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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 15 Attractions in Payson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mysore, India
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68 reviews 68 reviews
39 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The path was winding and we were descending down and down and down. Finally, when we reached the platform at the bottom and looked up, it was simply awesome – the naturally formed bridge! Through the arch, we could see the mountains, a strip of green vegetation and above that a crescent of blue sky! In front of the arch... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The trek to the bottom to see the Natural Bridge is the easy part. Hiking out is a little tougher. But it is so worth it!!! This is one of the parks that was to be closed when the government implemented budget cuts. The town of Payson took it over and made it even better than before.

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Mesa, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

the park closes at 5pm. So you have to be there before 4 or else they won't let you in. This was our first visit to the landmark. It was a wesome. Lot of hiking and climbing some steep steps. We walked on the rocks to get under the waterfall and it can be a bit challenging.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Park is well maintained. Staff is friendly. Road to and from is very steep so ensure your brakes are in working order. Amazing pictures.

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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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53 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We stopped here years ago when it was just a dirt road down a very step grade. Well the grade is still step, 14%, but a nice new road. We were so pleasantly surprised at the bottom of the road. MA beautiful valley with large gray area, gift shop, picnic areas, restrooms and overlook areas to see the bridge for... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Enormous natural rock bridge – 180’ tall, 150’ wide, 400’ long. Seems visitors are discouraged from walking through it. Be sure to get here early as entry is last permitted at 4pm and the park closes at 5pm. Each of the viewpoints was worth seeing, but in my opinion the best views are from the bottom of the canyon. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This state park is well maintained, with great hiking trails providing breath taking views. It is great place for couples or families, there are excellent covered picnic areas with grills.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Not being much of this hiking-kind-of-a-person, but visiting this believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge is a must - if possible. It is locate somewhat in the middle between Payson and Strawberry, Arizona, on State Highway 87. It is a most beautiful country site. This park and its restrooms are clean and inviting, and even offers picnic tables... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We recently visited the Payson area and decided to come here before heading to our lodge. The trails to get to the bottom of the bridge our fairly steep and there are several boulders to negotiate on one trail so make sure you have shoes on with a good tread to avoid slipping.

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Washougal, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We got to hike in amongst boulders and a spring creek, to where there is a Natural Bridge over the creek, with a spring-fed waterfall falling into the creek at the "bridge". Lovely.

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