Explore the most popular trails in Tonto Natural Bridge State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

Was closed today, which it does say on the AZ State Parks website. So a heads up to check that if going. It looks really cool and other trails in park were easy and still worth the drive, but it was kind of a bummer.

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rocky
1 month ago

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2 months ago

Tons of people. But a nice view from under the bridge. Lots of scrambling over rocks under the bridge.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike started out kind of boring. You have to cross the major highway and walk without any incline for a while. Because it had rained the week before, we had to cross several streams. The last half of the hike was great, with lots of elevation gain and great views. We wanted to keep goin but didn’t k is where the rest of the trail would go. On the way back, a man told us that we could have made it to the bottom and caught about her Trail to a road in Pine in fewer miles than it would take us to get back to the trailhead. We will check into it and go back if it works. There is a super gross bathroom at the trailhead and lots of good parking.

hiking
3 months ago

A unique hike. Slippery but has some of the most picturesque views within the natural bridge.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of slippery boulders to climb over, be careful and you will have a lot of fun.

5 months ago

Take away the INSANE foot traffic, the views are spectacular!

nature trips
5 months ago

The view was amazing! The hike was short but intense

hiking
5 months ago

I loved the bridge and all the amazing views there! There was a waterfall coming down from the top of the arch when I was there, and I chose to go all the way under the bridge and out and up on the other side instead of going back up the way I came. Watch the slippery rocks!

hiking
5 months ago

This is quite fun if you like hopping from one rock to the next, but it’s not the best trail if you are just looking for an easy stroll. I liked it! A bit hard to navigate and there are several paths you can take...but it’s hard to get lost with a GPS.

hiking
5 months ago

LOVED this trail. Lots of scrambling, bouldering, and rock hopping. We paused many times to observe the beautiful rock formations, caves, tree varieties, fall colours and explore each area. My wife had our 7mo daughter on her back and managed to navigate fairly easily. It has challenging sections that follows the rocky creek bed but is very doable. The massive cave with falling water at the end was spectacular- pictures do not do it justice- it’s epic.

hiking
5 months ago

Such a beautiful place to visit, family friendly. Went in early November and it was the perfect time to visit, trees were changing color and the weather was perfect. Heavily trafficked, go as soon as it opens

Mild rock climbing to the most beautiful payout

6 months ago

In a fee area, restricted access, both time wise and physical areas and trails.

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7 months ago

Fun hike down to the cave of the Tonto Natural Bridge! It wasn’t terrible however I would recommend good shoes for hiking as it’s loose gravel and fairly steep. Also if you go into the cave, good shoes with grub will be helpful as it’s wet and the rocks are slippery. You can go through the cave and meet another trail to get out (don’t have to go back up the same way).

hiking
7 months ago

Such a cool place! Definitely a must-see if you’re in the area. We took our daughter (6) and she handled almost everything without a problem! Pretty busy but it was Labor Day weekend so it was to be expected.

7 months ago

Beautiful! Easy for kids... my youngest is 4. I felt like I was in a fantasy land. Definitely going back!

hiking
7 months ago

Although this hike says moderate it is fairly easy. Fun for the whole family! We had our lunch inside the cave (pick up your trash) which was amazing. Beware the rocks are slippery!

Park ranger in the gift shop is RUDE! do not let him discourage you from this great hike.

good luck.

7 months ago

Although this hike is easy, take plenty of water. Beware rocks are slippery. So beautiful and calm.

Park ranger in the gift shop is rude but dont let him discourage you.

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8 months ago

Very Short, very heavily tracked, but absolutely beautiful!

hiking
8 months ago

Not too impressed with this trail, but we didn’t complete it either.

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8 months ago

We have 4 kids- 9, 7, 6, and 2. The bigger kids could do most of it all on their own. A few times we had to hold their hand but they loved it. There are a few cooler spots with small streams to play in. Beautiful scenery. The 2-year-old had to be held most of the time and passed between my wife and me, but we made it.

Great hike. Might be hard for young children.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome hike with a beautiful "rain forest" in the desert.

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8 months ago

I would not call this a hiking trail, more like boulder climbing all the way to the bridge. I hike three times a week and this is not moderate, I would give this a very hard rating. There was no enjoyment for me taking this route to the bridge. This may be enjoyable for some people, just be prepared if you decide to go here. Also, be very careful when you get to the bridge, very slippery and dangerous rocks. If you are going there to see the bridge I would recommend the Gowan trail, short and steep. It is very beautiful there, but I will not be going back.

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10 months 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
10 months 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...

11 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!

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