Devils Bridge Trail

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Devils Bridge Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Devils Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch located in the Sedona area of the Coconino National Forest. This is a very popular hike that offers breathtaking views of Red Rock country. It is a steep but short hike. The official trailhead starts off the unpaved portion of Dry Creek Road and requires a high clearance vehicle to access. If you only have a low clearance vehicle, you can park at the Dry Creek Road trailhead at the paved section, approximately 1 mile from trailhead, or at the Mescal Trailhead located on Long Canyon Road. Depending on where you park you have a few routes to choose from to access Devils Bridge Trail, including the unpaved portion of Dry Creek Road, Chuckwagon Trail, or Mescal to Chuckwagon Trail. From the parking area off of the unpaved portion of Dry Creek Road, follow the trailmarker for Devil's Bridge Trail. The early portion of the trail was originally a jeep trail so it is smooth and traverses through washes filled with juniper and prickly pear cactus. The path gently inclines uphill and gets steeper as you continue on. About 3/4 of a mile from the parking area the trail will come to a fork and you will go left. Here you'll end up at the base of the bridge. You will then continue up a natural rock staircase from which there are beautiful views. You will reach another level of stairs which will take you up to the bridge. This popular trail is certainly a tourist attraction so make sure to arrive early to avoid large crowds. This is a fun hike for the whole family.

6 hours ago

Pretty hike. I took chucks wagon trail to avoid car traffic and to enjoy the scenery. Easy hike and worth the view.

1 day ago

The best short hike in town. Its THAT picture you will send to ALL your friends.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

We hiked Devils Bridge in the rain yesterday morning and pretty much had the trail to ourselves. We were worried it would be a bit slick but we went early in the morning and it wasn’t too slippery (the Jeep road to the trailhead was the worst part). I was worried after reading reviews that the trail would be packed with people but the rain kept most away and we were able to have some time to ourselves at the bridge to take it in and enjoy. There’s a steep rock climb towards the last part of the hike but other than that it was very easy to do. We can’t wait to come back and hike it again!

hiking
2 days ago

We hiked to Devil's Bridge on 2/15/2019. Our route followed Dry Creek Rd to Devil's Bridge trail and then back on Chuck's Wagon trail, for a total of 4.6 miles (767 feet gain). It had rained the day before so the trails were wet and muddy in some places but not too slippy. Overall, we thought the trail was easy except the rock climb towards the top of Devil's Bridge, which we considered moderate.

hiking
4 days ago

We took Chuckwagon Trail to the dirt road that leads to actual trail. The trail was easy to follow and while there were many people, it didn’t seem overly crowded. The views are magnificent every step of the way. This trail was on the easy side of moderate. There is only a small area where you must climb steep rocks to get to the very top.

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rocky
4 days ago

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5 days ago

Excellent hike for dogs and adventurous kiddos. There was snow on the trail at 8:30am today but was melting fast. If you start before 9, you’ll have it mostly to yourself but only very briefly. It gets busy fast. I would put it on the easy end of moderate. We were in and out (stopping for a ton of pictures, too) in about 2 hours.

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rocky
6 days ago

Did this on a beautiful day in February. Hike was very rocky. I didn’t make it to the top, but my younger 3 friends did. Great long hike!

hiking
scramble
6 days ago

So fun! If you leave from the trailhead parking lot the early part of the hike alternates between a trail and wide dirt road that 4x4s can go down. Very easy until the end when there are some steep parts to get up to the arch. Leave early to beat the crowds all waiting for their pictures on the arch.

6 days ago

awseome trail, get there early and take the road to the trail then take chuckwagon trail back for awesome views.

trail running
6 days ago

Sorry for the late review, but I did this trail the late Summer of 2017 at sunrise. Was the only one out there on a Thursday morning and it was amazing. Definitely worth waking up at the hotel at 415 to be there by sunrise.

7 days ago

Busy! Also, don't sit on the ledge for social media stardom...

Definitely a must do Arizona hike! Gorgeous views. Crowded though!

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike, the devils bridge is very beautiful and perfect for photos... dog friendly hike. You
Have a nice two section climb right before the bridge... did it w my husband and husky easy, but a lot of ppl seem to not be able to do it...

Long dirt road that’s boring I would take the single track instead if you want to avoid crowds and a more pretty way out and back.

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rocky
8 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this trail after it rained, so the ground was a bit muddy. Easy hike, only gets challenging right near the end, stepping up rocks. Beautiful views and walkout onto the bridge/arch.

11 days ago

it's a fun trail, some good climbing towards the end. Great views

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful, tranquil hike... get there early for parking/ less to no crowd at the bridge. Went 2/3 was muddy but who doesn’t like red mud on their boots!!!

hiking
12 days ago

I LOVED this hike! Fairly easy, it was a rainy day so it was a bit muddy getting to the trailhead. The bridge is gorgeous and felt great walking it. Highly recommend this hike!

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muddy
rocky
14 days ago

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15 days ago

Overall easy trek. Beautiful views.

hiking
15 days ago

The trail had some great views leading to the arch; from the green plants, blue skies, red rock and tan tips, you are exposed to some very scenic landscapes. I recommend getting there early to beat the crowd. People had to take turns walking across the bridge. Nevertheless, the hike is worth it. Great spot to travel with a friend and snap some cool pics.

15 days ago

The bridge is gorgeous. I still like the Cathedral Rock hike a little bit more but this was easier than that. Went after sunrise. The bridge was in the light around 9.30 am or so.

hiking
17 days ago

Walking on the bridge feels good.

hiking
17 days ago

Walking on the bridge feels good.

hiking
17 days ago

This was a harder hike to complete. Mostly due to elevation differences. I live in Florida so the breathing was difficult. Lots of rocks and steep, be prepared to get on your hands and knees in some areas. Completed 01/2019.

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rocky
17 days ago

Nice steady uphill hike. View is worth it! Natural stairs make going uphill pretty easy.

hiking
18 days ago

We waited patiently for 20 minutes in parking lot waiting for a spot before parking at Chuck Wagon trailhead. Just 5 minutes walk to parking lot/bathroom. No parking permit needed.

Here's the link. Read some comments. HIGHLY SUGGEST THIS ROUTE to the same end.
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/devils-bridge-via-chuck-wagon-trail

hiking
20 days ago

The Arch itself is really cool, the colors are great and it is worth it. But, there is a significant down side and that is the hike from wherever you park, on Dry Creek Rd or the parking lot, to the actual trail head. This is about .75 miles on a paved road then Jeep road with 4WD Jeep's going by you. Most are commercial outfits giving people the 4WD experience plus a cool hike. Inhaling their exhaust and the dirt they lock up is a major drag.

hiking
20 days ago

As this hike is rated as moderate and for the most part it is until you reach the last part of the hike and that’s where it turns into hard but is also the most scenic part of the entire hike and is definitely worth it. Not recommended for elderly or children as this last part could easily become tragic with very steep inclines and rock climbing.
Please be very careful here but enjoy the final steps it’s beautiful at the top.

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