Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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  • Kara A
    Phoenix, Arizona2 contributions
    I highly recommend hiking into the canyon if you're relatively in shape.
    We visited Tonto Natural Bridge in mid September, the high was 81°. Our son and his friend came, aged 11. The boys wore shoes, I chose hiking sandals. My husband brought a backpack to hold all of our water. We all had 64 oz of water and we ran out right when we got back to our car. My kids, age 11, did fine on this trail, however they're active children. Waterfall Hike: short shaded hike down some steep wooden stairs, and over a metal bridge type walking path. I won't tell you what's at the end. The hike back was a bit strenuous for me. I don't hike or workout regularly, but I am on my feet all day at work. I had to stop 2-3 times. My thighs started burning half way up the wooden steps, which some are about 6" tall, a very high step up. Pine Creek Hike: Again you go down wooden stairs on a clearly marked path. The path is partially shaded. Shortly after the clearly marked trail begins, it disappears and you're left to follow yellow arrows leading you up and over boulders, and large river rocks. I wasn't expecting this. I wore hiking sandals and they were slipping and sliding around on my feet. You will see lots of people along the way, so it's very difficult to get lost. The end of the hike leads you to the north side of the bridge. This is where I took off my sandals and hiked barefoot. It was SO MUCH easier, and safer. Under the bridge is very slick, even though some of the rocks you're climbing aren't wet. Gowan Trail: The hike down is easy. On the way up, you will hike up a relatively steep hill. This was the most difficult part for me. I DO NOT recommend the Pine Creek Trail or the Gowan Trail if you get easily out of breath or live a sedentary lifestyle. Stay up top and enjoy the natural bridge from above.
    Traveled with family
    Written September 19, 2022
  • Leola B
    Buckeye, Arizona11 contributions
    Beautiful sight
    This is a neat place for an adventure. The bridge is breath taking and there is another waterfall a short distance from the bridge (still within the park). You can view the bridge from 4 vantage points above or take one of the three trails down to the bottom and play in the water. Just know that these are not easy trails. The two trails that start closest to the bridge are VERY steep. so be prepared. Two of the thee trail approach the bridge from the north side and you have to climb and scramble over boulders which could be slippery. Well worth the trouble to hike down, just be prepared to do a little work and take plenty of water with you. I recommend doing this in the cooler months. It will still be close to 90 degrees if you go during the summer.
    Written October 14, 2022
  • Bill Hewitt
    Buckeye, Arizona15 contributions
    Great place to visit
    The drive in from Rt 87 was a thrill--very windy down an 18 degree grade. Reasonable state park charge. Short walk to overlook where you can see the bridge from various angles or you can hike down a path and view it from the creek level below. I also saw a pack of six coatimundi leaping across rocks and over the creek. If you've never seen one they are amazing. Their bodies are 2-3 feet long, their tails the same length, and they ran much like monkeys. All in all, a great place.
    Written June 17, 2021
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Todd S
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Jun 2022 • Couples
We drove all the way into the park. There was no signage anywhere about “no dogs” allowed. After making the trip in, having to park and go inside and waiting on line to pay, we are told no dogs allowed on hike. Our dog is a 2 1/2 pound Yorkie carried in a small bag. The only sign we found after the fact is small and in the middle of their website. We had no phone service to check ahead of time as we were already in Pine. Put a sign up at the park entrance people! That was wasted time and gas to drive all the way in and be disappointed. Our doggie has gone everywhere with us for 12 years. The reason given was, “ we have had problems with dogs in the past”. Lame.
Written June 12, 2022
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rhitman32
Prescott, AZ177 contributions
Sep 2020
Nice park, friendly "ranger". Most of the trails were closed and construction obstructed the views and limited access. Admission price is 50% right now (September 2020) and with paid admission guests are given a free pass for a future visit. Nice facilities, lots of parking, and not too busy on the Thursday when we visited. It will be a better place to visit when the construction is done.
Written September 15, 2020
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Miles D
San Tan Valley, AZ132 contributions
Jun 2021
Wanted to do this for over 5 years and glad we went. The hike down to the base of the natural bridge and going through to the other side was a highlight. Rocks are slippery so wear good shoes. The other hiking paths are considered hard, but I think only on hot days would these hikes be hard.
The cost to enter is $14 per adult, which I think is little high for such a small park.
Written June 15, 2021
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Terry Boehrer
Washington, OK72 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
This is a quiet and beautiful place. The road in is steep but they have a spot to drop a trailer before going down. Unfortunately, the Ranger said the water was high so all we could do for the $7/person entrance fee was walk the upper trail to view the bridge from the top. All trails leading down were closed. In my opinion, I would only go if all trails were open.
Written January 25, 2020
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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ737 contributions
Jul 2019
This is a state park within Arizona so there is a fee to enter that is charged per person in the vehicle. If you want to waive the fee and visit many parks often we suggest you get a National Parks Pass for 80 USD. The park is open a large part of the day and offers plenty of room to bring items to barbecue and relax along with a handful of hikes that are accessible for nearly all ages. This park is busy during long weekends and can therefore be harder to get more quiet and private shots of the natural bridge itself. The main hike through the bridge requires a bit of climbing and has some slippery rocks but there were plenty of staff there to help the day we went. The pool underneath the bridge is not accessible to swim in but there are several small pools of water and streams to cool down if you want to get in!
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written June 17, 2020
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Sylvia HD
Scottsdale, AZ154 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
Beautiful natural bridge formation. Several interesting view points. The park is clean lot of parking spots Entrance fees are $7 per person at the gate. Amazing hike accessible from different angles. Not easy for elderly to go all the way down to the creek under the bridge. Shaded BBQ area with public bathrooms available. Elks are seen around the parking area.
Written December 2, 2022
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bosoxbevy
United States43 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
The bridge and surrounding area is quite beautiful. However, due to construction all hiking trails are closed as well as Viewpoints 3 and 4. Therefore, admission is half off during this time. They are hoping to be fully open sometime in December. It was still a nice stop since we were in the area. Also, there’s an adorable family of javelina who like to roam the area.
Written October 19, 2020
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CleopatraBunny
Flagstaff, AZ1,632 contributions
May 2020 • Couples
The park is open (cost is $7 per person payable in the gift shop) and there is ample parking, pit toilets and shaded picnic tables around all the parking areas. The three hiking trails are closed but you can see the bridge arch from a couple vantage points up top. Plain sandals or sneakers were fine on the paved path. The map you get when you pay is quite useful. We thought they should discount admission since the trails were closed. Oh well. Hardly anyone there on a Monday morning during this social distancing time.
Written May 11, 2020
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NCWFUcyclingVet
Huntersville, NC360 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
The park service close down all trails on June 30 for construction. There are 2 viewing area near the parking lot. You can view the natural bridge from far away but can’t get to the viewing platform or get close to the bridge. Luckily, they lowered the price of admission with the trails closed
Written July 4, 2020
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Marquita E
Camarillo, CA7 contributions
Jun 2020
All hiking trails closed. Doesn't open until 9 am. Rangers rude. Ranger on his phone while driving couldn't bother to look up when he got out of his car to answer a few questions. The trails closed sign should have been posted back on Hwy 87 but it was not! When we told them that at the entrance gate 5 miles from Hwy 87 they said that it was on their website. Well it's not on their home page on the website. You have to click on hiking trails and then it's on the top of the page. And $7 apiece to be in parking lot and a few viewing areas. A total rip off! They're not open until 9 am. Terrible experience. Rude rangers. People in very close proximity to each other. Not sure what they are doing. Talk about entitled. We wasted money and time on our short little vacation. Skip this one!!!!
Written June 16, 2020
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