TONTO NATURAL BRIDGE ADVENTURE ITINERARY
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How To Get There
Located off Hwy 87, just 10 miles north of Payson, Payson, AZ 85547
Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: N34 20 05
Longitude: W111 25 15
Latitude: N 34 20.090
Longitude: W 111 25.264
Where To Eat Breakfast
Getting your adventure off on the right foot is very important and a trip to the Tonto Natural Bridge would not be complete without a hearty breakfast. Click here to find suitable locations for your eating pleasure.
What To Plan For
While visiting the park, please help us protect this special space for your future enjoyment.
• Please practice “Leave No Trace” and pack out what you bring in.
• For everyone’s safety, please drive your vehicle only on paved surfaces and stay on designated trails.
• For your safety, please don’t use glass containers in the park.
• All of our parks adhere to firearm and hunting regulations. Please familiarize yourself with this information.
• Firewood is for sale in our park store; you may not gather firewood in the parks.
• Please don’t use fireworks in the parks!
• You can find up-to-date fire restrictions at azstateparks.com/tonto.
• For the enjoyment of your visit and the consideration of our other guests, we ask that you keep your pet on a maximum six-foot leash at all times.
• For additional information related to pets, we encourage you to visit our website or ask park staff.
9:00 a.m. Arrival
Park Entrance Fee
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Last entry at 4:00 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.)
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m. Pick A Trail
**IMPORTANT: Dogs are not allowed on the trails and they can't be left in the car.
Even though the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is a beautiful place it is also very rugged and wild. You will want to take a moment and pick the trail that best suits your family. For detailed information on the trails click here.
It is recommended that you do one trail in the morning. Have some lunch and then do on of the other trails in the afternoon to gain the full experience.
10:00 a.m. Arrive At the Bottom Of The Bridge
Depending on the trail you choose it could take between 30 minutes to an hour to arrive at the bottom. This is an amazing time as you get a chance to see the splendor of what nature can do over the course of millions of years.
Take time to soak it all in.
Find a rock or sitting area and enjoy the moment
Take your camera and take pictures or video
There is no internet access at the bridge, but we hope when you get back to civilization you will share your memories with us at https://www.facebook.com/discovergilacounty
Let the kids climb on the rocks and explore
Check out the stalactites that have formed the bridge over millions of years
11:30 p.m. Time To Hike Out
Pick one of the other trails to make your way out. Click here to see trail information. Go slow, depending on the trail you choose it may be quite a work out.
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Time For Lunch
Once you get back to the top, now is time to take a break and have some lunch. If you planned ahead and brought your own pick nic lunch you can find tables through out the park to enjoy your lunch.
If you have a large group you may want to consider the following:
For more details and to reserve call 1-877-My-Parks
1:30 Kids Become A Junior Ranger
If you're between ages 6–12, you can become a Junior Ranger at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park! Pledge to do your part to help preserve the beauty of the park for everyone to enjoy! There is some homework to-do before you get to the Park. Click here for more details. Bring your information with you and be sworn in as a bonified Junior Park Ranger!
2:30 Explore The Tonto Natural Bridge Goodfellow Lodge Museum
Interpretive exhibits located within Goodfellow Historic 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 slideshow are also available to visitors.
4:00 p.m. Departure
WOW what an Adventure! You are probablly tired from your days activities. There are serveral local resturants in Pine and Strawberry or if you want, Payson is only 15 miles away and has a lot of different places to eat. For a detailed list click here.
Dogs are not allowed on the trails
15 Minutes from Payson, AZ
The largest Travertine Bridge in the World
3 available trails will take you to the bridge
183 feet tall over a 400-foot long tunnel
The bridge measures 150 feet at its widest point
The discovery of the small and beautiful valley between Pine and Payson was documented in 1877 by David Gowan, a prospector who stumbled across the bridge as he was chased by Apaches. Gowan hid for two nights and three days in one of several caves that dot the inside of the bridge. On the third day, he left the cave to explore the tunnel and green valley surrounding it. Gowan then claimed squatter's rights.
1/2 or Full Day
DATES & PRICES
Ups and downs
Possible weather (Could be hot or cold)
5 and older