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.

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16 days ago

1/4/20 - It’s currently the only trail open in the park. The observation deck is closed. A sign at the start of this trail states that there is no view of the bridge from this trail right now and it is more of a “nature walk”. Similar to another review, the park ranger also told us that it wouldn’t be worth it since we were looking for an actual hike. Save your money and time. Skip this place until Pine Trail and Waterfall Trail reopen.

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16 days ago

1/4/20 - Trail closed until further notice.

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2 months ago

10-27-19 Beautiful Scenic morning hike to The Natural Bridge and the Waterfall at the end is breathtaking! We also hiked Anna Mae and Waterfall Trail, Gowan Trail to observatory deck was closed. Lots of squirrels and beautiful blue birds! Witnessed approximately 20 Javelinas grazing in the sunlight, very cool!!! $7.00 fee/washrooms and plenty of parking....Enjoy!

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rocky
2 months ago

It was very beautiful. Costs $7 per person to get in which isn't bad. It was very rocky so it was fun to climb over areas. Much better than just walking on a cleared trail.

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scramble
2 months ago

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scramble
2 months ago

Really nice scramble among the boulders - found out the hard way to follow the arrows. Most other paths end in deep pools of water. The finale of the natural travertine bridge was awesome, although a bit crowded with families on a beautiful Fall weekend. Hiking into the tunnel and down to the pool under the natural bridge was a little slippery - be careful and wear decent shoes or boots. The hike up out of the gorge on the Ana Mae trail was steep but short.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Awesome hike, leads to the natural bridge. Scramble through the boulders, and follow the arrows. Loved this trail

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Awesome hike!!

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rocky
3 months ago

It was really awesome! I only did Pine Creek and Ana Mae trail...Gowan was not recommended due to the lookout being closed which was a bummer. Good combination of rocky terrain, flat dirt areas, and a steep climb with wooden stairs. Kind of a hodge podge to keep the hiker entertained. Definitely not for dogs. Small kids would be okay if supervised strictly. Lots of areas requiring the use of hands to balance. The views are amazing. The waterfall under the bridge falls like rain with the wind blowing and is perfect for cooling off the hiker after being in the sun. Although there are shady areas throughout. It felt like a rainforest at the beginning of Pine Creek Trail then quickly shifts into sand and rock and tons and tons of Travertine!

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4 months ago

Great easy hike, but the observation deck (Gowen Trail) was closed. Looked completed, so I'm not sure why? Will be great when they open it! Walked down and thru, great views and the cool water dripping down felt great.

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bridge out
rocky
4 months ago

The view at the end of this trail made the $7 fee totally worth it. I might recommend going on the Ana Mae trail down to the view and then taking this trail back, however, for a slower, steadier incline up rather than the Ana Mae’s stairs. Make sure your shoes have decent tread as well with all of the rock hopping you’ll do.

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no shade
4 months ago

This was beautiful view, but the observation deck was closed.

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4 months ago

This trail had amazing views . Very rocky going through Pine Creek to get to the waterfall. I DO NOT recommend wearing flip flops while hiking at anytime but especially this one. The rocks can be slippery down by the waterfall. I slipped a few times and I had on hiking boots. Saw too many people wearing them!!! Didn’t experience any bug issues, there is shade on the hike, and if you want to get close to the waterfall be prepared to get a little wet but it feels good. We followed a park ranger down to the waterfall area and he told us all the water is from a natural spring and showed us a little hidden area where some water was dripping from in a cave. Recommend this hike it’s a short one but worth it!!

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4 months ago

2 of the 4 trails are closed.

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4 months ago

I've been on these hikes many times. This time 2 of the 4 trails weren't in good repair and were unable to be used. Still cost $7 per person to get into this State Park.

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5 months ago

This was my first solo hike, and only third hike since moving to AZ. Very easy to navigate, different types of terrain (dirt, smaller rocks, a few boulders) and appreciated the slight changes in elevation without it being difficult at any point. Good experience to get a solo hike in. Scenery was pretty, but nothing amazing.

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off trail
rocky
5 months ago

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rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Completed with my wife and 5 and 10 year old kids. Lots of foot traffic, my wifes new favorite trail. Beautiful!!!

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rocky
6 months ago

Love the hike beautiful view!!! Only that was a little tough was the slippery rocks! Take good shoes!

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6 months ago

it's beautiful. but the trail can get way to crowded with hikers.

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off trail
rocky
6 months ago

Fun and relatively easy trail. Just finished hiking this for the second time with my wife and kids.

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bridge out
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Always a go to hike for me and my kids. It’s a short enough drive from the Phoenix area to make it an easy day trip. You can’t go on the man made bridge but you can still hike under the natural bridge. Even on warm days it’s nice and cool under the bridge thanks to the constant water raining from above. There is also a nice grassy area with picnic tables to hang out and enjoy the mountain air. No cell service or WiFi (my favorite part!)

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