Hey everyone, welcome to On The Rocks! I’m your trail guide Claudia Collins. I’m taking you along for my adventures as I check hikes, waterfalls and other outdoor activities off of my Arizona bucket list! Today we’re heading to the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park near Payson, Arizona.
The Tonto Natural Bridge is the largest known travertine bridge in the world! It stands at 183 feet tall over a 400-foot-long tunnel. There are many ways to enjoy your time at the state park but be prepared for a slippery hike. The loop trail is only 1.4 miles long with under 300 feet of elevation gain but it can be difficult at times. After spending the day at the state park, I recommend heading up the road to Strawbery, AZ and stopping at Pie Bar for some empanadas.
Note, the state park is pet-friendly but does not allow dogs on the trails. I recommend leaving your furry friends behind for the best possible experience!