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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

off Hwy 87, just 10 miles north of Payson, Payson, AZ 85547
+1 928-476-4202
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Hidden gem. Worth the walk to the bottom and the hike back up. Don’t wear sandals. Slippery when... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Liz N
Phoenix, Arizona
via mobile
A lovely and steep hike to the bridge!

We hiked to the base of the Tonto Natural Bridge, on the Gowan Trail. There were plenty of signs... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cave Creek, AZ
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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is located in central Arizona near Payson. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. There are three hiking trails, a picnic area, and a group use area. Goodfellow Lodge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is a one-of-a-kind rustic hideaway in the middle of some of the most picturesque scenery in Arizona’s Rim Country. Nestled deep within Pine Canyon, this three-story cabin-style lodge was built in the 1920’s and has kept much of its early 20th-century charm. The lodge has 10 furnished bedrooms with private and communal restrooms, as well as a furnished basement suite with a private kitchenette with sink and refrigerator. The first floor features our beautiful wood cabin group dining area with picnic table seating, fireplace, and a large kitchen big enough for your group or catering company. Entertain on the outdoor veranda or the grass event area outside, or sit and spot any of our regular wildlife visitors, like deer and javelina. We invite you to visit Goodfellow Lodge and consider it for your next group visit, wedding, or overnight event.
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off Hwy 87, just 10 miles north of Payson, Payson, AZ 85547
+1 928-476-4202
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Hidden gem. Worth the walk to the bottom and the hike back up. Don’t wear sandals. Slippery when wet.

Thank Liz N
Reviewed 3 days ago

We hiked to the base of the Tonto Natural Bridge, on the Gowan Trail. There were plenty of signs indicating a steep decent. My sister needs 2 new knees, so I wondered if we could do it. We just took our time, stopped a few...More

Thank artqueen
Reviewed 5 days ago

A wonderful experience and a short hiking trail will lead to the natural bridge that is a huge cavern/ cave with two openings on each end - hence forming a rock bridge. Exciting views from the top as well if you are not into hiking...More

Thank Ming Hsiang L
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a larger group and traveled to the Tonto National Bridge in Payson. Be aware they charge you per person in the car to enter. If you drive all the way to the end of the parking lot, there is a handicapped ramp that...More

Thank StevieVnuk
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful place to experience. The havelenas and deer were there to great us. This is such a fabulous place. We are elderly so for our first visit chose the easiest hike...The waterfall one. It was steep but we took our time. We will...More

Thank Chris_201415
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a 183 foot arch - largest natural travertine bridge - the cool thing to do is to walk down one way - walk thru the bridge - ( slipperly so have proper foot wear, then take another trail out - LIKE Anna Mae...More

Thank 3tothebeach
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank DeBunny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 from parking lot. You can hike two advanced trails but I did...More

Thank nJOYing_Lif
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 it would be even more spectacular.

Thank Teresa R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As I was traveling through Payson, I stumbled upon this magnificent creation. After parking the car I wandered into the gift shop. All employees were very friendly and especially the young lady who took the time to make sure I was getting the most from...More

Thank Busygirl4k
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Jenae H
5 February 2017|
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Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Jenea, The temps are in the 60's in March, 70's in April & 80's in May. June-august is generally in the 90's. The altitude is approx. 4,600ft., so we do get snow there this time of year. The most comfortable time to hike the... More
Sarah D
20 November 2016|
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Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Sarah, the forecast is calling for 60 & sunny. We don't generally have snow or ice up in Payson this early, but it has started to cool down at night. You should have a great post-Thanksgiving hike there, enjoy! Arizona State... More
olivia i
14 October 2016|
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Response from jamesfI3676RW | Reviewed this property |
Hello. The cost is $7/adult and $4/under 12. Visitors can hike down underneath the bridge (approx. 1 1/2 miles down). The entry fees pays for parking. Have a great time! Allow for 1 1/2 to 2 hours for visit.