|Tonto Creek Recreation Area|
<img src="http://wildlifeviewingareas.com/images/USFS_logo_100.jpg" align="right" width="100" height="113">This is a very popular summer recreation area, located just under the Mogollon Rim. Canyon habitat consists of cottonwood, willow, Arizona walnut, sycamore, and Rocky Mountain maple. In 1990...
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
|Description: Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. Two waterfalls cascading from the top of the arch create an unusually moist habitat for wildlife. The visitor center is located in the old lodge which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and park rangers offers interpretive talks and guided tours.|
Wildlife to Watch: Birds can include American dipper, canyon wren, Bell’s vireo, downy woodpecker, ash-throated flycatcher, band-tailed pigeon, acorn woodpecker, bridled titmouse, bushtit, spotted and canyon towhees, phainopepla, and black-headed grosbeak. The canyon is also home to rock squirrel, raccoon, and the nocturnal ringtail. White-tailed and mule deer live in the surrounding area, along with javelina and elk. Observant visitors may spot a canyon treefrog or terrestrial gartersnake hidden among the streamside rocks. Elevation is at 4,530 feet.
Other Activities: Three trails lead to viewpoints and through the canyon below to the natural bridge. All are steep and difficult; the Pine Creek Trail is ½ mile long, steep and undeveloped. The Waterfall Trail is 300 feet long, developed but with uneven steps; and the Gowan Loop Trail is ½ mile long, steep and rough. Wear hiking shoes and carry water.
Ownership: Arizona State Parks
Closest Town: Payson
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