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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  • Smaller state park with nice facilities to enjoy short hikes down under the natural bridge and then enjoy a picnic lunch. Saw javelina and deer wandering near the lodge building  more »
  • Gorgeous views, picnic areas, gift shop, small museum. Hike down to bottom for a vigorous adventure or stay on level ground for views and photo taking. There are 3 readily accessible lookout points fr...  more »
  • Nice park complete with picnic tables and port-a-potties. The trail down to the natural bridge is steep but not long. Enjoyed the water cascading over the top of the bridge. I'm sure in wetter years i...  more »
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  • As a roadside attraction that often gets passed up, the bridge is a geological wonder that is both interesting and easy to visit. My favorite part is the north section of the gulch that is like a mini-arboretum. You have to walk north from the main building and trail and head down a separate trail to reach it, however once you do you'll find a verdant world of lush plants and trees. Oasis.
  • 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.
  • Have driven past this place probably 8 times in the last 8 years and never given it much thought. Well we finally went. It was worth the trip. I do agree with some about the price being a bit high. But I would like to note the bathroom in the park was spotless. Not often you see such a clean park. Saw a female mule deer within minutes of entering the park. The view from the top is beautiful. Travertine rocks are very slippery. I hike a lot but I nearly lost my footing while below the natural bridge. They have a few nice ramadas in the park. No one was utilizing them during our visit. The park landscaping is also beautiful. Lots of trees and a cool gift shop. Only spent two hours here. Next time we plan on staying longer. Bring water or a hydration pack. The weather was nice for July but the hike to and from the bridge may be strenuous if you're not used to elevation gain. Don't wear flip flops if you hike down. Also bring an extra pair of socks if you happen to end up getting your feet wet. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on trails. I do not believe you can leave your dog in the car either. You shouldn't do this anyways.
  • 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.
  • Awesome Drive and Great trip. Take plenty of water and GOOD Shoes the rocks are slippery. Very Beautiful

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