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Arizona's Beautiful Bridges
Aside from its amazing sunsets, sprawling desert landscapes and year-round sunshine, Arizona also boasts some beautiful bridges. So put the top down on that rental car and get ready to experience some of the best:
- London Bridge. This is not just the most famous bridge in Arizona, it’s also the world’s largest antique. Located in the spring-break capital of Lake Havasu, this bridge was moved here brick by brick from its former home on the Thames River after the Brits decided to put it up for sale. For a great photo op, keep an eye open for AZ 95, right after turning onto McCulloch Boulevard. Before you arrive at the London Bridge, you’ll see a small parking lot near the London Bridge Resort. From here you can walk to the lower edge of the bridge for some breathtaking photos.
- Mogollon Rim Viaduct. You’ll find this amazing bridge on SR 260, near the top of the Mogollon Rim between Payson and Show Low. It’s not only beautiful; it’s somewhat of a construction feat. This bridge is located on such a unique site, it required the latest technology and state-of-the-art computer programs to design and build it.
- Salt River Canyon Bridge. Brilliant red and adorned in Indian art forms, this bridge’s design is a modern take on the traditional arch form bridge. The vibrant color was intended to complement those in the rich canyon walls. Two Apache Indian Tribes that live on either end of the bridge designed the nearby rest area structures.
- Oak Creek Canyon Bridge. This bridge was designed to look like an old Luten Arch bridge. (Luten Bridge Company built many beautiful bridges in the early 1900s, many of which are now registered historical sites.) The Oak Creek Canyon Bridge was constructed to avoid closing the very scenic and beautiful highways in Arizona. You’ll find it as you make your way along SR 89A between Flagstaff down Oak Creek Canyon (past the famous Slide Rock) and into Sedona.
- Cedar Canyon Bridge. Reusing an arch from the old Corduroy Creek Bridge, this bridge, and the arch on it, were originally built in the 1930s. Both bridges are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for their unique structure.
- Roosevelt Lake Bridge. Constructed in 1990, you’ll cross this majestic bridge as you take SR188 over Roosevelt Lake in Gila County.
- Historic Navajo Bridge. Spanning Marble Canyon, this beautiful silver arch bridge is a pedestrian crossing that sits about 470 feet above the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park, 125 miles north of Flagstaff. Its unique arch design has earned it the title of one of most historically significant bridges in the state. Just downstream from this bridge you’ll find New Navajo Bridge. It’s over 900 feet long and offers two lanes of traffic over the Colorado River.