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Tonto Natural Bridge Arizona
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Located between Payson, Arizona, and Pine, Arizona, tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park has been in the making for thousands of years. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world.
Thousands of years ago, volcanic lava, seawater and precipitation combined to form a travertine dam here. Then, around 5000 years ago, water began seeping through the travertine from fractures below. As the water slowly eroded the travertine, Tonto Natural Bridge was formed. 150-foot-wide, the bridge arches 183 feet above sparkling Pine Creek. It is surrounded by pine trees, while flowing springs and fern-draped grottos line the narrow canyon upstream.
Tonto Natural Bridge is a must-see if you are in the Payson area. I would recommend hiking under the bridge to anyone that feels like they are physically able to do it as it is a whole different perspective of the bridge once you are underneath.
July 29th, 2013
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