Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Payson
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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We had a great time at this park. There are choices of what to do. You can walk along the paved path on the parking lot and look down at the bridge from view points, or you can choose one of the many ... read more »
A great place to stop, picnic, hike and see an incredible Natural phenomenon. Especially loved the grates in the ground at the top of the bridge that showed a hole and view down 200 feet to the bottom... read more »
Many trails to hike, and lots of picnic areas along with beautiful vistas, we hiked down to the natural bridge......Wow!
Very enjoyable and a must-visit for that part of Arizona. Likely the largest travertine bridge in the word, the park is a great place to visit and to hike. You can see the bridge from above at any of four view points or take the hike down and go through the underside for a real sense of the enormity! Be early, the park fills up fast and is very popular family spot during the summer months. Fantastic park!
One of the best sight-seeing places in Arizona. The natural bridge itself is fascinating, too bad you are not allowed to go under it. Nevertheless, the hike down from the top of the bridge to the bottom is pretty short and can be rather easily done with little kids. Stunning views all along.
Must admit, bridge was a little underwhelming once I got to the bottom. Still nice however. The State Park was nice and clean and well presented. Beautiful countryside in the surrounds. Definitely worth a look.
A phenomenal hike and amazing scenery! The trails under the natural bridge are not for the faint of heart, but my 6 years old did it! Worth the drive for sure.
We liked that it was not crowded when we ventured here. We hiked available trails within the park. We found a waterfall grotto (I believe that is what they named it). We eventually made it to the bridge. Water was still trickling down. A native American was playing the flute under the bridge. The acoustics was awesome. Trails were not wheelchair or crutches friendly... unless they've changed it recently.
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