Sedona, Arizona

Hike to Devil's Bridge

4 Miles Total - 400 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally 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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Awesome Hike!

Awesome hike! We went in August and the weather was about 80 degrees. this place was a really cool hike. very clean no trash. Some parts of the trail were pretty steep but well worth it. definitely going back here! the view the whole hike was beautiful.

Must Hike!

I went on this hike, not knowing what to expect. I was amazed by the outcome! The trail was easy enough, the wash full of big rocks was the most aggravating. We didn’t see many people on the way up but after the stair climb to the end stretch, there were about 50 people waiting in line to get their picture taken on that mind-blowing bridge! I highly recommend this hike. I already want to go back!

Fun For All

It was not a difficult hike but if you are planning to go, go early. Great views and very friendly hikers in the trail. On our way down the trail was rather crowded people all wanted to take pictures on the bridge so I am glad I left before it got backed up.

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