Burro Creek Bridge spans farther than most in the Southwest


Stretching across the remote Burro Creek gorge along U.S. Highway 93 about 15 miles (24 kms) south of Wikieup, AZ are two of the southwestern United States’ longest arch spans.

Long bridge connecting two sides of a gorge
Burro Creek Bridge near Wikieup, AZ

The original silver colored two-lane truss arch was built in 1966 by the American Bridge Company and spans 680 feet (207 m) between hinges. In 2005, a second span of 700 feet (213 m) was built parallel to the original Burro Creek bridge. The newer rust-weathered arch now carries two lanes of northbound traffic, while the 1966 span handles southbound traffic.

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Burro Creek Bridge facts:

  • Located on U.S. Hwy 93 about 15 miles (24 km) south of Wikieup, AZ
  • Height: 388 feet (118 meters)
  • Span: 680 feet (207 meters)

 

A campground and wilderness area is located just downstream of the crossing where you can hike along the south side of the creek and view the bridges from below. The site is a favorite of Phoenix-area BASE jumpers.

Source: highestbridges.com

Photos above taken from this location:

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