Hike the Pine Creek Loop in Tonto Natural Bridge SP

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Distance

1.8 miles

Elevation Gain

300 ft

Route Type

Loop

Added by Lacie Griego

The largest natural travertine bridge in the world. A 400 foot long tunnel with beautiful turquoise pools in the bottom that opens to a gorgeous riparian area.

There is a fee to enter this area. It was $7 when we went. There are 4 trails with many viewpoints from the parking lot, all of which are out and back. We followed the recommendation of the ranger working at the visitor's center and took the Gowan Trail down to the observation deck located in the creek bottom. This park can be very crowded on weekends and holidays. We went on a day that was a little bit rainy and had the place to ourselves.

The trail to the observation deck was steep in spots but very well maintained. From the end of the observation deck you can explore underneath the bridge which is full of deep turquoise pools. The travertine dissolved in the water is what causes it to have the turquoise color. There are some arrows painted to mark the best way to get through the 400 foot long tunnel. When you come out the other side you're in a beautiful riparian area. If you're lucky you might see some coatimundi while exploring here. You can then take the Anna Mae Trail for a short distance and then take the Pine Creek Trail back up out of the creek.

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Great Place to Spend the Day Exploring

The Natural Bridge is always a fun place to explore. The rocks are very slippery under the bridge so be sure to wear shoes with a good grip. I always like to hike the trail so that I end at the bridge.

A surprise gem

This was an awesome surprise and a must visit state park. Plenty of trails and creeks to explore and the cave is stunning.

Wow! Amazing Cave and Beautiful Trail

This cave is humongous and stunning - but make sure you have grippy shoes, because those wet rocks are incredibly slick (I saw two people slide). Easy way to turn an ankle. For the hike, it's a ton of boulder/rock hopping, but is a blast. If you have the time, I highly recommend hiking the trail to the cave, and not doing the paved/stair entrance to the cave. The trail is much more fun!

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4.7/5

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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