One of the things I loved most about living in Arizona was having so many amazing hiking options close by. We lived just outside of Phoenix so we had hiked Camelback and worked our way through the Superstitious Mountains and the Apache Trail. We kept hearing amazing things about Sedona so the first free weekend we had we made the two hour trip from Phoenix and see the beautiful red rocks we had heard so much about.
Related: Tips for Hiking Camelback Mountain
A while back I wrote a post about hikes in Sedona you can’t miss. They are all awesome, but my absolute favorite hike during our visit to Sedona was Devil’s Bridge.
About Devil’s Bridge
Devil’s Bridge is one of the most popular and well-known hikes in Sedona. It is called Devil’s Bridge, but it’s actually a natural stone arch, that was created over time by wind and weather erosion. One of the reasons I liked this hike so much is that the views are stunning right from the get-go. The moment we got out of our car my camera was out and snapping panoramic pictures of beautiful red rock formations, canyons, buttes, and woodland.
Where to Park
This is a little tricky. When I first researched this hike I read that it was a 2 mile round-trip hike. I figured it wouldn’t take us long at all. Well, I was fooled.
From the trailhead the hike is approximately .9 miles each way. However, the path to get to the trailhead (FR 152) is an extremely rocky and rough dirt road and is only accessible via a 4-wheel drive vehicle. You are free to drive the path to the trailhead at your own risk, but I would highly discourage it unless you have a vehicle that is built to handle rough terrain. We did what most people do and parked at Dry Creek Vista (bathrooms located here!) or on Dry Creek Road and walked the extra 1.1 miles to the trailhead. It does add distance to your hike, but it’s not strenuous, the views are great, and my little Chevy Captiva SUV would have suffered big time had we chose to drive.
I have also read reviews saying the Chuck Wagon Trail is a good option for getting to Devil’s Bridge. It is longer (2.1 miles) but the views make the distance worth it.
The Trail Rating
This trail is labeled at a moderate difficulty level. It starts out very easy and subtly gets harder and harder. The final little bit of the trail does involve some climbing in narrow spots and no handrails. That being said I saw people of many different ages on this trail from top to bottom. The entire trail has great signage, and as I mentioned before, this trail is very popular so if you ever do find yourself confused, follow the crowd.
The views along the way
The views along this hike are almost just as good as the views from Devil’s Bridge. Many people take their time and stop along the way for pictures or just for a break. My husband and I actually packed sandwiches and stopped about half way up for lunch and to take in the view.
Friendly reminder: never go hiking – no matter the season – without packing WATER.
Furry Family Member Friendly
This trail is 100% dog friendly! We brought Gatsby along with us and he did great and loved the hike! We also saw many other dogs during our hike. There are a few areas where there are some edges that have a steep drop off. Because of this (and for the safety of your dog and other people) I recommend keeping your dog on a leash at all times.
When to hike
This trail is open all year-round. However it is important to remember a few things when planning your hike. If you’re hiking in the summer I would recommend hiking early in the morning, as it does tend to heat up a lot as the day progresses.
If you’re planning on hiking in the winter time, remember that Sedona is located in the Coconino National Forest, meaning that it is a mountainous area and is typically colder than areas like Phoenix and Tucson. This trail is often covered with some snow in the winter time so be prepared for colder temps and the possibility of a slippery hike.
The Main Event
The trail will split in two different directions. The trail to the right goes to the top of the Bridge (the most popular and photographed view). The trail to the left goes beneath the Bridge (also a unique and beautiful view).
The view of Devil’s Bridge is well worth the hike. When you reach the Bridge there will most likely be many other people there snapping pictures and taking in the view. A lot of people will venture out onto the arch (I definitely did), but it is important to note that you will be on a narrow strip of rock that is approximately 75 above the ground. Caution is to be used at all times. Hikers have fallen to their death at this location so it is important to be extremely careful.