Where is Tonto Natural Bridge?
About halfway between Roosevelt Lake in the south and the Cottonwood/Sedona Area in the north, there is a small park, at least rarely visited by foreign tourists: Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.
This is a pity, because it is a pretty sight, which is definitely worth a detour. At locals, the Park is a very popular picnic or hiking Location, especially on weekends. Then the large parking lots are packed.
Of course, everything here revolves around the natural rock bridge.
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Its discoverer, the Scottish prospector David Gowan, probably had no eye for the beauty of the Tonto Natural Bridge when he was on the run from the Apaches in 1877 and hid in one of the many caves under the bridge for three days. Only when the danger was over did he take a closer look at the small valley in which the bridge lies. Fascinated by the beauty of the small, green valley lined with pine forests, he persuaded his family to move there from Scotland.
The Tonto Natural Bridge has a span of 45 m. a relatively steep trail, named after David Gowan, leads down to the canyon floor. You can also walk under the bridge and take pictures from the back. Like a thin veil, the water comes down and splashes into Pine Creek (see picture above).
Address: Highway 87, Pine, AZ 85544
Elevation: 4,530 ft (1,380 m)
Phone: (928) 476-4202
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