Looking for a great trail near Payson, Arizona? AllTrails has 48 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 23 moderate trails in Payson ranging from 1.1 to 19.7 miles and from 3,369 to 7,926 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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A beautiful trail to hike in mid to late October. The fall colors were gorgeous and the hike was a great workout. Definitely was a hard hike. I wish I would have taken my hiking poles. The view is not great at the top but on the way up and back down. So glad we went.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Mostly shaded. Creek at times near trail. Not a lot of great photo ops unless you like trees. Nice trail but not enough to do it again.

off road driving
3 days ago

Thought this should be labeled easy. I’ve got a f150 2in and some nice tires and didn’t have any issues, a little pinstripes here and there but it was good.

Beautiful trail. It almost looks like Sedona in the beginning, then goes through a forest setting before arriving at the lake. It’s 4.5 miles (ONE WAY) until you reach the lake. The first 2 miles are STEEP, and the loose rock was slippery on the way back down. Cairns guide the way, so is easy to follow even where overgrown {when doing as an out and back}. Saw a coral snake and lots of animal droppings. The creeks are currently dry minus the lake, but would be multiple crossings in another season. Saw some fall leaves!

10.12.19 Backpacked over nite at top of Springs. Very scenic trail, well marked and the weather was perfect. The creek was pristine and refreshing! The last mile was a little tough for me only because I had an xtra 38lbs on my back. Enjoy!!

hiking
6 days ago

Washboard and clouds of dust caused by people going much too fast to care for their vehicles. Come on guys, when you drive this road you are not late for work. At least show respect for others and slow down when you pass. Not a lot of good views either. After 4 miles of breathing thick dust we turned around.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail! Easy. A little rock climbing. Water was too cold to swim for me. 10/19. They do not sell parking ticket on-site. Used a Tonto pass we had purchased weeks before, not sure if that's valid. Let me know.

Gorgeous hike. Great views towards the top.

This is really just Water Wheel trail. You have to go down to the creek to really see anything. Before you get to the end of the road (it's not really a trail), turn off at the sign that cautions about flooding. I recommend just coming up the Water Wheel trail.

Beutiful greenery throughout and crystal clear water running alongside the trail (looks good enough to drink — DON’T do it tho)

This was a really great hike! We followed the stream for a fair amount of distance and then turned up an old road. There is a mixture of sun and shade. The climb up to the tunnel is a bit tricky because of the sandstone - but very doable with the right foothold- the cairns lead the way to the top. The tunnel was a little creepy but I had to go in anyway- I didn’t climb all the way to the top to just stand on the outside and look in. The scenery at the top is stunning! Great place for a picnic. I was glad I had my poles for the trip and my climbing gloves for the way down. My gps clocked it at 4.5 miles round trip.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike today- My Garmin GPS actually had us at 15 miles total up to the towers and back to the gate. Hiked up and jogged down. 4.5 hours. Warm on the way down so bring more water than you think you will need. Unfortunately it was a pretty hazy today due to the prescribed fires on the rim so the views weren’t ideal. Still gorgeous though. Views of Lake Pleasant and Roosevelt Lake!

hiking
12 days ago

Super fun trail that follows the river with several waterfalls. Some opportunities to “create your own adventure” by taking different routes up the rock to different areas along the trail to view the falls from several angles. Bring cash to park.

hiking
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

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

backpacking
14 days ago

The trail is roughly 4 miles one way and ends at the Horton Spring. The spring is a beautiful area where clear water rushes from the rocks. Several campsites are available near the spring and along the trail. The trail is a moderate hike but water is available most of the way. Dogs are allowed but should be leashed. Parking is challenging as the lot is very small. A pit toilet is available at the trailhead. Car camping is also available at the trailhead with reservation at the camp ground.

hiking
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

Awesome hike!!

Very nice trail! Easy parking, shade and a beautiful lake. I wish we would have camped!

Absolutely love this trail. It is fun, not too difficult to do, but gives you a taste of climbing rocks. The trail is along water the whole time which a lovely accompanying sound for a hike. And, the falls are lovely to see. The watering hole at the end is a very refreshing way to end the hike in. It can get a little busy at times though, and I wish the trail was a little longer. But, overall.... one of my favorite little trails.

This is a very easy and quiet trail. The trail has a great smell of the forest. We went in early October, so the weather was lovely. I bet in the spring this place is filled with flowers. A little too simple of a trail for me to make it a favorite though, and no real vista type point which I love.

hiking
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

This is a great little hike! We had a 6 and 8 year old with us so keep in mind it is steep and bouldering which can mean slips and trips which is a little scary when we got close to the edge. Crossing the creek was a challenge trying not to get wet. The views are gorgeous. We saw toads, crawfish, minnows, squirrels, bees and butterflies. Stopped a couple times before the main falls at the end. Took 1.25 hours to get there with stops for pics, water and snacks on the way. Only took about 40 min to get out. Parking was free when we went. We went on Friday during the day and had the whole place to ourselves! Do not get caught here during a storm. There is no double timing it out if the boulders are wet or your shoes, it is very slippery. Highly recommend this!

hiking
19 days ago

Fun, easy trail with beautiful views the entire way. It is mostly bouldering, so having good traction is important. So long as you follow the stream, you’ll find the big falls and swimming hole at the end. My 6mo old Chihuahua mix did great, and we saw several kids on the trail. Don’t forget $10 cash to pay for parking.

hiking
muddy
washed out
22 days ago

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