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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