Location

Tonto Natural Bridge Locator Map

Elevation 4,530 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(928) 476-4202
Tonto Natural Bridge
P.O. Box 1245
Payson, AZ 85547
10 mi. N of Payson on Hwy 87

Facilities

Visitor Center Restrooms Gift Shop Museum Exhibits Group: Day Use Areas Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Swimming Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 8 miles

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511 Speed Code

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Park's Speed Code: 4244#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Adult (14+): $5.00
Youth (7–13): $2.00
Child (0–6): FREE

Fee Schedule

Friends Group

Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge

Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge, dedicated to preservation & enhancement

Facilities

Facilities available at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. Sorry, pets are not allowed on the trails at this park.

Parking Lot ViewpointsFall/Winter (and Spring): Hours & Days

The park is open 7 days a week from 9 am - 5 pm. Last entry at 4 pm. Fall/Winter (and Spring) hours are September 2, 2014 until May 22, 2015

The park will close at 2 pm on November 24th (Thanksgiving). Regular hours resume on November 25th. The park will close at 2 pm on December 24th (Christmas Eve) and will be closed December 25th (Christmas Day). Regular hours resume on December 26th.

Parking Lot Viewpoints

One may see the Natural Bridge from four different parking lot viewpoints without hiking down to the bottom.

 
Visitor Center Visitor Center & Historic Lodge

The Tonto Natural Bridge Visitor Center inside historic Tonto Lodge offers information and a gift shop. Note: There are no restrooms located in this building, but modern flush restrooms are located nearby.

Visitor CenterVisitor Center hours: 9 am - 4 pm.

 
Restrooms Restrooms

Accessible vault toilets are located near parking areas. Modern flush restrooms are located near the historic lodge.

 
Gift Shop Gift Shop

Gift ShopWe have a variety of books for sale about the region and the area. We also sell snacks, water, soda, walking sticks, and T-shirts.

  
Museum Exhibits Museum & Exhibits

Interpretive exhibits located within the Lodge include artifacts on the history of Tonto Natural Bridge, plus information about travertine, prehistoric inhabitants, and the historic Tonto Lodge. Photographs and a painting of the Natural Bridge with a scenic slide show are also available to visitors.

 
Group Day Use Areas Group: Day Use Areas

Day Use ramada reservation can be made by calling the park directly. Cost to reserve is $40.00 and a $5.00 non-refundable reservation fee.

Goodfellow Group Use Area:

Lodge & Lodge Dining Room:

New Group Ramada: 20x40’ ramada with tables and grills. Please contact park for ramada reservation information (fees apply).

Cypress Group Ramada: 20x30 ramada with picnic tables and BBQ grills available on a first-come, first-served basis.

10x10 Ramadas: 3 ramadas with a picnic table and BBQ grill are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations.

 
Picnic Areas/Shelters Picnic Areas

Many unsheltered picnic tables are located throughout the park for your enjoyment.

 
Hiking Hiking Trails

Hiking TrailsThank you for packing out what you pack in. Please carry drinking water while hiking these trails. All Trails are steep and strenuous. No pets or glass containers on any trails!

Pine Creek Trail is about ½ mile long (400 feet developed - undeveloped in the creek bottom), leads to the Pine Creek natural area. Hiking shoes are recommended. Follow the arrows. Allow one hour.

Waterfall Trail is about 300 feet long, ends at waterfall cave. Uneven steps. Allow 15–20 minutes.

Gowan Trail is about 2200 feet long, down and back leading to an observation deck in the creek bottom. The trail is steep and rough. No trash cans. Hiking shoes are recommended. Allow one hour.

Anna Mae Trail is about 500 feet long and leads to Pine Creek Trail and The Natural Bridge. Allow one hour.

 
Swimming Swimming

Swimming is not allowed under the Natural Bridge. However, you may swim downstream in Pine Creek. Please be advised there is no lifeguard on duty. Swimming is at your own risk.

 
Wildlife Viewing Wildlife Viewing

Many different birds species visit the park. Please ask for a park bird list when paying your fee at the entrance station. Deer, rabbits, and javelina also inhabit the park.

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