Do You Dare to Take On Devil’s Bridge Trail?

January 28, 2018 Leave a Comment

 

What’s in a name? Quite a bit, as many hikers have found out when they see the thin archway of Devil’s Bridge Trail. The natural “bridge” is safe enough, with a little common sense, but can be frightening for those with a fear of heights. Surprisingly, it’s actually a relatively short and easy hike with a grand finale like no other. Once you’ve crossed the bridge, you’re rewarded with a stunning view of the red rocks—and bragging rights.

With well over 2,300 reviews on TripAdvisor, the vast majority of hikers rank it as “excellent.” Plug in 1420 Vultee Arch, Sedona into your GPS to get to the trailhead. It’s well marked and maintained, and January is a great time to tackle this beast. Cooler weather means you’re not stuck with completing this hike only at dawn or dusk.

Tips for Trails

You’ll notice a couple of different trail options as you begin the hike. It’s well worth it to check out the Chuck Wagon Trail and get a glimpse into what life was like in the Wild West. Keep in mind that the first half is relatively moderate, but it’s a steep hike up the final portion to the stone arch. It’s just one mile each way, but there might be some light “scrambling” at the steepest areas.

Main parking can be found at FR152, which is a dirt road that’s best tackled in a 4WD vehicle (although on a clear day, a standard sedan can manage). Devil’s Bridge is one of the most beloved hikes in the region, so if possible plan to hike on an off-day or time.

 

 

 

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