Hike to Devil's Bridge
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Added by Will Cebron
An easy hike with sweeping views of Sedona and an incredible payoff, the Devil's Bridge.
The Devil's Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in Sedona and an iconic landmark. If you're visiting the area, this hike is a must do.
There are a couple different starting options for this trail. Once you turn onto FR 152 (Vultee Arch Rd), after a short way you'll see a parking lot on your left. This is where the paved road ends and anyone without a high clearance 4WD vehicle will want to park. From here, the hike is roughly 4 miles round trip. You'll start the hike by continuing up FR 152 on the dirt section. If you have a high clearance 4WD vehicle, you can drive up this section and shave 2 miles roundtrip off your hike. Either way after a mile on the dirt portion of FR 152, you'll see a dirt parking lot to your right. This is where the Devil's Bridge trailhead begins.
From the trailhead, the hike gradually slopes upward as it winds its way through the trees. The trail is easy to follow and after about 3/4 of a mile, you'll reach a rock staircase. The ascent from here is steep but you've almost made it. Near the top, there's a wide open lookout that provides incredible views back the way you came. Continue up one more level and walk a short distance along the rock wall until you reach the Devil's Bridge. The bridge is breathtaking and worth the effort. Feel free to venture out onto the bridge, but exercise caution as it's a long way down and the area can be icy in winter.
A couple words of advice on tackling this hike. Unless you are driving a Wrangler or similar SUV, park in the paved area. FR 152's dirt section is washed out and filled with potholes. Also consider starting this hike very early as it's one of Sedona's most popular. The parking lot fills up quickly and the pink Jeep tours start kicking up dust along FR 152 late morning.
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The first part of the trail (the road for off-road vehicles) wasn't that exciting, but was fairly flat and made for a quick walk. After reaching the "real" trailhead parking lot and continuing on the trail, things get exciting! This hike isn't too intensely uphill until you almost reach the bridge. My husband (who is a little scared of heights) was definitely pushed out of his comfort zone as we climbed the "staircase". The view at the top was amazing and walking out onto the bridge made for a super cool photo! There were quite a few other folks out on the trail but it wasn't too crowded. Worth the hike even with the not-so-exciting road walk at the start!
Worth The View!
At first I thought this hike was really flat, and honestly a little boring for the single hike we were doing that day. About half way through, though, it started to get steeper and I found myself needing to grab onto some of the rocks around me to get to the next plateau. There was a little scrambling near the top, but once I got there it was all worth while. The view is amazing, and walking onto the bridge really makes you feel like you've accomplished something!
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