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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is located about 10 miles north of Payson, Arizona, and down a steep and windy road. If you are driving along 87N you would never know Tonton Natural Bridge, the world's largest natural travertine bridge, is there because it is tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees.
The discovery of the small and beautiful valley between Pine and Payson was documented in 1877 by David Gowan, a prospector who stumbled across the bridge as he was chased by Apaches. Gowan hid for two nights and three days in one of several caves that dot the inside of the bridge. On the third day, he left the cave to explore the tunnel and green valley surrounding it. Tonto Natural Bridge itself is a beautiful and wondrous natural phenomenon, but the whole State Park is also very beautiful: Lush native plant life; javelinas roaming around; a small but flowing waterfall leading to a creek at the bottom of the canyon; streams, waterfalls and majestic natural rock formations like caves and tunnels.
Incredible scenery, incredible Natural Bridge and waterfall, beautiful country ... THAT's Arizona!
August 2nd, 2013
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