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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Payson

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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park features one of the largest natural bridges in the world--a true geological wonder. The 56 m (183 ft) tall arch is the result of thousands of year of erosion. The park has a picnic area as well as observation points. Take to the hiking trails to explore the area around and under the bridge and to admire the rock formations. One of the trails leads to a small waterfall. The hikes are not too long, but some are steep, and the ground might be wet and slippery. Be sure to bring enough water and wear hiking boots. Work out when and for how long to visit Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and other Payson attractions using our handy Payson trip planner.
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  • This is a neat place for an adventure. The bridge is breath taking and there is another waterfall a short distance from the bridge (still within the park). You can view the bridge from 4 vantage... 
    This is a neat place for an adventure. The bridge is breath taking and there is another waterfall a short distance from the bridge (still within the park). You can view the bridge from 4 vantage...  more »
  • This place is amazing, nice short ride (for Arizona, at least LOL) from Payson. It's is an incredible view when you get down to the bottom of the ravine, well worth the price and trip to see it 
    This place is amazing, nice short ride (for Arizona, at least LOL) from Payson. It's is an incredible view when you get down to the bottom of the ravine, well worth the price and trip to see it  more »
  • The view is worth the hike. It's about an hour up and back with time for picture taking and a couple of quick sits on the 2 benches on the trail. The stairs leading up to the bridge give no... 
    The view is worth the hike. It's about an hour up and back with time for picture taking and a couple of quick sits on the 2 benches on the trail. The stairs leading up to the bridge give no...  more »
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  • This place is beautiful! It's amazing to see what the elements can do. Some things to keep in mind, there are 2 ways to see the bridge below, hike the unpaved trail or take the easy paved route. Rocks are very slippery, I recommend hiking boots. No dogs allowed below. Be respectful, don't climb where it says, 'No Climbing' rangers are out and will issue tickets. Have fun and be safe!
  • Things to know: Some steep hills going in/out and you might not want to bring an RV. It's $7 a person to get in, although it doesn't matter because they give you a parking pass for the entire car. Also, Military discounts! We loved this place. This is the perfect little 1/2 mile hike. Going down is easy enough and inside the cave has a million spots for photos.
  • This place is beautiful! You have to do the Waterfall trail..it is very short and easy. It does have stairs so be aware. We parked near the information center where you buy your pass. We walked to the trailhead of the Natural Bridge and followed it through the rock all the way back to our car. It was breathtaking. Ask the information center the best trails and they will guide you. They are super friendly. ****Rocks inside bridge is very slippery so be very careful!!! I did take a tumble with my daughter.
  • Super cool place! The Natural Bridge was awesome, and so unique. The trails were well maintained, and clearly marked. Some of the large rocks under the bridge were difficult to navigate but not impossible. They have a little gift shop, and bathrooms near the parking lots.
  • Spectacular. Very easy paved path to view bridge from above. But 1 mile hike in the creek bed was awesome but really treacherous. Lots of Boulder hoping and slippery rocks. If you love rocks and bugs then do the creek. We saw a frog, dragon fly and caterpillars and butterflies. Then you get to walk under the bridge. Geologists heaven. Also lovely downhill partially wet staircase to view waterfall flowing out of the rocks.

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