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.

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7 days ago

Beautiful paid attraction. Plenty of parking and clean bathrooms. Doing the full hike truly requires good shoes as it gets very slippery under the fall. You don’t have to do the full trail. You can get to both sides of the fall from different trailheads.
I’m coming out of a 5 months injury and so that part under the bridge was hard for me today, but it’s not that hard.

Pretty straight forward hike. I did like all the boulders to navigate once you were down at the bottom.

hiking
14 days ago

Hiked down and through to other side. Easily worth the park entrance fee. Amazing. Rocks are wet, don’t be the idiots we saw wearing flip flops and tennis shoes if you want to pass through.

17 days ago

hiked down and through the natural bridge.

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29 days ago

Very fun and cool to see! Trail can be slippery at times

hiking
1 month ago

Gowan Trail is a short downhill walk to a man-made metal bridge, which you cross over to see the waterfall. You can feel the water and will get wet. If you are with children, be careful because the rocks are slippery, smooth and wet. There is a $7/person entrance fee, payable at the entrance

hiking
1 month ago

Pine Creek Trail is one of the trails that brings you underneath the travertine bridge. The path is well marked with arrows on rocks, so you will know that you are headed in the right direction. It is a fairly easy hike/walk and a great view entering from behind. Pine Creek Trail also connects to Gowan Trail on the other side. The entrance fee is $7 a person, which is payable at the entrance.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! You can make it as hard or as easy as you’d like it. You can also hike pine creek and it connects to Gowan trail. Over worth the trip! 7$ per person.

Just incredible! Beautiful turquoise waters! Like nothing I have ever seen!

Costed $7 a person to get in and the hike was steep with some steps for just a short time. We only went under the bridge and then came back up after a bit of exploring! Not sure if the hike continues through the other side!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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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3 months 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!

4 months ago

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!

4 months ago

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
4 months ago

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

This trail is well shaded & very peaceful.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful stop for a home under a beautiful bridge! Road tripped to three other states with some pals and this was on our stop! Breath taking!

5 months ago

I am not a seasoned hiker & this was a fairly easy hike. Wear shoes that grip well, so small rocks at beginning of trail going down won't cause you to slide. Great photo opportunities & a good calorie burn on the hike back up. Bring water to drink & to squirt yourself down with on sunny days.

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