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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Address: off Hwy 87, just 10 miles north of Payson, Payson, AZ 85547
Phone Number: 928 476-4202
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Payson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Lexington, Kentucky
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This small state park is easy to access. The travertine bridge is amazing and the valley is so beautiful. Great place for a picnic and short hiking.

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Moose Jaw, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Well this was the hardest hike ever, but the most beautiful! Sure glad I didn't give up and made it to the top ! Beautiful scenery! There's a guide at the top that will answer all your questions. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

It was a lot of fun going on a special hike with my husband! Its a very fun and good way to fit some exercise into your day. It's a beautiful place and we will be coming back soon for the summer time!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The trails were closed due to the recent snow, but we could still get a great view from the overlooks! A beautiful,open grassy park for kids to play and run around, nice sidewalks to walk around the area, clean toilets with running water, air dryers, and flushing toilets. There are non flushing also in the park near the overlooks and... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I've been here more than a half dozen times in last 10 years but never made it here in winter. It's been so cold last week and snowed everywhere in Arizona. The first day after warmed up a little, I decided to visit the park to see the bridge and snow. It cost $5 per person to enter this state... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Fun, at our age, to accomplish the difficult rated trail. Beautiful views from the bottom, almost under the bridge. The park itself is so well kept up and many places to take in the beauty of all the area has to offer. Love the stories told at the many History Boards.

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Payson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We are so blessed to have such a natural beauty so close to where we live. It is a great attraction for the whole family. See the natural bridge from 4 parking lot viewpoints, or hike down below to experience this geologic wonder. The hike down and up might be tough for anyone with breathing problems. For all others, it... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We have been to the Natural Bridge on more than one occasion. Hidden off the main highway. Very quiet and serene. Nice hike down to the bridge however good shoes are recommended. Only downside is there are no dogs allowed on the trail so we had to take turns hiking. Nice place to stop and picnic too. I will be... More 

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Mysore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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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