We decided to try the Natural Bridge, just north of Payson. Seven years ago, when we first were married, Joe and I took a 3 week vacation, traveling around the southwest. We had tried to visit Natural Bridge, but they were closed that day and we had just never gotten back there. We read in the paper that the park will be closing after Labor Day due to the budget crisis. So, we had to go this weekend. So glad we did.
For those who have never been, Natural Bridge was formed by a spring flowing throw limestone. The "cave" is 150 feet wide (half a football field), 400 feet long (longer than a football field), and 200 feet high. There are trails all over the park, leading down to the cave and through the cave. There is also a Waterfall trail that leads to, yep, you guessed it, a waterfall.
At the bottom of the trail, you can see into a cave that the water has carved over hundreds of years. You can't see it very well in the picture, but it must have been 30 feet deep. And the trail was covered with wild blackberries.
Here is a pic of the Natural Bridge. I don't think I captured the beauty of it all, but you get the picture (ha ha).
On the way home, we stopped at the Paleo Site. We had read at the Mogollon Rim Visitor Center that the Paleo Site (near Kohl's Ranch) is rich with fossils. We decided to try it.
All in all, great weekend for not a lot of money. I love living in the White Mountains. So much to do.