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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 is primarily used for hiking and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 564 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

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Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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Scramble

No shade

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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.

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Randy LeJeune
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Pilar Arias
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Didn't like the unofficial part of the hike from parking on the road to the trailhead. A lot of people take trucks/SUVs/4x4s in instead.

Russ Tanner
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HikingGreat!Rocky

If you get to the bridge by sunset, it's spectacular. I made a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4HQfDLlvKM Just be careful at the top. It's a hundred-foot drop with lose sandstone gravel.

Justin Morales
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HikingGreat!

The trail was absolutely fantastic, a nice easy hike in and some challenging bouldering near the top. The views are second to none. We woke up at 6 am, were out there by 7, and had no problem finding parking on a Tuesday.

Stephanie Kelly
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Parking lot at the overflow was nearly full at 8:30 on a Tuesday so get there early! Walked down the dirt road and wasn’t too bad. Bring tons of water

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Richard Villescas
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail. Easy to follow. The final ascent to devils bridge is the most difficult as you are literally climbing up steps. Incredible views the entire trail. Left the parking lot at 6pm and was back by 8pm, spent maybe 15-20 min near the bridge. Distance 3.8 miles

Kellie Cheer
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Nature tripsGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

Parked at Mescal trailhead at 6:55am and headed in to connect on the Chuckwagon and then arrive at the DB trailhead. This was a lovely stroll to the DB starting area. Mescal has a small parking lot if you don’t have a Jeep or 4x4 and it’s beautiful. Lots of shade in the beginning and then desolate, incredible views of the red rocks about half way in. The last .7 miles are pretty strenuous and keep getting more vertical. It is very doable, but wear proper footwear and be prepared for sandy rocks. It is an incredible trip up and it is worth the work to get there. *We watched many people sitting on the edge of the bridge and running across it. Please be cautious and courteous. And don’t take unnecessary risks. There is no railing on the bridge and no one wants to see an accident. Bring PLENTY of water. Absolutely loved this hike and it’s something I will never forget. I attribute this almost to my first trip to the Grand Canyon. It is truly amazing to see!

Erika Thrower
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HikingGreat!

great trail for experts and novice. not much shade but it shows up right when you need it. last 1/4 gets pretty steep but if you take your time it's not too bad.

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Nathan Vanengen
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We woke up earlier than the bird. We were the early bird. Started at around 5 AM. Arriving at the trailhead, the milky way was visible in the dark Sedona sky. We ate breakfast in the parking lot before the dirt road. Halfway through the trail, we were able to turn off our headlamps as the sun was our new source of light. We then reached a red sandstone cliff, the birds started to chirp, and the incredible Devils Bridge poked out of the wilderness. The worm was delicious. Enjoying the vast view, almost an hour went by until others found the bridge. Perfect temperature for an early morning hike. This is the only sunrise hike you will ever need to do. Follow me on Instagram @nathan_vanengen for photos and more amazing places to visit in the southwest :)

DB Page
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Great sunrise hike! We 4x4’d down to the trailhead. High clearance 4x4 required and you will bang your skid plates on the threshold. The hike was short but required climbing and was amazing. The view as the sun came up and lit up the far side of the canyon was perfect.

Char C
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Parked at Dry Creek and hiked in. Brought my 9mo old lab puppy and she did great. Left the car around 5:30pm and finished at 7:30pm. Took our time, stopped for 30min at the arch and didnt push ourselves. Gorgeous golden hour light for the majority of it, as well as shade and breeze. Wear good shoes. Bring several liters of water per person.

Samantha Beacham
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If you’re looking for something dog friendly, we went out with a 4 month old springer spaniel and it was perfect for him! The end he needed a little help up and down but other than that it’s a nice trail with some beautiful views! Bring plenty of water, get there early, and be prepared for very little shade. We look forward to coming back when it’s about 10 degrees cooler!!

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Kimberly Hart
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Went during the week early in the morning and there were a few people on the trail. I saw 4-5 off road vehicles at the beginning of the trail. Loved the views from the top but did not walk out on devils bridge. On my back I avoided the trail with the off road vehicles and took wagon wheel back. Great hike overall. Only saw 2 people on wagon wheel.

Kate Parrott
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Went on a week day at 5p- it was still 100degrees but if you can handle dry heat then I highly recommend hiking at this time. Golden hour was brilliant and there was hardly anyone on the trail and maybe 3 groups of other people at the bridge. My sister and I were really able to take in the beauty of Sedona and look at the bridge without people taking a zillion pics on it. Bring plenty of water. Mostly easy trail, small scramble towards the end but doable. Enjoy!

Justin Shubert
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Hiking

Nice view up top but really crowded (on a Saturday in July)

Casey Peck
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Rock climbingGreat!Off trailRocky

It is definitely a long walk to the Devil’s Bridge when you don’t have an off road vehicle. There are some shades along the trail. It is gets very hot during the summer, I highly recommend to do it when it is cooler to have a more pleasant experience. However, it is worth it once you reach the Devil’s Bridge. It is a very beautiful sight up there. Also, I would recommend to bring lots of water bottles to keep yourself hydrated during this hike.

Paulo Lee
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nice hike , there is a Big Line at the Top " Devil's Bridge " so if you wanna take a pic..come early or just wait and enjoy watching everyone taking photo .

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Jennifer Guilmette
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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

Amazing well worth the trip and heat. Go early Listen to your body Wear good shoes Pack more than a water bottle 2-3L (surprised how many people walked I with just one bottle of water. Attention parents: please listen to and watch your children. It will be hot, it will be long. There’s zero need for a kid to be miserable especially if they are not used to both the heat and hikes. If needed turn around while it is safe to do so.

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