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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  • The scenery of the hike is magnificent, and the bridge itself is quite fun to be on. it can get a little slippery when it's icy but its worth the thrill!  more »
  • We were here in February and most of the trails that would give you a vista from below were closed. The paved pathways on the top were wonderful and we did get some good photos against the backdrop.....  more »
  • The bridge trails were closed due to ice, but what we could see was breathtaking. Lots of trails to try.  more »
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  • Beautiful park. Three different trails of various difficulties. There's a bridge at the bottom that connects the two main trails allowing hikers to loop around. That bridge is temporarily closed. The gift shop and visitor office is nice. Helpful staff. Outhouse style toilets only. Relatively clean for this type of setup.
  • Amazing, beautiful place. I came here with my family a lot as a child and as an adult I love introducing Arizona transplants to this wonderful work of nature. The trails can be hazardous so make sure you're in tip top shape! It's a wonderful day trip from Phoenix and absolutely worth the gas. (My husband says the outhouses are luxuriously spacious!)
  • Short, sweet, and stunning. The park is smaller than you imagine it to be, I promise you, so be sure to come early to get parking and avoid crowded walkways. There are a handful of trails here that can be hiked by most humans regardless of age or ability. It won’t take more than half a day to experience the entire park thoroughly. Beneath the bridge it can be slick, so be careful and watch your footing. But what an incredible natural formation! There’s nothing like it anywhere else on the planet. Take your family here, your loved ones, your friends. The drive here is beautiful, and the destination won’t disappoint.
  • Such an amazing park. Short and sweet hike, perfect getaway from valley. Need to wear good hiking shoes, rocks are very slippery. The moment you get to the bottom of the bridge; the experience itself and the view, trickling water from top of the bridge makes you forget everything and get lost in nature. Strongly recommend to visit.
  • Gowan Trail is a little steep to navigate, but should be no problem for those who hike. Anna Mae is a great deal more challenging, but very rewarding. The bridge is a beautiful sight to behold & its natural shape allows visitors to cool off below its high arch, often spraying those below with the cool water from the waterfall. The park has picnic tables & charcoal grills, & bathrooms are close by. A perfect day trip from the Phoenix metro area, especially in the summer when it's easily 10 degrees cooler in Pine.

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