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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

off Hwy 87, just 10 miles north of Payson, Payson, AZ 85547
+1 928-476-4202
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Trumped up & over priced

Can't believe they charge $7 per person to visit this state park. Great picnic-ing areas, but... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Phoenix, Arizona
Hiking to the Tonto Bridge

Our family of ten consisted of six adults (three physically challenged) and four children. The park... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Marti W
Tucson, Arizona
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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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off Hwy 87, just 10 miles north of Payson, Payson, AZ 85547
+1 928-476-4202
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Can't believe they charge $7 per person to visit this state park. Great picnic-ing areas, but rather expensive for just a picnic, although you are able to reserve the larger pavilions. Several "view points" which you can walk down to a viewpoint for the "natural...More

Thank Luv2TravelFarNWide
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our family of ten consisted of six adults (three physically challenged) and four children. The park has multiple trails for seeing various parts of the area as well as getting to the bottom of the canyon to see the bridge. The three who were unable...More

Thank Marti W
Reviewed 4 days ago

First you drive WAY DOWN in elevation to this beautiful lush area where the bridge is. There is a toll booth and a gift shop on the way in then 4 different trails you can take. We had a pet with us so we could...More

Thank ORbeachdawg
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place! Great scenery and beautiful area! Nowhere else like it anywhere - everyone should visit it if you're in the Payson area.

Thank TinaTerry47
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although many people who reviewed thought the $7 per person fee to enter was steep, this out of the way but easy to access state park is a gem. Well maintained trails offer a challenge, especially down to the base of the bridge. Take water!...More

Thank desertkat60
Reviewed 1 week ago

The bridge was only 183 feet down very easy to get to and all the rangers were along the way to help out if you needed it.

Thank kfardis
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hike was not too long, but with all the climbing, it was a fun time for the kids! The scenery was beautiful! We really loved hiking down below the bridge and getting "rained" on to cool off!

Thank Bobbich
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The under part of the natural bridge is accessed via a step hike that provides a short work out. It is cool and lovely below with the creek running and water spraying down from above. The paths under the bridge can be slippery. We drove...More

1  Thank SuzJim2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With the exception of the very rude younger female employee on both visits to to the front check in dest on the morning of June 30th 2017, this visit was amazing for the entire family. My two boys 10, and 8 years old said it...More

Thank woodtgb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All state parks charge a fee, it is good to be a senior. All ages will enjoy visiting especially when it is hot in Phoenix.

Thank BigdogAZ2014
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Jenae H
4 February 2017|
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Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Jenea, The temps are in the 60's in March, 70's in April & 80's in May. June-august is generally in the 90's. The altitude is approx. 4,600ft., so we do get snow there this time of year. The most comfortable time to hike the... More
Sarah D
20 November 2016|
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Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Sarah, the forecast is calling for 60 & sunny. We don't generally have snow or ice up in Payson this early, but it has started to cool down at night. You should have a great post-Thanksgiving hike there, enjoy! Arizona State... More
olivia i
14 October 2016|
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Response from jamesfI3676RW | Reviewed this property |
Hello. The cost is $7/adult and $4/under 12. Visitors can hike down underneath the bridge (approx. 1 1/2 miles down). The entry fees pays for parking. Have a great time! Allow for 1 1/2 to 2 hours for visit.