Tonto Natural Bridge State Park RV & Campground Guide

Arizona

Located about halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff, Tonto Natural Bridge State Park features some of the most unique rock formations in Arizona. Of course, the star of the show is the park's natural arch that resembles a bridge. The arch at Tonto is considered to be one of the largest natural travertine bridges on the planet.

The most pleasant time of the year to visit Tonto Natural Bridge is in the springtime, where high temperatures sit in the mid to high 80s, and fruit trees within the park blossom with colorful flowers. The late fall is also quite pleasant and produces the same temperatures as the spring as well as some beautiful colors of its own. As for extremes, the park's summer temperatures hover in the high 90s and drop to around 30 degrees in the winter.

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Weather
Spring 37-87 F
Summer 52-88 F
Fall 28-71 F
Winter 27-61 F
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Nearby Cities
Payson, AZ
Pine, AZ
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Camping is prohibited at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park; however, there is a decent selection of camping spots in the area, most of which cater to RVs. In an RV, you'll be primed to take advantage of the park and enjoy an overall more comfortable and delightful experience.

If you don't have an RV, then you can rent one from RVshare. The platform has practically every type of RV imaginable for rent. When you rent from RVshare, you also get the benefit of a support team, which includes 24-hour customer service and roadside assistance.

Pine Creek RV Park

Pine Creek is a clean facility with gorgeous views of Pine Creek and the Mogollon Rim. It features an unending population of tall ponderosa pines that provide beauty and shade. The RV park has an elevation of 5,500 feet, making it a cool destination in the summer months. Pine Creek pricing starts at $45 a night or $175 a week.

• Website: Pine Creek RV Park

• Location: Pine, AZ

• Water hookup: Yes (potable water is available)

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Laundry, fire pits

Houston Mesa Campground

This campground is located in Tonto National Forest, which encompasses nearly 3 million acres of space and has many hiking and horseback riding trails. It's situated at 5,200 feet and features lots of trees, shrubs, and wildlife. Fees for camping at Houston Mesa range from $8-$24 per night.

• Website: Houston Mesa Campground

• Location: Payson

• Water hookup: No

• Electrical hookup: No

• Sewer hookup: No

• Wi-Fi: No

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Drinking water, flush toilets

Payson Campground RV Resort

Payson Campground RV Resort is located in downtown Payson, making it a convenient place to set up camp for a while. Although within town, it offers sweeping views of the surrounding forests and mountains. Pricing starts at $42 a night and $256 a week.

• Website: Payson Campground RV Resort

• Location: Payson, AZ

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Laundry, playground, basketball hoop, hot showers, pool, sun deck

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What to Do at
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

There are four developed trails at Tonto Natural Bridge: Pine Creek Trail, Waterfall Trail, Gown Trail, and Anna Mae Trail. While they're all are steep and strenuous, they're not very long (the longest is about half a mile).

Inside Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

The on-site museum contains informative exhibits that detail the area's history, flora and fauna, and the historic Tonto Lodge. There's also a slideshow and paintings dedicated to the natural bridge. If you want to enjoy a meal after hiking and enjoying the museum, you can break out the picnic basket and post up at any one of the many picnic tables around the park.

Outside Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Yes, the Tonto Natural Bridge is the big draw of the area. However, there are lots of other attractions here as well. There's great restaurants and shops you can visit while in Pine.

Restaurants

HB's Place

HB's Place is an old family restaurant with generations of experience providing delicious food to locals and visitors alike. They serve American classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Type: Americana

Location: Pine, AZ

Old County Inn

Old Country Inn isn't your basic pizza joint. The restaurant crafts wood-fired pies that surpass the quality and flavor of pizzas made in gas or electric ovens. Old Country Inn also makes a wide variety of salads and desserts.

Type: Pizza

Location: Pine, AZ

That Brewery

That Brewery is a great place to check out if you're into craft beers. They've got quite a few of them on tap. They also have a great selection of American classic food, including burgers, chili, soups, salads, and more.

Type: Americana

Location: Pine, AZ

The Randall House

The Randall House is a delicious choice for breakfast or lunch. Their breakfast menu includes classic choices, such as a variety of omelets and scrambles, and lunch includes burgers, hot and cold sandwiches, and soups and salads. 

Type: Americana

Location: Pine, AZ

Hot Stuff Pizza

Hot Stuff Pizza makes great pizzas, and it makes them fast and delicious. They also serve a selection of other foods, including breakfast burritos, sandwiches, snacks and desserts. 

Type: Pizza, Americana

Location: Pine, AZ

Shopping

Saint Vincent de Paul Shopping Mall

Stop in this thrift shopping center to pick up some quirky cool clothes, trinkets, appliances, and old furniture at very low prices.

Location: Payson, AZ

Main Street Mercantile

Main Street Mercantile is an antique store and a whole lot more. You can find Navajo rugs, old-west items, toys, retro signs and more.

Location: Payson, AZ

Sightseeing

Rim Country Museums and Zane Grey Cabin

Rim Country Museum and Zane Grey Cabin are great places to visit to get a little natural and cultural history lessons. The museum, which is two stories, expounds on the settlers and Native Americans who called Rim Country home.

Location: Payson, AZ

Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery

The Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery is an impressive operation that's worth a visit. While there, you can tour the facility and see how trout rearing works. Most impressive is the feeding session at the trophy trout-feeding pond. 

Location: Payson, AZ

Mogollon Rim

If you're into vast expanses and views as far as the eye can see, then you'll love Mogollon Rim. It's a rugged escarpment and offers not only spectacular vistas but also great hiking, lake boating, and fishing. 

Location: Coolidge, AZ

Shoofly Indian Archaeological Site

For a blast from the past, check out the Shoofly Indian Archaeological Site. It was the home of a group of Native Americans from about 1000 to 1200 AD. It is said that as many as 250 people inhabited Shoofly.

Location: Payson, AZ

Diamond Point

Diamond Point is a beautiful area that offers some great views. You may also find some find striking crystals that look like Herkimer diamonds.

Location: Payson, AZ

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How to Get to
Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Highway 260 provides the only route to get to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. The 260 is accessible from Highway 87 from both the north and the south. Highway 260 is also accessible from I-17 when coming from the north. Once on the 260, you'll drive until you get to Nf-583, which only heads west. Take this road and follow it as it turns into Nf-583a, which leads directly to the park.

Entering Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

The park is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. The cost to enter the park is reasonable, and it is based on age.

Adults (14+) : $7

Children (7-13) : $3

Children (under 7) : $0

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