Vultee Arch Trail

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Vultee Arch Trail is a 3.6 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.

3.6 miles
580 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 27 miles south from Flagstaff to Sedona on US 89A. Continue through Sedona to Dry Creek Road (152C) at the west end of town. Turn right on Dry Creek Road and drive for two miles to Forest Road 152. This road is rough, but can be traveled by passenger vehicles. It is not recommended during wet weather. About 4.3 miles up this road you will reach a small sandy opening or turn-a-round. Park here and proceed hiking out the east end of the opening along a short jeep trail which dead ends at a drainage. Continue on the foot path up the canyon.

1 month ago

We went via sterling pass, pointers:
1. It is 3.5 miles to reach Vultee arch from sterling pass trailhead.
2. Only 6 to 7 cars can park in the space right at the trailhead and you must have a pass which you can buy at gas stations.
3. It is a difficult trail, right from the start it is a steep hike, 1.5 hours to reach the highest point then an hour descending to reach the trail going to the arch it self. It is a steep climb to the arch, so please wear hiking shoes with good tract, and if you want to walk on the arch, you must conquer your fear of height if you have any

1 month ago

Note that this is a 11.8 mile round trip to the arch itself. 4 miles on an off road then 1.4 to the arch on single footpath. Varied scenery and we had this all to ourselves.

off road driving
2 months ago

I would recommend a high clearance vehicle. You can drive to the trailhead. It's a 1.5 mile hike from the trailhead to the arch. Ran into a few vehicles on the road, but not a single person on the trail.

off road driving
4 months ago

6 months ago

7 months ago

This route is entirely on a Jeep Rd. You could instead connect the trails to the west to get to the end. The end of this route is not Voltee Arch, it is the end of the road. There the trail begins to another 1.5 miles to the arch. Beautiful area, I only suggest not taking the jeep road and keep in mind there's another 3 miles round trip at the end.

9 months ago

Sunday, October 23, 2016

In conjunction with sterling pass you can miss the heavily trafficked road. The arch is very similar to devils bridge, but less confit traffic make this one more appealing. Great fall colours.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

off road driving
Monday, April 04, 2016

Fun trail to go on if you looking for moderate terrain for your 4x4. this trail has amazing scenery all throughout the trail. The trail is moderately trafficked by other but everyone is extremely polite when driving around you.

Friday, March 11, 2016

If you've done Devil's Bridge you have done Vultee Arch (and vice versa). Both leave from the same road and both are about the same hiking distance. Fairly flat trail until you reach the arch. Depending on the time of year, you'll see a lot of flowering bushes and lush greenery. This sets it apart from Devil's Bridge. Vultee also has a lower chance of encountering other hikers.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Awesome trail all wheel drive vehicle need it .

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Depending on where you access the trail, you need a high clearance vehicle from the Dry Creek Rd access. Otherwise it's about a 4 mile walk to the trailhead.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Very nice hike. Razored in from dry creek trail parked at vultee trailhead hiked in about 1.8 miles to arch. Nice trail with lots of trees and deer tracks. Easy in and out.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Hike from Sterling Pass trail starting just north of Manzanita campground. You'll see the red trail climbing upward and there is a narrow place to park your car off the road.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

November 30, 2013: Two days of heavy rain the week before postponed our plans to hike this trail along Sterling Creek. The Coconino National Forest web site recommends a high clearance vehicle and to avoid travel during wet weather. They weren't kidding! We were able to make it in a Ford E350 2WD van. The road ends at the Vultee Trail. If you want to go to the Vultee Arch but avoid 4 miles of very rough road, I suggest taking the Sterling PassTrail. It's 2.1 mile trail (one way) vs 1.7 miles. Some web sites indicate a Red Rock Pass is required for the Vultee Trail and can be obtained at the junction of Dry Creek Rd and FR152. Neither is true. There is parking for about 10 vehicles.
The Vultee Trail is an easy hike with a gradual climb until you get to the bronze plaque placed in memorium of Gerard and Sylvia Vultee who lost their lives in an aircraft crash on January 29, 1938. We hiked in the late morning and remained in the mountain shadow most of the time. The leaves had already dropped this day before December, and the pine beetles have taken their toll on the pine, but the views of the mountains are beautiful. The trail was clear. Downed trees that had fallen across the trail were recently sectioned to provide uninhibited access along the entire path. There are a few rocky places where the trail crosses the creek bed. Though it rained the week prior, the creek was dry.
There is now a clear trail that goes to the Vultee Arch so no bushwacking is necessary. Getting onto the arch is not for the faint of heart.
There are several other trailheads along FR152, as well as another trailhead at the parking area for Vultee Trail. So one could make a full day hiking and enjoying the wilderness in this area.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Trail was fair. Mostly going along the bottom or on the side of a dry creek bed. Did not get steep until the last 1/4 mile. There is no defined trail to the top of the arch. Was very steep and included some rock climbing and a lot of scrub brush getting there. The trail was covered with alot of trees so it was shaded until you got to the arch. The road in was a decent dirt road. Can get bad in wet weather.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Easy hike back to see the arch. Also noticed an optical illusion arch below and left of Vultee.

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