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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. Put Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and other Payson attractions into our Payson vacation trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Great trip with family. Check oyt the different trails and view points. Waterfall trail was the best trail to take. They have great ramadas to use, but could not use grills to current fire restriction...  more »
  • Best to go early in the morning and not on the weekends when the place is packed. Be sure to take the eastern trail by the entrance (as long as you are an experienced hiker) as it wraps around the par...  more »
  • We were here years ago, but I didn't really remember the park so we stopped again on our way to somewhere else. We did the waterfall trail, which was a nice, cool interlude on a hot day. It's a fairly...  more »
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  • This is one of the most beautiful places I have visited! The full trail is for really good hikers only! If you are doing the full thing bring good shoes and stay next to the wall in the bridge so you don't almost slide off the cliff! For those not interested in bouldering, part of the trail is an actual trail that can get you to one side of the bridge that is very worth seeing still.
  • Really cool cave especially when the water is flowing a bit. The hike is steep so make sure you have good shoes. The rocks are slick too when they get wet so make sure you are careful in the cave. Make sure to check out the dripping springs too.
  • The park is beautiful and great for the whole family. However, if you're a minority, be prepared to deal with some park ranger power trips. Don't let them try to deter you from entering. Upon arrival we read the sign for the admission fares we let the ranger know how many adults and he immediately stated that many of the trails weren't open for hiking. Anything leading down to the bottom was closed because of high water. He said that if we are there for the views that there were plenty of them. Then asked if we still wanted to come into the park. My husband told him that it was fine because we were going to picnic anyway. The man said that he wanted us to know that we wouldn't be able to do any hiking then asked how many and my husband told him two adults, the rest are under the age limit. The man said he still needed to know. So my husband told him their ages. We paid and went on our way. When we got to our table an older man visiting the park came up to us and asked us my husband for help with the map they were given and about the trails. He informed him about the trails around and how to get there and about the trail to the bottom being closed. After eating we went to the viewpoints. While walking we came upon three other couples/companions. They each asked if we knew how to get down to the bottom. We told them where the trail was but also told them that the ranger told us that it was closed. We were ready to write the experience off with the ranger as a fluke, giving him the benefit of the doubt. However, EVERY group we came in contact with didn't get the same information we did. And every one of them were white. As a representative of the government, the rangers must be unbiased and give all visitors the same information in order to assure their safety and a enjoyable experience. We will return, like always, we won't let a bigot ruin our family outings and our good time. If anybody from the park wants to contact us regarding this experience, it took place on March 12th, 2017 at 3:02pm. I tried finding a comment box or somebody to speak to when leaving but was unable to. Perhaps the comment box was in the gift shop that was closed. In any case, please feel free to contact me.
  • GORGEOUS place to visit. Had one of the best times I've ever had. A MUST SEE
  • This place is gorgeous and great to escape the heat. Seems to get pretty packed but it's encouraging to see everyone trying, even children can finish this short hike.