Due to financial difficulties the state of Arizona had to close some of its state parks. This sounds like a joke, but it is not. Luckily, our state government was able to move monies around and re-open the closed parks. I wanted to support the state parks so we visited Tonto Natural Bridge (which is about 10 miles north of Payson) and Homolovi Ruins (which is about 7 miles north of Winslow).
In addition, I was curious to see what the forest looked like after this summer's major fire. It was sad to see so much of Mother Nature burned.
The trip included visits to some of my favorite Arizona places: Winslow, Navajo Nation, Little Painted Desert, Holbrook and the Salt River Canyon.
Leave Tempe north-east via AZ Hwy-87 and drive the four lane highway to Payson, Arizona.
Ten miles north of Payson is the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.
Continue north on AZ Hwy-87 through the rim country (which includes the towns of Pine and Strawberry) and stop for another good time in Winslow Arizona.
Leave Winslow on AZ Hwy-87 and enter into the open spaces of the Navajo Nation.
About 10 miles north of Winslow is the Homolovi Ruins State Park.
About 13 miles farther north on AZ Hwy-87 in the Navajo Nation is the Little Painted Desert.
Return to I-40 and head east to Holbrook, Arizona and enjoy its murals and spend the night at the Wigwam Village Motel.
Leave Holbrook and take AZ Hwy-377 south-west to Heber and visit the area of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire.
Take AZ Hwy-260 from Heber to Show Low and then head south-west on US-60 through the Salt River Canyon.
Continue west on US-60 to Globe and return to Tempe. A quick drive through Superior resulted in one more mural picture.
External HyperlinksTonto Natural Bridge State Park
Winslow Chamber of Commerce
Hololovi Ruins State Park
Holbrook AZ [azjournal.com]
Wigwam Village Motel
Created: 13 Aug 2002