Tonto Natural Bridge Warm Spring

Payson, Arizona 85541

Tonto Natural Bridge Warm Spring

Tonto Natural Bridge Warm Spring Professional Review and Guide

"A warm spring with a large volume of water. The water flows out of a hillside, through a meadow, and eventually forms a dramatic waterfall. A small spring with a large flow of water comes out of the hillside within the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and flows downhill through the meadow and over a cliff. The water forms a small creek with small pools at the bottom of the cliff. The spring water is used for various purposes, but nowhere is there a place to bathe in it. Instead, there is a small trail that leads down the cliff to a better view of the natural bridge.

Although there are no bathing opportunities at this spring, it provides one of the geological wonders of the state. The Tonto Natural Bridge Warm Spring helped to form the immense travertine structure for which the state park is named. One of the nation’s largest travertine structures, the natural bridge was formed in part by the precipitate of this spring. The cliff and bridge themselves are sights to behold, and make for a pleasant day trip. The spring has been diverted through the meadow, but otherwise is in its natural state. The location is in a developed state park, with a visitor center, picnic tables, and hiking trails."

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7/26/2009
This is a very cool place to visit. The hike to the bottom of the natural bridge was easy and quick. There was a lot of other hikers, but not too much to make it seem crowded. Too bad the park doesn't allow swimming under the bridge, it would have been fun.
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11/2/2008
This is not a warm spring it averages about 70 from what I have seen. The natural spring is active and has 2 nice waterfalls and some small pools to get wet in. There is no swimming under the natural bridge but it is still a nice hike through it. http://azstateparks.com/Parks/TONA/index.html
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Payson
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Fall, spring, and summer. The spring is located at a relatively high elevation, and winters may be too cold.
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Hot Springs
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Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
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USGS Buckhead Mesa
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Aug 2018