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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Payson
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is a great 1/2 day excurtion to enjoy nature. There are two hiking paths to enjoy. If you are unable to walk any distance this is probably not for you. The trails are easy to walk on but is a long hike down into the canyon and then you have to hike back up. Take water and a picnic and enjoy. Great for family outing. I went with my daughter and my 8 and 9 year old grand daughters

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

we got to the park five minutes after 4pm, they didn't allowed us in. I pleated with the ranger to let us in since we got there only 5 minutes after the closing time and we were coming from the south east of the US, it was our only opportunity to see the park, he said his name was Steve, he did not want to provide us with his last name, he acted extremely rude and nasty toward us,
it was a very unpleasant incident.

3  Thank mountaintraveler2010
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We were staying at the Kohl's Lodge in Payson and went to the state park on a day trip. Based on the parking lot the place can get pretty crowded, but the day we were there visitor traffic was very light. It's a beautiful location with nice overviews of the bridge. A short, but steep, trail leads right down to the base of the bridge itself. Very nice. A black-tailed rattlesnake was being scooped off the trail by staff just as we began our descent, so watch where you walk. Like I said, its a nice place to spend the day.

Thank Jim B
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

We enjoyed the break in our day here. You can do a very short walk on a paved trail and see the bridge from above, or do the somewhat steep, but short hike down below. It's a bit of a climb if you're not in shape like me, but with a couple breaks to catch my breath, it was fine. Very pretty and interesting. It took about 45 minutes to walk down the trail, take photos and admire, and get back up. Very short drive off the highway, so you're back on your way in no time. We paid $5 per person to bring a car in.

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

This is one of the best state parks in Arizona, which has many. There is an ample parking area and three interesting hiking trails, one is relatively short in distance but very steep, leading to a water fall. The hike back up is somewhat strenuous. The other two trails lead from different directions, to the main attraction of the park, a huge natural bridge, and these trails are relatively easy. You can view the bridge from above or actually go down all the way under it using a walkway. Viewing areas above and around the bridge offer good photo ops. The trails are relatively easy. Young children can hike all the way down to the bridge without much difficulty. Another attraction in the park is a historic lodge with beautiful grounds.

Thank gtrjim
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