Tonto Natural Bridge, AZ
Located 2 hours north east of Phoenix, its a great destination for a day trip! The drive to the park entrance is pretty hilly and steep in places so make sure whoever is driving is comfortable with steep inclines and declines. Dont forget to use lower gears! Once inside the park, the trail to go down to the waterfall is the farthest back place you can park. There are bathrooms around parking areas as well. Fair warning, they are pretty gross.
Pictured above, the entrance to the park. It can be pretty crowded on weekends. When we left the park around noon, the line to get in was at least 15 cars long.
The trailhead has a ton of warnings about how “extreme” the trail is. We found however, that the hike was hilariously easy and short. Id rate our physical fitness at a 5/10. Pictured above is the view from the trail walking in.
Once your down at the bottom theres a short staircase up to the viewing area. In the spring time you can actually go inside the cave/tunnel. However in the wintertime, the water level is too high to go in.
Christine in front adding some good perspective, this place is HUGE!
Some of the really cool looking texture on the walls of the cave/tunnel.
Some of the trail walking out. And more of the cool looking earth formations.
The view of the bridge from about the middle of the parking lot. All in all Id say it would be worth a day trip if you could walk under the bridge. Otherwise its a short thrill. Id advise calling ahead and making sure its all open before heading out that way or just doing this in conjunction with the Apache trail. Thanks for reading!
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