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.

1 hour ago

Worth the trek to the top. The view is amazing and I highly recommend it! Do it!

3 hours ago

absolutely breath taking

4 days ago

Awesome hike, parked at the trailhead and then hiked the long way up past chuckwagon. Amazing views from the arch.

hiking
6 days ago

Amazing Trail, Amazing Views! Worth the climb to magnificent magic!

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful and fairly easy hike. Well worth the view from the top. I started early - around 6am and had the summit all to myself for about 30 minutes - by the time I got down many people were hiking the trail. Doing it early is advisable not only because it’s cooler, but also because it will be less crowded. Well worth doing.

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9 days ago

Great hike with amazing views. Some steeps spots towards the top so be cautious if you’re not an experienced hiker or not wearing correct footwear. Also, if you are hiking in summer months be sure to bring a lot of water—YOU WILL NEED IT! The bridge at the end of the hike is an amazing photo op and well worth the hike. A MUST SEE!! Love this hike.

hiking
10 days ago

On a cross country roadtrip, I made a stop here and hiked this lovely trail. Very different to Washington’s mountains, but it was amazing!
Red sand and views to die for. Highly recommend. Bring lots of water, it gets very hot.

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10 days ago

This was a beautiful hike. Be weary of the heat and bring plenty of water if it's summer. The top is absolutely worth it!

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11 days ago

Great hike up! This app takes you the longer way, but if you go down long canyon road and park in the parking lot it’s a 4 mile hike round trip. If you have a vehicle appropriate for dirt roads you can go right up to the trail head and it’d be about 2 miles round trip. The views were incredible. The trail was labeled well also. Not a huge crowd probably due to the heat in mid afternoon.

hiking
12 days ago

Great views,
A few steep segments , but not too bad.

Bridge itself was much wider than anticipated.

Drove to the trail head parking lot with a 2WD not so new with average clearance SUV, I made it in and out OK but I was regretting it the whole time.

Completed Devil's bridge and Cathedral rock on the same morning. Devil's bridge seemed easier to me.

hiking
15 days ago

Gorgeous and friendly people. I went from mescal trail head parking.

15 days ago

Its very nice once you finally make it to the bridge. Do not go on a hot day because there is not a lot of shade

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15 days ago

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15 days ago

It’s nice bring lots of cold water and don’t go on a hot day there’s not much shade

15 days ago

Great destination and amazing view points! Go early in the summer months. It gets hot and little shade.

16 days ago

good stuff a real butt kicker at the end.

hiking
20 days ago

Great views and a short easy hike. The bridge comes out of nowhere. A little touristy since it’s easy and people wait in line to have their picture taken on the bridge.

21 days ago

Nice

hiking
22 days ago

Started on the Dry Creek Road trail - a short walk to the Devils Bridge trailhead. Easy hike. Last 500 feet is a steep rocky staircase but views are amazing

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike. A little more than I thought it would be. Great views and a great start to the morning.

hiking
26 days ago

The bridge is an awesome site to behold! Breath taking view!

We were able to park in the main lot and started our hike on the Dry Creek Rd. trail, which adds to the overall length of the hike.

Dry Creek Rd has an off shoot trail that joins the Devil's Bridge trail about 2/3 the way down the unpaved, rocky road that leads to the trail head.

As others have posted, majority of the hike is in the sun, so hydration is critical.

Once you near the top, you must ascend rock formation stairs up to the bridge area.

Our wait to go on the bridge was short, but we past a lot amount of hikers on the way back down.

Plan your hike early in the AM, to avoid the large groups and the heat of the day!

27 days ago

Amazing

hiking
1 month ago

Easy going, very crowded... pictures and time was worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Didn't have a huge truck or ATV and arrived around 10:30 am on a Saturday so had to park on the side of the main road and walk all of the way to the trailhead, but it also offers some great scenic views and can be a good workout. The hike to the top was definitely worth it. There was a bit of climbing using all limbs, but that is a very small portion of the trail near the top. Great photo op and bring lots of water!

hiking
1 month ago

amazing place really easy hike

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1 month ago

Most of the hike is easy. However there is almost no shade on the trail and it’s HOT!! Bring lots of water! Especially if there are no clouds in the sky like it was when we went.

Once you start getting towards the end it gets a little more challenging, but there are pretty good steps. The bridge is an incredible sight to see!

Depending on the time you go it can be pretty crowded, or not too bad.

hiking
1 month ago

Really boring hike with minimal challenge. Had wait 25-30 people to get on the bridge...so it’s a bit slow and crowded

1 month ago

This is a moderate trail. The bridge itself scared me, not really because of the danger of such natural architecture, but because of the superhuman nature of the other visitors. Respect this bridge!

The first 1.5 miles are easy to moderate, the last .5 is a series of well constructed steps etc..

Tip, Bring eyewear. The blowing red dust can be an irritant. Beautiful. But annoying.

We brought a novice hiker with us and completed it in about 2.5 hours. It was a great hike.

We hike a lot - we made a rookie mistake on hydration. Today, in June, you needed at least two liters, or 4 bottles, per person. Don’t make this mistake - please!

1 month ago

loved the views! I did this with friends during the heat of the day. we had to stop a couple times on our way up to take water breaks. I would do this one again and probably do it before the afternoon in the summer time.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views of Sedona the entire length of the trail. It’s a little tricky navigating where to park, and how to get to the actual trailhead. Luckily we ran into a ranger that helped us figure it out. Have to walk about a mile down a dirt road before reaching the actual trailhead. Trail overall is pretty simple. I little bit of steepness closer to the top. But once you reach the actual bridge it is AMAZING!

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