Devil’s Bridge Trail – Sedona, AZ

by Melissa on January 16, 2011

Devil’s Bridge Trail is one of the most popular hikes in Sedona, Arizona.

Devil’s Bridge itself is the largest natural sandstone arch in Sedona, and the hike to the arch is usually a moderately easy one, but in the winter it’s a whole other story. Because of the recent rain, the dirt path that you can usually take to get to the parking lot is closed off to vehicles, so we had to hike the extra 1.3 mile (each way) to get to the start of the trail.

To get to Devil’s Bridge Trail:
1. Sedona is located on US 89A, about 27 miles south of Flagstaff, AZ.
2. When you get to Sedona, continue through town to Dry Creek Road (FR152) at the west end of town.
3. Park in the little area by the trail maps, since you will not be able to take the dirt road to the beginning of the actual trail due to recent rains.
4. Hike the 1.3 miles to the start of Devil’s Bridge Trail.

The beginning of the trail is a little confusing to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for. When you get to the trail area, you will see a little brown sign on the right:

The hike itself is a pretty easy one (the snow and ice made it more difficult for us), only about 1.8 miles round trip. The first 0.75 miles of the hike is relatively flat, with a slight uphill incline towards the end of the 0.75 miles.

We took a quick break at the end of the 0.75 mile hike for a quick photo op on a ledge off of the main trail.

At the end of the 0.75 miles, the trail will fork. If you go to the left, you will find yourself underneath the arch. But, fork to the right and you will see some red rock stairs that will lead you to the top of Devil’s Bridge. As a warning, in the winter this stairs will be very, very icy so take care when going up.

When you reach the top of Devil’s Bridge, definitely make sure to walk out to the middle of the bridge. Be careful though, it’s a long way down. The views here are breathtaking.

To emphasize this point, be careful when coming down the stairs in the winter. They are icy, icy, icy! If you go in the winter, bring some warm gloves with good grip and good hiking boots. We had neither. That made the coming down very slow, very cold and very scary.

Here I am coming down the red rock stairs – sliding the entire way down on my bum. Even with careful going, I ended up with a bruised tailbone.

However, was the climb and injury worth it? Yes.

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