|Tonto Natural Bridge State Park||Difficulty Rating: D (for delightful!)|
Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by pine trees, this amazing feat of nature was stumbled upon accidentally in the late 1800s. At 183 feet tall over a 400 ft long tunnel, it is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world!
Come spend the day in cooler weather (about 10-15 degrees cooler than Phoenix) exploring this treasure located only 90 minutes from the valley! There is truly something for everyone on this adventure: there are several observation viewpoints that are very accessible for all abilities, and there are 4 trails that are short (0.5 mi is the longest), that offer a different/closer view of the bridge from below. There is also a visitor center/gift shop to explore and cool off as needed. Depending on people's abilities/interest, we will do some of each, split into subgroups and then rejoin at a specific time/location, etc... There is plenty of water and rest rooms/porta johns available near the visitor center and along the path by the observation spots.
The park is open until 5pm. Afterwards, we can grab something to eat in Payson before heading back to the valley. Bring a hat, sunglasses, snacks and/or lunch, water/hydration pack, hiking shoes/clothes (optional change of clothes/sandals), money for meals/gifts/gas for drivers, and of course your camera! :)For meeting place and time, contact Neil Bass (using this form).
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