Natural Bridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 86' 26 m
Descent: -22' -7 m
High: 7,851' 2,393 m
Low: 7,787' 2,374 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“A great stroll for nearby campers to a wonderful 30-foot natural stone bridge.”— Tom Carter
Family Friendly Although not as exciting as other trails, this is one of the easiest trails in the park. And Natural Bridge is yet another curious wonder of Yellowstone.
The trail begins at a turnout on the Lake to West Thumb Road, just south of the highway bridge over Bridge Bay (you can see the marina from this bridge). It ends at the foot of a 30-foot natural stone bridge.
The trail is flat and makes for an easy outing. At the 1/2-mile mark a spur trail leading from Bridge Bay Campground joins from the right. At the 1.1-mile mark a road turnaround is reached. The trail continues to the right a few more yards and ends with a great view of Natural Bridge.
The bridge, made of volcanic rhyolite rock, is 30 feet across and rises 10 feet above the creek. Many people confuse arches with natural bridges. Both are natural occurrences in nature, but to be a considered a natural “bridge” there must be a watercourse that flows through it.
Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.
Local Club: Yellowstone Association
May 31, 2019: Yellowstone Hiking 101
Land Manager: National Park Service - Yellowstone National Park