TONTO NATURAL BRIDGE GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA

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. 

Tonto Natural Bridge was discovered in 1877 by a Scottish prospector named David Gowan, who was being chased by Apaches and needed a place to hide. After hiding in the tunnel for three days and two nights, he laid claim to the bridge and canyon via squatter’s rights and moved the rest of his family over from Scotland in 1898. 

IMPORTANT PARK INFORMATION

Hiking Trails

Tonto Natural Bridge offers 4 trails with spectacular awe inspiring features.  

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Kids Programs

Looking for things that the kids can do.  Try the Junior Ranger Program at TNB.

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Family Gatherings

Weddings and large family groups are all welcome.  Set up your private event.

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Park and Facility Hours
Saturday of Memorial Weekend – Labor Day


CURRENT HOURS
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(Last entry at 5:00 p.m.)


Tuesday after Labor Day – Friday Memorial Day Weekend
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Last entry at 4:00 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.
 

Note: Dogs are not allowed on the trails
 

Park Entrance Fee
Adult (14+): $7.00
Youth (7–13): $4.00
Child (0–6): FREE

THINGS TO DO AT TONTO NATURAL BRIDGE