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Week in Arizona

A June 2003 trip to Overgaard by NancyC

Worldmark at Bison Ranch Photo, Overgaard, Arizona More Photos
Quote: The trip to the Bison Ranch, Overgaard, Arizona with my 14-year-old niece was very nice. The facilities were excellent and we found plenty to do. A car with unlimited miles is a necessity.

Worldmark at Bison Ranch

Hotel | "Worldmark @ Bison Ranch"

Worldmark at Bison Ranch Photo, Overgaard, Arizona
Best Things Nearby:Horseback riding, bicyling, hiking, swimming, sightseeing, tennis, etc. Best Things About the Resort:Beautiful setting, which was quiet, high elevation among the pine trees. An outdoor person's paradise. Resort Experience:The Worldmark Bison Ranch is located in northeastern Arizona. I flew into Phoenix from Tulsa, OK and met my 14-year-old niece from Oregon at the airport. It was a very scenic drive from Phoenix to Overgaard. We traveled north from Phoenix and then east via state Highway 260. The various transitions in landscape from palm trees, to cactus to finally pine trees was remarkable. It was quite a drive after a long day of looking...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

Worldmark at Bison Ranch
2269 HIGHWAY 260
Overgaard, Arizona 85933
(928) 535-3010

Montezuma Castle National Monument Photo, Camp Verde, Arizona
According to the brochures, “it is not a castle and Montezuma was never there.” However, it is a five-story cliff dwelling of prehistoric Indians carved out of limestone cliffs. They are so well preserved; you can almost imagine the inhabitants taking their ladders up the walls. The most interesting fact is that there is no recorded reason why those who called this “castle” home left. It was deserted in approximately 1400 AD according to the literature for an unexplained reason. WOW, it was neat.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

Montezuma Castle National Monument
2800 Montezuma Castle Hwy Off Highway Southeast Of Oak Creek
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
(928) 567-3322

This is said to be the world's largest natural travertine bridge (travertine being a type of sedimentary rock). It is truly spectacular. We began the half mile hike (which took an hour in the hot sun) thinking it would be a breeze, but soon realized that the terrain was rough going but taking it slow and steady it is doable--not for those terribly out of shape. The trail was mostly on rocky surfaces and the trail marked with arrows. It is a trail between steep rock cliffs where a creek runs thru with the bridge at one end. The bridge itself stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point and it was truly breathtaking. There are waterfalls along the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2003

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Highway 87
Overgaard, Arizona 85547
(928) 476-4202

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