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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1 month ago

Must do! Follow their advice: lots of water, snacks make it a pleasant afternoon. Hiking shoes and poles are great!

a great view when you make it! Some shade. lots of rocks to climb over and slide down on.

hiking
1 month ago

Very scenic hike. Not very intense, just very slippery rocks. Great park to hang out for an afternoon with a picnic.

Highly recommend the Pine Creek Trail if you want to climb over rocks and need a fun little challenge! It was absolutely breathtaking-it was as if it was raining inside the cave when you got to the end! Such a gorgeous site to see...

2 months ago

This is the second time I have been here. The waterfall this time wasnt to heavy but it is still a beautiful sight to see. My kids had a blast!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little hike - lot of scrambling over boulders and great scenery. Wasn’t real impressed with the other “hikes” in the park but this one was worth admission.

Loved this hike! It’s strenuous climbing over the boulders and the scenery is beautiful! Saw a rattlesnake so look out!

Hike is great and family friendly! We love coming here. But brought family from out of state to hike today and it was closed. Make sure you check to see if the trails are open again before you go because it is totally worth it.

3 months ago

Amazing hike! Its very short and its kind of steep but with decent gym shoes you'll be fine. The rocks are slippery at the bottom but it's so worth it! I'd go back again. There's also a $7 fee.

Family fun hike! Recommend going down, through, and up the other side (not just down and back up).

hiking
3 months ago

This was such an amazing trail! Once you reach the bottom of the river bed you have to climb your way over rocks and since that’s what I love to do it was fantastic. Throughly enjoyed climbing rocks, standing in caves, and jumping across creeks. Would absolutely do it again!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike and under the bridge is an amazing open cavelike feel with water spraying down from above. The wet rocks under the bridge are slippery but we’ll worth the effort.

Loved it! The hike to the bridge takes about 30-45 min. Not a really defined trail, but arrows point in the direction you need to head. Over boulders & rocks, and you need to have good balance & good solid shoes. There were several areas I found challenging, lowering myself on the rocks or jumping boulder to boulder, but that made it fun! Huge payoff at the end!

hiking
3 months ago

This was such a fun trail to hike!! I went with 3 other of my friends and it was one of the best days I’ve ever had. It was a pretty easy hike, not too strenuous at all.

on Pine Creek Trail

hiking
4 months 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
5 months 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.

5 months ago

hiked down and through the natural bridge.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
7 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.

hiking
8 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!

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8 months ago

8 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!

8 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.

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