Connecting Arizona

By local contributor
Katarina Kovacevic

Some of Arizona’s most interesting destinations are linked by bridges that are as architecturally stunning as they are practical. So hit the road and explore the Grand Canyon State’s fascinating byways. You won’t regret it!

Soleri Bridge

Start your tour right here in downtown Scottsdale at the Soleri Bridge & Plaza, which was designed to track solar movement and solstice milestones by Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri.

Mill Avenue Bridge

Just south of Scottsdale in Tempe is the Mill Avenue Bridge that connects both sides of Tempe Town Lake, a once-dry riverbed that’s been transformed into an urban waterway popular for sports like standup paddle boarding.

Apache Trail Bridge

Arizona’s Apache Trail is an old stagecoach path that ran through the Superstition Mountains and is still an area of folklore as well as the passageway to Roosevelt Lake and Tonto National Forest.

London Bridge

Lake Havasu’s iconic structure came to Arizona from London by way of the Panama Canal in 1971 after the city’s founder placed a winning bid on the London Bridge that once spanned the famous Thames River.

Navajo Bridge

One of only two roadways crossing the Colorado River and Grand Canyon, Navajo Bridge takes you into an otherwise inaccessible area of Northern Arizona that includes the Grand Canyon’s popular North Rim.

Mother Nature’s also known for building beautiful bridges in Arizona. Here are three natural wonders you won’t want to miss.

  • Tonto Natural Bridge north of Payson is believed to be the world’s largest travertine bridge.
  • Centuries of floodwater washed out the area underneath Agate Bridge in Arizona’s Petrified Forest, turning it into an ecological archway.
  • Devil’s Bridge in Sedona is a great trail for a day hike, offering stunning views of the surrounding red rocks.