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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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Great Photo Ops!

Awesome hike! Decently challenging! Makes for awesome photo ops! Do this early in the morning to avoid the crowd and the sun!

Beautiful Scenery....filled With Tourists

The arch is amazing, it's a great feature to photograph. The hike there is mostly fire road but the last half mile or so is up very technical steep single track. The fire road may bore you buy the end of the trail is fun. Unfortunately this trail is over run with tourists. Expect to have to wait long periods of time to get a photo of just yourself on the arch. It's a great adventure but if you're looking for solitude this def isn't for you.

Awesome Hike

It was a good length hike with different scenery. The end of the trail was the best bit as you got to hike up the rocks, on arrival at the top, the bridge was fantastic and you could walk across it. As not many other people (we were there at around 9) were there we got some really good photos. We also hiked underneath it which was spectacular and we caught some cracking shots. Overall an excellent hike.

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