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.

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.

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8 hours ago

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 45 minutes 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

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12 hours ago

5/29/20 First time attempting the hike. Started the trail around 6:20pm-8:30pm. Ended up walking back in the dark. Take a flashlight if you go in the afternoon. Warm and a little windy. Not too busy. Lots of friendly people up there. Take water as well. Bridge was kinda’ scary but it’s a great view for selfies and Instagram pose. Loved it.

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rocky
17 hours ago

We went yesterday (a Thursday) around 12pm. It wasn’t busy as it had gotten a little warmer. The cloud coverage helped. On our way back we it was getting busier. I could tell the trail would be a nightmare if it was busy. There’s a large portion on the way to the trailhead that’s loose dirt. Anytime a Jeep drives by dust is kicked up into the air and you can’t breathe.

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1 day ago

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1 day ago

Hike 6/26/2020 Very nice trail, moderately easy. Once you get closer the bridge there are many rock steps to climb can be a little rough. The bridge is beautiful and many blooming cactus and wildflowers . Was a little crowded had to wait to climb up to the bridge cause the path had heavy traffic. We went about 830am . Loved the the hike

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1 day ago

I actually enjoyed the side trail up to devil bridge trailhead more than the actual devils bridge trail, although it was still nice. You can get directly to the devils bridge trailhead if you have a good offroad vehicle. If not then can just walk the dirt road to the devils bridge trailhead or take the scenic route through dry creek / chuckwagon trail (adds ~1 mile) - recommend this route. I recorded the hike in 4k so you can view it here for reference: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFCcB03vM-nepESoPJ4KvA

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2 days ago

Overrated honestly. If Disney was a trail, this would be it. Everyone told us we had to do this trail when in Sedona but it was slammed with people which put a damper on the experience. Parking was a nightmare around 9am but we found a spot on the street. The most unpleasant part of this trail is the 2 mile walk down a dirt road where you’re dodging jeeps and 4X4s the entire time. Once on the very short trail it was packed with people so much so that we had to wait in line to go up more difficult spots. Views were good and it’s a really great place for pictures but BEWARE, if you want a photo ON the bridge you will have to wait in line. This Saturday it was about AN HOUR WAIT! I say skip this trail unless going very early or during an off peak season.

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2 days ago

if you manage to get here when there isn't a crowd, it's a decent trail. the views are mediocre for Sedona, honestly looks better in pictures. if you get here when there is a crowd, the cars line up for miles on both sides of the road. It is like going to the mall during the holidays. If your goal is to get a good Instagram picture and crowds don't deter you, it's a sufficient hike. if your goal is to enjoy nature, go really early or really late.

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4 days ago

Great trail - 4.4mi. out and back from the overflow parking lot. Easy hike for majority of the trail but there is an steep incline going up to the bridge but there is a great layout of rock staircases to make it easy to find and to get up to the top. Beautiful views! Started at 7:00pm and made it to the top for the sunset and hiked back down, felt safe even in the dark and going in the evening it wasn’t packed.

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4 days ago

One of Sedona’s most popular hikes and everyone in Sedona is there! Made the mistake of going late in the morning and it was packed full of people. If you want to enjoy nature avoid the crowds and get there early! It was hard to enjoy with so many people on the trail and people love to bring their speakers and play their loud music! I don’t understand why people bring speakers hiking!! It is a gorgeous hike but too many people.

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rocky
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5 days ago

We did this hike at 530am to avoid lines of people and parking issues. Impossible to drive to the trailhead unless you have truck or off road vehicle. I would not even take the road in our suv. We parked at the trailhead for dry creek vista, walked the service road to the trail head for devils bridge. 3.5 miles total. By the time we left cars were already lining the main road.

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5 days ago

Almost all of this trail is easy. There is about a .10 mile that you go straight up, then it levels out and your at the bridge. Beautiful views from the bridge. If you’re not there by 7am, there will be a line of people for pictures. If you like crowds and breathing dust from dirt atv trail. Then wait until after 8am to start and you’ll have plenty of both.

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5 days ago

Hey! Join the crowds from out of state following the COVID CORRIDOR to stand for more than 40 minutes (shoulder to shoulder) while everyone laughs and shouts looking silly taking a pic to remember when they were healthy and not infected with a nasty virus. Sure, you are outdoors, but the vapor is carried on the wind...and then deposited in the local store and eateries. Thanks!

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rocky
5 days ago

Heavy traffic due to Memorial Day weekend, had to wait 45 mins to cross the bridge, but it was definitely worth the wait. Great views, trail was rocky and okay...not very scenic and fun on the way up.

6 days ago

incredible. worth every step.

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rocky
6 days ago

Wasn’t a huge fan of the off road access path leading to trailhead. Lots of jeeps and trucks passing by while walking to the trailhead. But awesome when you get to the bridge. Get an early start because the photo line for the bridge gets really long.

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7 days ago

The bridge is well worth the trip! Get there extremely early because the later it gets, the more traffic there will be and the line to walk out on the bridge can get extremely long.

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7 days ago

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7 days ago

We got to the road to the trail at 5:45am so had it to ourselves. The road had nice views itself. The climb to the bridge was fun and the view from the bridge was great! Spent quite a bit of time on the bridge and enjoyed it very much!

8 days ago

a little touristy for me, kids and people of all ages on this one. when I got to the top there was no where to sit and everyone just turns all at once when you get to the bridge. if it was more low key and off the beaten path I would have loved it

Meh, kinda a one and done hike though I’ve done it several times with different friends. Finally took my husband, he w joyed the view at the top but just not really my kinda hike. Maybe because it’s always over crowded and tons of kids yelling at the top.

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9 days ago

This is a hike where the reward is truly at the top when you reach Devil's Bridge. Three quarters of the hike up is on a dusty, rocky dirt road. Once you actually get on a trail you hit the steps going up! This was the busiest trail we witnessed in Sedona because of the photo opportunity at Devil's Bridge. The view is truly breathtaking. Bring plenty of water, wear light hiking shoes and a hat. And of course, a camera for the grand photo opportunity.

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rocky
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9 days ago

The views are worth this difficult hike- however, I definitely would rate this trail harder than most have as the very top part to get to the actual bridge (literally the last maybe .2-.3 of the trail) requires you to climb on your hands and knees to make it (think almost rock climbing stance) which was bad going up- but a nightmare going down as my friend was wearing casual gym shoes. We accessed this trail via Dry Creek road. LOTS of people were there on a weekend (even though this trail is technically closed) and parts of this path make it impossible to social distance. Wear APPROPRIATE hiking shoes, and you’ll be fine as parts of the rock are VERY slippery from sand and you hike incredibly close to drop offs throughout the higher portions of this trail! My friends and I started our hike at 11 am, and finished this trail at 5pm. Took lots of water breaks and PACED ourselves! Had to warn late comers who asked about the distance as they just didn’t seem to be aware of how long this trail truly is. These groups were in slip on shoes, no water bottles, carrying babies etc. which was super concerning!!! Be safe, and you’ll be fine! And, yes, there’s PLENTY of shaded areas! Get ready to work hard for a beautiful once in a lifetime view!

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rocky
10 days ago

Great trail, amazing views. Not too busy.

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10 days ago

Great trail! I little windy but getting to the top was worth it.

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10 days ago

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