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“Waterfall, Water and Natural Bridge/Cave ”

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Payson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is located in central Arizona near Payson. It is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world. The bridge stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at its widest point. There are three hiking trails, a picnic area, and a group use area. Goodfellow Lodge at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is a one-of-a-kind rustic hideaway in the middle of some of the most picturesque scenery in Arizona’s Rim Country. Nestled deep within Pine Canyon, this three-story cabin-style lodge was built in the 1920’s and has kept much of its early 20th-century charm. The lodge has 10 furnished bedrooms with private and communal restrooms, as well as a furnished basement suite with a private kitchenette with sink and refrigerator. The first floor features our beautiful wood cabin group dining area with picnic table seating, fireplace, and a large kitchen big enough for your group or catering company. Entertain on the outdoor veranda or the grass event area outside, or sit and spot any of our regular wildlife visitors, like deer and javelina. We invite you to visit Goodfellow Lodge and consider it for your next group visit, wedding, or overnight event.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a couple of hours at Tonto Natural Bridge. We went about 3:30pm on a Sunday in and there was parking in the lower lot near Viewpoint 3&4. Bathrooms located nearby. Hiked down to the lower level and found the view spectacular. Was hot at the parking lot level but so much cooler below. Bring water. Waterfall was still flowing, water was running in the natural bridge/cave area, and lots of room to scramble and explore and take photos/video. While you could do the hike down in flip flops, the rocks under the bridge/cave are slippery and good shoes are definitely recommended. No swimming in the pools under the the bridge— but swimming permitted in areas (see park map). Slow down and listen to the bubbling water. Also saw the wild javelinas in the parking lot area. Don’t disturb or try to touch.
We did not hike the trail under the bridge, but you could. Either access from Viewpoint 2 area trail and go down... or from the other side.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful area with waterfalls and hiking. Saw 3 coati mundis eating in a tree along the trail. Fun seeing them in their natural habitat.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here with my wife on Mother’s Day. Wow was I blown away. It is absolutely beautiful. And that is saying something in a state with no shortage of natural beauty. Only about a 90 minute drive from the valley (and the drive is scenic too). Nice and cool in the pine forest. Plan on spending at least 2-3 hours.

Thank Doug F
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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Easily accessible with plentiful parking. Great trails well maintained. Great views. Gift shop well stocked with informative materials and mementoes.

Thank Harry M
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

Wow, we brought family to this attraction. We all had different skill levels. So much to see. I'm almost 70 and I was able to hike to the bottom with my son and granddaughter. It was a challenge but I accomplished it. You need to know your abilities for sure but worth it. It was amazing.

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