Arizona Map

Request Free Visitor Guides

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Contact Info
Payson, AZ 85547

Phone:
928-476-4202
Basics
Location:
17 miles north of Payson, Arizona off Hwy 87
Type:
State Parks
Elevation:
4,530 feet feet

Description

Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, Tonto Natural Bridge has been in the making for thousands of years. 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. Visitors can stand on top of the bridge or hike down below to capture the true size and beauty of this geologic wonder.

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.

In 1898 he persuaded his nephew, David Gowan Goodfellow, to bring his family over from Scotland and settle the land permanently. After a week of difficult travel from Flagstaff, the Goodfellows arrived at the edge of the mountain and lowered their possessions down the 500 foot slopes into the valley by ropes and burros.

Hours + Fees

Hours:
Memorial Day - Labor Day: 8 am - 7 pm
April, Sept., Oct.: 8 am - 6 pm
Closed at 2 pm Christmas Eve & Thanksgiving Day
Season:
Open year round
Closed Christmas Day

Amenities

Amenities:
Picnic Area(s)
Visitor Center

Details

Additional Details:

Visitors Center
Restrooms
Gift Shop
Museum
Exhibits
Day use areas
Picnic Tables
Hiking
Swimming
Wildlife Viewing

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
Located off Hwy 87, just 17 miles north of Payson.
Customizable Directions


Copyright © 1997 - 2018 The Go Travel Sites. All Rights Reserved and.

Email Page Link

Complete the form below to email this page to a friend or family member's email. You can send yourself an email as well. Your email and your recipient's email will NOT be shared with anyone. See our full Privacy Policy for details.
:
:
:
 
 
 
:
Copy Yourself on the Email Yes No
:
:

1

Select a Free Visitor Guide below

2

Complete the form to receive your guides by mail

Below are the Free Visitor Guides for Payson. More Visitor Guides are available in Arizona. Click here to view them all!

Arizona - The Grand Canyon State Arizona - The Grand Canyon State Arizona - The Grand Canyon State
StatewideStart planning your Arizona vacation with the Official State Visitor's guide - available in print, electronically, or both. Fill out the form to request your free travel packet, which includes an Arizona Official State Visitor's Guide and an Arizona state highway map. The Arizona Office of Tourism ships domestically as well as the following countries only: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Japan, Canada and Mexico.
Request this Free Visitor GuideRequested! You're all set! Complete the form below to receive your guides by mail.