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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

off Hwy 87, just 10 miles north of Payson, Payson, AZ 85547
928 476-4202
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Ranked #1 of 11 attractions in Payson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
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Coolidge, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Let me preface this by saying I am a 50-year old guy probably 50 lbs overweight....The natural bridge (Gowan trail) is awesome and worth the 2200 ft hike 200 ft. down. The waterfall and cavern is unlike anything I've seen. The cavern has wet travertine, so it's kind of treacherous. The waterfall trail is also nice but again 350 ft.trail... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I liked this park a lot, and will return. If you have health problems, the trails would be too much. I had to rest a few times on the way up from the bottom. You don't have to go on the trails, but would not be near as interesting if you were limited to the upper observation pads. Gift shop... More

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Casa Grande, Arizona, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

You can cross over the top and view the bridge from either side. If you're young and adventurous, take the trail down 200 vertical feet to the water. I could have spent hours watching the swallows dart in and out of the nests on the underside of the bridge.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Enjoyed the short hike to the bridge. Was much cooler down there. The hike was about 1/2 mile and lots of steps (~200). It was enough to get my heart rate up. Probably should have had a hiking stick for the way down as it can be a little steep. The hike to the waterfall was short, and not much... More

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Strawberry, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Great place to visit! The grounds and the markings are everything a person could want when visitng a new place. To me it said come on in and have a good time! Well done!!!!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

There are several different trails...take as many as you have time for. The short trail to the waterfall is cool and refreshing.Then, the Pine Creek trail, closest to the visitor center, is a scramble but totally worth it when you start coming to bigger rock formations and finally the bridge. My teenagers enjoyed the scramble over the slippery travertine through... More

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Peoria, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

We drove up for the day with our 3yr old, and had such a great time. Our son did very well on the hike. Must do!

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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is the most beautiful, breathtaking site to see so close to the Scottsdale/Phx area. Stay in Payson for the night for small town atmosphere, or just drive up and make it a day trip -- I've done both and they're both enjoyable. It's a bit of hiking and climbing through rocks so you need to be relatively fit, but... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Good for all different levels of hiking-- - stay at the top and enjoy the look out points - take one of the trails down and the same back up to see the view from the bottom and get a bit of exercise - hike the full loop down, through the cave and back out the other side for a... More

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Mesa
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10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I went with my young children. The hike down is a bit rugged and once inside the cave its slippery. I would think there would be a lot more falls than there are. However, just be a good dad and everything will be fine. We really enjoyed the adventure.

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