The colors are everything you can hope for..
I'll be your sun coming up
I'll be your dog days
I'll be your new morning..
I'll be the bluebird singing..
And when the stars are bright like fireflies
And the night is black as coal..
I'm gonna make you mine..
On another side of time
Before the sea runs dry
On another side of time
Where the love runs high..
"Payson Arizona is located at the "heart" of Arizona and a pleasant 90-minute drive from the Phoenix metropolitan area, is renowned for its beauty, recreational opportunities and, more recently, its dynamic business environment.
At an elevation of 5,000 feet, the area enjoys a mild four-season climate that attracts international visitors year around. Rich in its Western heritage, Payson, with an average trade area population of some 24,500 - offers the atmosphere of rural America, with the amenities of a metropolis.
Nestled in the gently rolling hills of the majestic Mogollon Rima 7,000-foot, 200 mile long escarpmentPayson is minutes away from the seven Rim Lakes and countless trout streams. Popular outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. One of only three pure air ozone belts in the world, Payson sits on the edge of the world's largest stand of ponderosa pine.
Local attractions include the Tonto National Bridge, Shoo-Fly Indian Archaeological Site, Payson Exotic Zoo, Tonto Fish Hatchery, a llama ranch, a town-wide Christmas tree lighting cer-emony, and the new 45-acre Green Valley Park featuring three fishing lakes and space for many recreational activities. Payson also boasts the Recreational Fly-In Campground located at Payson Airport. Arizona's Rodeo Capital, Payson hosts the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo in August and the Spring Pro Rodeo in May. Other festivals occur throughout the year, including the Art and Craft shows, the June Bug Blues Festival, and the State Championship Fiddlers Contest in September."
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FYI: Tonto Natural Bridge State Park:
is the WORLD'S LARGEST NATURAL TRAVENTINE BRIDGE! It is 183 feet high, with a 400 foot long tunnel. Provides hiking trails, and ADA view points! for information call: (928) 476-4202
Part of the forces that formed Tonto Natural Bridge over the years was Pine Creek. Part of the Gowan Trail follows the course of Pine Creek. If you follow the creek a distance from the bridge you come to an area where swimming is allowed (I did not go that far). Please note, however, that there are no lifeguards.
Tonto Natural Bridge is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. The bridge is very impressive to look at, with a waterfall and moss covered rocks below. Pine Creek meanders through the cave.
Tonto Natural Bridge is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. The trail down to the bridge, and even more so back up is fairly steep and not recommended for people with medical problems. Your first stop here should be the Visitor's Center where you can get an informative brochure and buy souvenirs. Entrance fee is $3 for adults 14 and up. Facilities include 4 hiking trails including the Gowan Trail which leads down to the natural bridge; picnic facilities, viewpoints on the upper level of the cliff, and some exhibits in the Visitor's Center.
If you cannot go on the Gowan Trail to the bridge itself, there are 4 viewpoints available on the top of the cliff. I liked the view from Viewpoint 1 the best. These are much easier to access.