Devil's Bridge via Chuck Wagon Trail [CLOSED]

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Coconino National Forest

Devil's Bridge via Chuck Wagon Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.7 miles Elevation Gain: 728 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. From the Dry Creek Vista Trailhead parking lot, you have two choices to get to Devil's Bridge. 1) Vultee Arch Road (Forest Road 152) where you will be spending one mile with high clearance vehicles, and possibly their dust or 2) Taking Chuck Wagon Trail and the connector for 2.1 miles where you will have great views and much better scenery. Dry Creek Vista Trailhead parking has NO fees. The lot handles a fair amount of cars, but it fills up quickly, so get there early. This also allows you to avoid the hottest part of the day as there is little shade.

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rocky
1 day ago

Easy hike all things considered and good lookout point.

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2 days ago

I actually enjoyed the chuckwagon 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, but I think it makes sense to use this route since devils bridge trail is pretty short anyhow. 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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3 days ago

Best way to get to Devils Bridge! Beautiful views with less tourists!

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6 days ago

Nice trail. A little rocky near the bridge. Pretty good views of the bridge if you get there early to beat the crowds. Took the road up and Chuckwagon back. Most people were courteous but there were several group walking 3 wide. They would not get in line to give you any space.

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8 days ago

We hiked Chuck Wagon trail to Devil’s Bridge trail, up to the bridge and back. Chuck Wagon trail is a relatively moderate hike with nice desert wildflowers and a few spots of shade, as well as gorgeous 360 degree views. We took Chuck Wagon instead of walking up Dry Creek because the OHVs and cars on the dirty road were kicking up huge amounts of dust. Devils Bridge trail is a pretty consistent climb with a little scrambling at the top. What made me give this 3 stars is the serious overcrowding. It’s a very popular hike with people of all ages and abilities - which makes it slow going in some parts, loud, and a little unpleasant. (I prefer my hikes on the quieter side). At the top, there was a one hour line of people waiting to get their photo taken on the bridge. We opted not to wait and instead got some nice pictures just in front of it. Overall this is a nice hike, just really crowded.

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8 days ago

We parked at Mescal and took Chuck Wagon up for ~8 mile round trip. Beautiful 360 degree views on the way up. We started at 7 am to beat the crowds and saw only 4 couples at the top in a week day during COVID.

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8 days ago

Extremely congested even for a pandemic. Lol. We got to the bridge at 8am and were already 5th in line. Get there early or skip it.

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rocky
9 days ago

Such a great hike. Definitely need to go early to enjoy the bridge. Everyone was very respectful when waiting turns to take pictures. So I would have an idea of what you want to take because there is a line. On the way down did get crowded so again go early if you can. If you haven’t done this hike it’s a definite must.

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2 months ago

Always wanted to visit this place,, it was amazing to see it in person!!

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rocky
2 months ago

Devils Bridge was incredible! Definitely do the trail via Chucks Wagon if you can- way more scenic... other route is just a dirt road. We didn’t pass anyone on Chucks Wagon it was so quite and nice. Not a lot of elevation gain until you get to the end- would recommend for anyone! Trail is currently pretty wet- wear boots if you can! (Or shoes you don’t mind trashing)

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muddy
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

This trail was hard to do in the rain. It was a great trail tho. We started off on the road because it was closed and on our way back took the chuck wagon trail. Definitely a beautiful hike and very much worth it.

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rocky
2 months ago

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muddy
2 months ago

Great views, but awesome scenery and plenty of sun on a cooler day.

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2 months ago

Impressive natural arch and amazing views most of the way to Devil’s Bridge. It was very busy, there was a line to take a picture out on the arch, but it was worth it.

recorded Recording - Feb 09, 12:57 PM

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bridge out
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

We only managed about half of this trail since we did Devils Bridge first and then Chuckwagon and our pupper was getting a little worn out, BUT OMG the views are amazing on this trail. We saw lots and lots of deer prints, along with one huge mountain lion print... not gonna lie, that shook me a bit because of our doggo. I’ll wrestle a mountain lion to keep my baby safe, lmbo. But seriously, just be aware of your surrounding and you’ll be fine! Trail did get a bit confusing when we hit an unexpected fork in the trail (we stayed to the right and it worked out for us) and there was a bunch of shade so it did get a bit chilly. We were actually looking for the secret canyon but no luck. Not sure we were on the right trail for it but either way it was amazing.

Great hike, beautiful weather

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely recommend this trail over the Jeep trail. It was beautiful! The top was chilly and a little wet, but beautiful vistas! Recommend shoes with solid tread! Really wouldn’t bring your dog on this trail if you go to the top.

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3 months ago

Great views!

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4 months ago

A 5 Star except for the crowds. Not bad on the lower trail from the parking lot. It was quite busy from where the jeeps drop off the tourist up to the arch. Awesome views. Trail is in great shape. Go early as the parking lot fills up.

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4 months ago

This is a great way to enjoy Devils Bridge and not be over crowded. There are some bikers on the chuck wagon trail but otherwise very peaceful. The bridge is very crowded but a great sight.

It was great but I would highly recommend if you can to start this hike early prior to sunrise as it’s beautiful to watch the day break to sunrise being such a beautiful site and the way the landscape around changes with the sunlight is absolutely gorgeous.

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