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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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Good for a day trip

All state parks charge a fee, it is good to be a senior. All ages will enjoy visiting especially... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Phoenix, Arizona
Two Days in Payson

Be prepared to downshift entering the mountain and getting down to the bottom. Costs us $7 each... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Michael M
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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 3 days ago

All state parks charge a fee, it is good to be a senior. All ages will enjoy visiting especially when it is hot in Phoenix.

Thank BigdogAZ2014
Reviewed 6 days ago

Be prepared to downshift entering the mountain and getting down to the bottom. Costs us $7 each. Walked to view point 3 and 4. Too much walking for view point 1 and 2. Natural bridge was ok, but too much money.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great trip with family. Check oyt the different trails and view points. Waterfall trail was the best trail to take. They have great ramadas to use, but could not use grills to current fire restrictions. Got a 50% off entrance fee for military n AZ...More

Thank Top552
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best to go early in the morning and not on the weekends when the place is packed. Be sure to take the eastern trail by the entrance (as long as you are an experienced hiker) as it wraps around the park and you come out...More

Thank brendb1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here years ago, but I didn't really remember the park so we stopped again on our way to somewhere else. We did the waterfall trail, which was a nice, cool interlude on a hot day. It's a fairly steep climb down and back,...More

1  Thank ALT44
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is a bit of a steep hike in and out but it's only about .3 of a mile. Not a good hike for people with balance issues. The rocks in the actual natural bridge are very slippery from the moisture. Such a neat display...More

Thank Joel D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a bit difficult to get here, as it is off the beaten path, but definitely worth the trip. Some of the hikes are a bit difficult, but you can go to one of the over views without a lot of effort. I did...More

Thank travelwriter52
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a destination, I don't think the Natural Bridge is worth the effort, but as a side trip or as something to do while in the area, it's worthwhile. The "bridge" could also be described as a shallow cave open on both ends. The "cave"...More

Thank Bruce H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was not a planned trip but I am so glad we went. What a great experience! What a beautiful place. Pictures won't due it justice, although I will post a few anyway. It was amazing, beautiful, challenging and fun. Wear good shoes and plan...More

Thank Patti P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A gorgeous place. Excellent for picnics and a beautiful bridge. Amazing how beautiful this country is. Well taken care of and good for everyone.

Thank Wendy M
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Jenae H
When is the best time to visit? When is it warm?
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
Thinking of doing this the weekend after Thanksgiving. Don't know what the weather conditions are like that time of year, though. Any issues with this idea? Is there ice or snow on the ground?
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
Family of six will be exploring for the first time ever tomorrow, hopefully, how much for to go on site, hike, and parking?
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.