Death Valley National Park has a diverse and complex geologic history. Since its formation, the park has experienced at least four major periods of extensive volcanism, three or four periods of major sedimentation, and several intervals of major tectonic deformation where the crust has been reshaped. All of this geological activity has created a park that has more than two dozen places of interest. The park is worth a visit, but it is so large that you will need a minimum of four days to do it justice. On of the places of interest is the Natural Bridge Canyon. It is found on the east side of the park and is one of the few canyons with an official trailhead. Located four miles south of the Artist’s Drive scenic loop, the canyon contains a natural stone bridge, accessible after a fifteen-minute walk from the parking area. However you may not want to go in the summer. Death Valley is the hottest and driest place in North America because of its lack of surface water and its low elevation. Daily summer temperatures of 120°F or greater are common. December is the coldest month with an average high of 65°F and an average low of 39°F, which is when we visited.
Posted by: danielfee | August 20, 2013