Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park has been in the making for thousands of years. 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. The discovery of the small and beautiful valley between Pine and Payson was documented in 1877 by David Gowan, a prospector who stumbled across the bridge as he was chased by Apaches. Gowan hid for two nights and three days in one of several caves that dot the inside of the bridge. On the third day, he left the cave to explore the tunnel and green valley surrounding it. Gowan then claimed squatter's rights. In 1898 he persuaded his nephew, David Gowan Goodfellow, to bring his family over from Scotland and settle the land permanently. After a week of difficult travel from Flagstaff, the Goodfellows arrived at the edge of the mountain and lowered their possessions down the 500 foot slopes into the valley by ropes and burros. Today, visitors can stand on top of the bridge or hike down below to capture the true size and beauty of this geologic wonder.

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1 day ago

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4 days ago

on Gowan Trail

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4 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Overall it's a nice place to visit. The hike down is real short. Not sure it's worth the $7 per person entry fee. Rocks are super slippery under the bridge - be careful.

24 days ago

Beautiful and amazing place. Will definitely come back!!!

Amazing. So many fun caves and bodies of water to see along the way. Went all the way to Gowan trail and the bridge was so beautiful. There was one very sketchy very steep spot that they had a ranger stationed at to help people across that I almost didn't do but so glad o did.

walking
24 days ago

The trail has lots of boulders and rocks to climb around and climb over. The tunnel is incredible. Wear good shoes.

love this short hike to the bridge with the family!

hiking
29 days ago

The walk was really nice, difficult on the way back up but they warned us! My 8 year old made the trip in flip flops so it wasn't too hard. Make sure to bring a form of payment as they charge per person.

Awesome trail with our Dogs... can't wait to come back!

hiking
1 month ago

Challenging and fun

on Pine Creek Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great views and a short but fun downhill hike.

on Gowan Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Although the hike itself was simple, the views were amazing. 10/10 would recommend this hike to people who appreciate nature.

on Gowan Trail

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

The Tonto Natural Bridge is a fun getaway from Phoenix! I have been coming here since i was a Child and I love it! Come on a weekday and there's hardly anyone here! A pleasant trail down to the river where you can take pictures of the cave and waterfall. If you have good shoes and sense for adventure, go through the bridge and back up the other side. Just watch your step, it can get very slippery! The sign says to follow the arrows, but there aren't many arrows placed to follow. Make sure not to climb to high, as that's the wrong way! Jump from rock to rock to get to the other side! A must for visitors in the area!