Devils Bridge Trail

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Devils Bridge Trail is a 4.4 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
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
587 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 day ago

Expect to wait in like for a photo op... short and easy hike and beautiful. Just know you won’t be in peaceful solitude.

2 days ago

Beautiful and a little eerie while on the bridge

hiking
6 days ago

Great hike with amazing views. The path is pretty rocky, be careful not to twist an ankle and there are some steep climbs. I also recommend taking the hike under the bridge as well, the view of the arch is amazing.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail! Beautiful scenery, does have a lot of elevation within a short distance but worth it! Views are amazing at sunset.

hiking
11 days ago

Enjoyed the wonderful view. But also very steep so be aware!!

hiking
13 days ago

This is my favorite hike in Sedona. If you do not have a Jeep and drive a low clearance vehicle, park at the overflow parking lot on Vultee Arch Road. From there I highly recommend using the Chuckwagon foot trail, which runs parallel to the west of the dusty boulderfield known as the Jeep Road. If you go on a weekday, you will have it pretty much to yourself. It is 100 times more beautiful than the Jeep Road, and it is not that much longer in length. As it crosses the Jeep Road, it becomes the Devil's Bridge Trail which is super crowded. I can't even imagine doing this trail on a weekend. At the time of this writing (December 5), the sun sets behind the mountain by noon, so if you do not get there early, your pictures at the bridge will be in total shade. It is also 10 degrees cooler up there in the shade so be sure to layer your clothing.

17 days ago

We enjoyed the hike very much. Wear tennis shoes or hiking boots. Take a bottle of water. The view and bridge are definitely worth the hike.

18 days ago

Very well marked. Definitely stick to foot trails rather than Jeep road, which is like walking through sand.

hiking
20 days ago

This was a very well marked trail. I consider myself a novice hiker and would categorize this as moderate to slightly difficult due to some of the portions that required almost climbing. The climb was worth it as the view was great and the bridge was a sight to see. If you are not an experienced hiker and have very small children that would require a lot of assistance, you may want to choose an alternate trail.

hiking
21 days ago

Well worth the ascension. It doesn't feel like your standing on a slab of stone.

21 days ago

Took the Chuckwagon Trail around to the main Devils Bridge Trail. it was busy, but everybody was super respectful about space and we were never really crowded. If you don't mind sharing the trail with bikes, it's definitely worth the extra couple miles :)

hiking
22 days ago

Easy hike, more like a leisure walk. Too busy on a holiday weekend and to get a picture on the bridge there’s a Disneyland ride line. Get a fast pass! It was cool though, everyone took their turn and everyone helped each other get pics of one another and did it in an orderly manner. I just didn’t like the dusty dirt road with all the ATV’s going by. Great views!

hiking
23 days ago

easy day hike, very popular, and breath taking views

hiking
23 days ago

Avoid on holiday weekends if at all possible due to overcrowding and newer people to the idea of "trail etiquette." I would even go as far to say that in high traffic times the last quarter mile is even dangerous because of said traffic. That aside, it's a beautiful hike with an incredibly rewarding view at the end!

hiking
23 days ago

Fun hike. Very crowded. Start as early as possible. Make sure you take the side trail that goes below the bridge.

hiking
24 days ago

Nice, relaxing hike, with a rewarding vista at the finish. Would recommend going early in the day to avoid some of the Jeep-tourist groupies that start later in the day. Slight chance there will be a wait for the ‘money-shot’ on the bridge itself.

1L of water.

25 days ago

Crowded

27 days ago

Nice hike to stretch your legs out... nice views

27 days ago

Awesome hike

28 days ago

one of the best we have hiked so far. breath taking scenery all the way around. fairly easy until the end but totally worth it. do not turn around until you get to the bridge. took the mescal trailhead to avoid 4x4 road, to chuckwagon trail. little busy but everyone wants to see the beauty and are in good spirits and friendly.

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