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Name: Devil's Bridge Trail 120 Author's Rating:
Author: Matt Marine Avg. User Rating: (based on one vote)
Type: Hike Difficulty: (Learner) The trail is wide and short, but the last little bit requires some climbing ability
Time: 1 - 2 hours Region: SE Arizona
Length: 1.4 miles (total out-and-back) Elevation gain/loss/change: +341 / -341 ft / +0 ft (total out-and-back)
Type: Out-and-back Avg Elevation: 4700 ft
Best time to go: fall, spring, winter Fees: Requires Red Rock Pass. These can be purchased at any Ranger station, kiosks, Circle K's and many other stores in Sedona or Oak Creek.
Fitness rating: Medium Educational Merit: Low
Danger/fear rating: Medium (the last bit to the bridge) Scenic Beauty: High
Hours of Operation: NA Last updated: November, 2007
Short Description: A short hike to a natural bridge
Geocaches:Tons of cool geocaches around. Here's a few: Back O' Beyond a Rumbling Mountain; Doodle's Cache
References / Contact Information: Coconino National Forest; Great Sedona Hikes;
Points of interest: Nice Sedona scenery, natural bridge
Special Considerations: Caution: don't leave valuables in car. Our car was broken into while we did this hike. The thieves were pros, they cut the alarm and hardly made a scratch in the paint when they broke in and stole my wife's purse. Requires Red Rock Pass. These can be purchased at any Ranger station, kiosks, Circle K's and many other stores in Sedona or Oak Creek.
How to get there: From 89A, turn north on Dry Creek Rd. Travel 2.0 miles, then turn right on Vultee Arch Rd. Drive on this road for another 1.4 miles until you reach the trailhead. Be forewarned: this road is ROUGH. It can be made by most passenger cars, but they won't like it. Click here for directions.

Trail Description

This is a beautiful short hike that can be done with small children (the last bit may be a little tough). I really enjoyed the natural bridge.

General Information and History

From the Coconino National Forest website:
Devil's Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in the Sedona area; don't let its name fool you: It's one of the most heavenly sights in an area famous for them.

From a trailhead elevation of 4,600 feet, there's a mere 400 foot climb in altitude during this moderately difficult, 1.8-mile roundtrip trek; the journey to reach the top won't leave you breathless -- but we would never say the same about the views you'll witness when you finally get there.

This popular hike has attractions for both casual hikers who lack the desire or the stamina to stray too far from civilization, and the more adventurous outdoors enthusiasts. Starting at the parking area, follow the trailmarker that points the way to Devil's Bridge Trail. You'll find the early going effortless; the trail, originally built for jeep travel, is smooth and clear and leads you through washes filled with juniper and prickly pear cactus.

The path slowly inclines uphill, gently growing more steep as you progress. There's some beautiful scenery to absorb as you proceed upward, but you've still got a ways to go before you get to see Devil's Bridge itself.

After you've walked about three-quarters of a mile from the parking area, the trail will divide. Head down the path to the left and you'll end up at the base of the bridge. For a cool view, stand directly under the 50 foot high arch and look toward the heavens -- and take care not to strain your neck.

But it's the topside trail that provides the biggest treat. Follow it up a steep, natural rock staircase to a wide open area that offers some fantastic views. Keep going, and you'll reach yet another level that leads directly to Devil's Bridge.

If you have the nerve, you can walk across the top; once you're on it you'll find it's not such a tough walk. But use caution and exercise some common sense; it's a long way down.

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The Trail

Note: Since I've done this trail, I have lost the GPS track and coordinates. The coordinates and map shown are gathered from other information. I believe they are correct, but they are not exact.

Park at the trailhead (see caution above), then head out on the wide, well-traveled trail. It has a slight, but constant upward grade. You don't have to worry about getting lost.

When you are getting close to the bridge, the trail turns fun (in my opinion). You will have to do some "rock climbing" as you negotiate a narrow trail over some large boulders and up some steep rock.

I really enjoyed this portion of the hike. And my children (ages 9 and 11) did also (though the they were a little scared at times).

The view of the bridge is wonderful, and if you have the courage, you can walk across it. I'm afraid of heights and couldn't walk the entire bridge (I had to go on my hands and knees at center span). It can feel narrow and be scary if you are afraid of heights. Even if you don't cross the bridge, the hike is worth it.

Have fun and be safe!

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