chutes’ in the canyon walls, which were formed from flood waters pouring over the side walls and into the canyon. They were so tall, we couldn’t even fit the whole thing in one picture! The tomboy side of me really wanted to see how high I could climb it, but the mature adult side of me said no, because well- falling. I’m pretty sure your late twenties are just a bunch of moments feeling torn between being reckless and ‘adulting’.
The sunlight bouncing off the huge rock walls covered the whole area in this really pretty golden yellow color. It was absolutely beautiful and a stark contrast to the windy sand dunes we visited the day before. Next on my list is to visit the world’s largest natural bridge in Utah, Rainbow Bridge. I swear, for every item I cross off my bucket list I seem to add two or three more…..go figure. 🙂
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