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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  • We took a drive north on I-17, then east on AZ 260 through Strawberry and Pine to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. Nice drive. The Natural Bridge is an interesting geological formation. There are seve...  more »
  • It's was a beautiful waterfalls. ... We hike with the best scenic views. ...the viewpoints was fantastic. ... We are just novice in hiking bit we very much enjoy it. ... Hiking shoes is beneficial and...  more »
  • Tonto Natural Bridge is a natural arch in Arizona, USA, that is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. They do not allow any pets on the trail , I’m sure if you have a serv...  more »
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  • Beautiful Natural Bridge. Just enough water runs through it (I'm writing this in March 2018) to be pretty. Nice hike, on foot, moderately steep incline up and down with some steps. The rocks at the Natural Bridge are SLICK! Not for the faint of heart. Daring won't get you anything but an injury. Take your time, pay attention to every step you make to be sure your shoes won't slide (you'll be surprised how slick). I saw two people slip on the rocks, one ended up in the water. Please be careful and enjoy the beauty of the Natural Bridge! About a 75 min drive on HWY260 off the I-17 interstate.
  • One of the best day trips from Phoenix! Be careful, it is incredibly slippery in the falls and in the bridge, but the views are amazing. There were lots of young families here and the kids were having a blast. They are much less fearful than us adults! I am excited to come back on a day when it is less busy. Gorgeous!
  • Staff was completely uninterested in conversation. They acted like you should know everything about the park already. If you asked a question they just handed you a brochure. Never had that happen before at a state park. Usually the rangers love to tell you all about their park. The park itself was beautiful.
  • Go a little earlier to cover the trails.. we went at 3pm and they close at 5pm.. not just the entries, exits closed at 5 too.. they start asking people to leave at 4.00-4.30 pm.. amazing place.. hike down to the entrance of the bridge and you can get inside for some light bouldering.. there are caves in the Rock face that are fun to get into.. rocks might get slippery..
  • It's such a wonderful experience. ... It's good for novice hikers like us. ... My son had such a terrific time. ... Love the scenic viewpoint. ... The park entrance is 7 for adult and 4 for kids. ... there a gift shop where lies the visitor center. ... the ranger was great. ... but we didn't got to finish the Junior ranger badge test paper. ... the questions was a bit challenging so we drop it/not to do it and just enjoy the hike. ... We had a awesome time. ...
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