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“One of Natures True Beauties”

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Payson
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Apache Junction, Arizona, United States
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“One of Natures True Beauties”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

If you live anywhere in Arizona or if you are visiting and are going to be near Payson, you should definitely take the time to see this beauty of the desert. The Tonto Natural Bridge is a true wonder of nature and visiting the park is a great way to spend a day.
We hiked the Pine trail down the wash to go under the bridge from the North side. It's a moderately difficult hike that will require rock hopping and is only recommended if you have the time and ability. The hike down the wash is beautiful and hiking it in the fall was lovely and the view of the bridge from the North side looking South was spectacular. Be careful, it can be slippery on those rocks under the bridge.
The view from the observation deck at the bottom of Gowan trail is absolutely gorgeous. We took the Gowan trail back to the parking lot. The Gowan trail, according to the State Park brochure is 2200 feet long down and back. It's a well developed trail with plenty of stairs and a couple of benches to stop and rest but all the trails are steep and strenuous so please be careful.
There are lots of picnic tables in the park so hubs and I sat in the shade and have a little snack before checking out the Waterfall trail (also beautiful) and then hiked the Anna Mae Trail back down to the Pine Trail and retraced our steps back to our car.
While you're there, don't forget to take a look at the Lodge/Gift Shop.

Visited October 2012
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Waddell, Arizona
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“Awesome”
Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

This was a great experience! Absolutely amazing we never thought something like this was in AZ. It is definitely a must see. And the trails are great!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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“You have to go!”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

So incredibly beautiful. We did take the trail down - strenuous, but doable and well worth it. Lots of picnic tables, clean bathrooms, also, viewpoints for those who do not take the 2 trails down to the floor of the bridge.

Visited October 2012
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United Kingdom
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“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

A great little stop off that takes up no more than an hour to an hour and a half of your time but well worth the visit. The trails are well laid out but the one that takes you down to the bottom is actually rather breathtaking as the Tonto arch becomes clearer.

The climb in is only 180 feet and easy enough for able bodied. When at the bottom the rocks can be exceptionally slippery as they get wet from above so mind your step if you only have trainers on.

Visited October 2012
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Surprise, Arizona
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“Geologic wonder”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Amazing geologic formation. Easy to see and visit. Handicap accessible. Beautiful all seasons. Well maintained walking paths. Helpful rangers everywhere.

Visited October 2012
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