Arizona's Tonto Natural Bridge is worth the drive

Located 10 miles outside of Payson, Arizona, the Tonto Natural Bridge is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world.

And while walking over a natural bridge may sound cool, it's really the adventure through the tunnel underneath that is worth the drive.

The bridge is immense, standing 183 feet high with a 400-foot tunnel running underneath it.

A couple weeks ago, I made the drive out of the Valley to explore this Arizona landmark. 

The tunnel and falling water provided a welcome reprieve for this former Seattle resident turned desert dweller. 

Visitors should come prepared for a little hiking and some slippery rocks. Water falls from the bridge down to the tunnel below, which also holds a series of pools, so it can be slick in places.

The state park that houses the bridge has a number of trails and viewpoints for people to explore. Those not up for scrambling through the tunnel can take an easy walk to see the bridge from above, or take a trail to a platform view of the bridge.

The Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week, and there is a entry fee. Visitors should leave their four-legged friends at home -- pets are not allowed.

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