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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  • October 3, 2017
    Interesting... unless you want to hike... it's not worth the drive and $7 each to get in. They discount for small children, but apparently not seniors or military. Well kept up. No visitor center... j...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    My boyfriend and I decided to do a day trip to Tonto Natural Bridge. We haven't been up there in years. It is $7 a person to get into the park. When you get there they advise to have good hiking shoes...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    This is the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. Almost like a tunnel open on both ends Nice Visitors center and very pretty setting. Sure worth the time to take a few hours and explore and...  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    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.
  • May 3, 2017
    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.
  • July 10, 2017
    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.
  • May 9, 2017
    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.
  • July 3, 2017
    Awesome Drive and Great trip. Take plenty of water and GOOD Shoes the rocks are slippery. Very Beautiful

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