Come See the New Pedestrian Walkway at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park!

Ribbon cutting and celebration on Wednesday

PHOENIX – Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is celebrating its newly rebuilt pedestrian bridge walkway, a project completed to help maintain this integral portion of the park for years to come.


On Wednesday, May 16, the brand-new pedestrian bridge walkway will be officially opened to the public. The walkway is part of the Gowan Trail at the park and takes visitors right over the creek, where views of the world’s largest natural travertine bridge are spectacular.


“The new bridge blends into the setting and the environment perfectly,” said Dan Roddy, park manager for Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. “People can visit today and know that in 30 years their grandchildren can have the same experience. We are so proud to have this completed just in time for Memorial Day and the start of the hiking season.”


School groups from Julia Randall Elementary will be in attendance to hear about hiking safety, the history of the park, and about the recent work to the bridge. Visitors will also be able to sign planks of wood that will be used to create benches throughout the park. Executive Director of Arizona State Parks & Trails, Sue Black, will also be present to open the bridge and the trail.


“We are so pleased with all the progress at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park,” said Black. “We have a new bridge and trails, we’ve opened Goodfellow Lodge and will soon have a brand-new cottage for overnight guests, plus we are offering even more public events. Newly appointed Park Manager Dan Roddy, his team, and the Friends of Tonto Natural Bridge are doing an outstanding job!”


WHAT: Ribbon cutting and celebration for the new pedestrian bridge walkway


WHERE: Tonto Natural Bridge State Park – 10 miles north of Payson on Highway 87


WHEN: Wednesday, May 26, 2018 from 10-11 a.m.