Tonto Bench on Fossil Creek

The Tonto Bench site at Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River offers a deep swimming hole and shady creek banks to explore. Two short paths lead out of the parking area. The path to the left leads to shady, shallow pools and interesting water features. The right-hand path leads straight out of the parking area to a deep pool. There are rock benches and walls all around the area, providing plenty of places to relax out of the water.

After nearly a year and a half, the Fossil Creek recreation area has reopened to the public.

The recreation area, one of the state’s most popular getaways has been shut down ever since the summer of 2021, when the Backbone Fire seared the canyon slopes. It reopened Nov. 3.

Contact the editor at abechman@payson.com

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Bruce W Heffner

at least those search and rescue folks will get plenty of practice upon the opening

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