Tonto Natural Bridge

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that G recently had knee surgery after over a year of having problems– this meant no couple hiking! That means that after a year of wanting to rip each other’s eye balls out being stuck inside, when we finally were able to venture to Tonto Natural Bridge for G’s first hike back a couple of weeks ago, we were psyched.

Tonto Natural Bridge lies 10 miles north of Payson, Arizona and is home to the largest natural tavertine bridge in the world. It was gorgeous. I’d go as far as to say one of the most stunning places I’ve ever been. There are four different trails you can take and we tried all four– but beware, the Anna Mae trail probably isn’t the best for young children or people who don’t dig the whole climbing on rocks/muddling through rivers type of thing. However, we loved it so I highly recommend it!

If you take one trail, take the Gowan! This is where we were bestowed with the most lovely views, photograph opportunities + even a sweet Canadian couple. ;) You don’t want to miss this! 

Tonto Natural Bridge Waterfall in Tonto Natural Bridge State Park Tonto Natural Bridge in Payson, Arizona Tonto Natural Bridge-- the largest natural tavertine bridges in the world Beautiful nature in Payson, AZ

Hiking in Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Arizona Getting to Tonto Natural Bridge Javelina in Payson, AZ at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park


  • There’s a fee so don’t forget your cash! $2.00 for children 13 and younger and $5 for 14 and up.
  • Bring water!
  • If you’re going to hike the Anna Mae trail I highly recommend bringing hiking shoes.

Do you like to hike? Where are your favorite trails? 

  • Kai

    Ahh we’ve been trying to find a place to hike that was actually accessible with a sedan. Must go here!

    • Kayli Schattner

      Yes, you MUST! The windy road down can be a bit discerning but it was well worth it!

  • Carissa Townsend

    I LOVE the natural bridge!! I went a few years ago and fell in love! I’ve been wanting to go back soon!!

    • Kayli Schattner

      Definitely go back!! It was so fun actually seeing such a beautiful place WITH WATER in AZ :)

  • Kristen Greene

    Me and my boyfriend love to find new hiking trails too. Maybe one day if we fly west, we’ll visit that one! I’m afraid I might need my knee looked out too. I don’t even want to think about not being a dl to hike for a year! Lol

    • Kayli Schattner

      If you ever visit the West I highly recommend it, Kristen! :) As for your knee, it totally stinks for sure but his actually got worse because he put it off for so long (he’s a Marine + wanted to go to certain things) Maybe PT would be the only thing needed :) Good luck!

  • Kenzie S

    Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! If I ever find myself down in Arizona this is definitely going on my “must do” list!

    • Kayli Schattner

      Thanks, Kenzie!! I hope you make it out to AZ :)

  • Kayla Hollatz

    I was born in Arizona and these photos make me really miss it! I love hiking as well. The photos are gorgeous! So happy to see you enjoying the nice spring weather. Try to send some to Minnesota when you can!

    • Kayli Schattner

      Awe, cool, Kayla! I really love it here but can feel your MN Springtime– I’m from WI! Sending sunshine your way! x

  • Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren

    I have lived in Arizona now for 2 years and that is def on my list of places to visit! Looks beautiful!

    • Kayli Schattner

      So cool that you live in AZ, Lauren! Where about? I hope you take the time to visit– it was stunning.

      • Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren

        I live in Tucson!

  • Margo

    Looks like a wonderful day! I too go NUTS if I can’t get outside, so I completely understand your enthusiasm! My favorite hike is McAfee’s Knob in Southwest Virginia, though I did just go on a wonderful hike here in Germany in the Black Forest. :)

    • Kayli Schattner

      Wow, so incredible, Margo! I’d love to go to Germany and Black Forest sounds intriguing :)

  • Chelsea

    So incredibly gorgeous!

    • Kayli Schattner

      Thanks, Chelsea! It was even better in person :)

  • Amy | Club Narwhal

    Kayli, I’m so jealous that you live near such awesome hiking destinations! I feel like we have to drive forever to get somewhere even remotely as beautiful :) Looks like a lovely (and warm) day.

    • Kayli Schattner

      Awe, thank you, Amy!! It was nice + warm :) much cooler than Phoenix though which was quite nice!