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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Payson
(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I was surprised to see a fee as I used to go there when it was free. But it's still worth the money once you get down there and remember it the next day. 
  • This is a nice state park staffed by really nice folks. The facilities were clean and well maintained. The trails have lots of steps and require good trail shoes. It was fun to see the rock bridge fro...  more »
  • We visited the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and were delighted not just by the views of the travertine bridge but by the diversity of the flora and fauna. The bridge is in a beautiful setting and t...  more »
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  • Unbelievable natural formation. Take the hike to the bottom to get the full effect of how large this natural bridge really is. A good pair of sneakers/hiking boots will help with the trip down. It is a steep walk down so be prepared. Not a great idea if you have leg/knee issues. Make sure to bring the camera
  • This is a fantastic place to hike. Don't be fooled, this path will give you a good workout. Bring water and maybe a small snack. I see many people bringing small children and I do not understand their way of thinking. It is a strenuous hike and I think it is more appropriate for older kids and adults. Great views though, it truly feels a bit magical when you are under the bridge.
  • Beautiful place! My daughter took me here for my birthday and it was so special. Great gem, I didn't even knew was there next to Payson, AZ. Can get packed during the summer, so go early! Have good shoes and water, some of the hiking is steep, most people can make it. They do have a few benches on the trail for resting.
  • If you don't stop here you need your head examined. We didn't make it all the way thru., we are old. Go in from downstream side. Made it to the steepest part. Well worth 7 bucks. Rangers and staff extremely friendly.
  • The largest natural travertine bridge in the world (believed to be). Went for a day trip with the family and was not disappointed! It is beautiful and a nice getaway from the heat of Phoenix. Even if you don't hike to the bottom of the waterfall (which , when I was there was just a trickle) the surrounding scenery is beautiful. There are several trails to enjoy besides the waterfall trail, which is the most difficult. Lots of wildlife to see too, before entering we saw wild javelina roaming the roads so be careful when driving. 4 stars because the price seems a bit high to me. The office gives you the history of how the park came to be, and when we went were friendly.