Between Pine and Payson, Arizona is the Tonto Natural Bridge, widely believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. At 183 feet high, the bridge spans the area over a 400-foot tunnel that is 150 feet at its widest point. The bridge was discovered in 1877 by David Gowan as he was being chased by Apache Indians. Gowan then claimed squatter's rights. The green valley area around the bridge is now Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. The hiking trails in this park are the Pine Creek Trail, the Waterfall Trail which is a round trip to waterfall cave, and the Gowan Trail which ends at an observation deck in the creek bottom. There are is also a picnic area with picnic tables and a gift shop. The only bathrooms on site are portapotties. The park entrance fee is $7.00 for people ages 14 and over and $4 for kids 6-14. Children under 6 are free. Dogs are not allowed on the trails. Park and Facility Hours Tuesday after Labor Day – Friday Memorial Day Weekend CURRENT HOURS 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last entry at 4:00 p.m.) Saturday of Memorial Weekend – Labor Day 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Last entry at 5:00 p.m.) Trails Saturday of Memorial Weekend – Labor Day 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday after Labor Day – Friday Memorial Day Weekend 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Breathtaking! My youngest who is 7 was able to keep up fine. Some climbing involved for the hike so dogs are not able to come. The bridge and waterfall are breathtaking! It wasn’t too busy when we went at 1:30. But you do need to pay a $7 fee per person to do the hike and site-seeing.

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11 days ago

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11 days ago

on Pine Creek Trail

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21 days ago

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21 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. The Natural Bridge was definitely breath taking. If you pay attention during the hike, you might be able to see squirrels, field mice, and cardinals! There is one area of the hike that’s a little difficult underneath the Natural Bridge, but other than that, a nice, beautiful, moderate trail.

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1 month ago

My absolute favorite short hike in Arizona! Make sure to wear shoes with good tread! Don’t go when it’s super rainy (they will close the trail). Get to the park early to avoid the crowds and make sure you get good photos! Saw several squirrels and a tiny mouse!

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1 month ago

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Pretty steep in and out but we were sore from all day hiking day before! All ages completed so do able

Absolutely beautiful and a fun trail!

Did this with my four year old and a few parts of the trail were pretty steep, but he handled it like a champ. Fantastic payoff at the bottom! Just expect to keep a hand on squirrelly kids the whole time.

Be prepared to climb over some rocks. Not your typical hike :)

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Easy hike down under the tunnel. Some of the rocks at the bottom are slippery. Took little two and they did alright.