Devil's Bridge Trail
Devil's Bridge Trail
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This 1.8-mile hike will lead you to Sedona’s iconic sandstone arch, where you’ll get breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and rock formations. Get there early to beat the crowd or expect to wait for up to a couple of hours for a photo op. Walk about a mile along the Dry Creek dirt road to reach the trailhead, but if you can’t find a spot at the Dry Creek Trailhead parking lot, park along the highway instead. Otherwise, Sedona offers a free shuttle service from downtown to two of the five trailheads, Mescal and Dry Creek Vista. – Tripadvisor
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  • Szy29
    Columbus, Ohio109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a Must Do
    This is a great hike. If you want a longer hike, park at Dry Creek, if you want a shorter hike park at the Mezcal trail head. The hike is up and down and quite rocky. The first mile is pretty easy, but the 2nd mile is more challenging. The last 10 minutes is a straight climb up rocky stairs and boulders. Once you get to the top go left to get to Devil’s Bridge. There are a few outcrops along the climb for some fantastic views. We went on a weekday and it was fairly crowded.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Swtjess
    Blaine, Minnesota133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Popular Hike Worth it!
    Fantastic trailhead and hike, starts off very easy with beautiful scenery and once the climb begins you’ll know you’re almost there as the end is a little bit of climbing. The landscape was absolutely beautiful if you take the longer trail otherwise you follow the atv road up to the closer parking lot but that not nearly as fun The view is absolutely worth the hike. Hiking in the hot summer months I suggest getting to trailhead between 5am and latest 5:30am. One to get a parking spot, two watch the sunrise and three the temperature is quite a bit cooler. Don’t be a fool and bring water. We were at devils bridge by 6:30am and there was already a short line to take pictures.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Tifara
    Brooklyn, New York6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Challenging but Worth it
    Whew! I’m not an experienced hiker by any means (but I would say I’m in shape) and found this hike was a bit challenging. We really had to take our time/pace ourselves and the trail got a bit confusing at times. I do not feel I was fully prepared at all but overcame the obstacles and reached the bridge. It was rather empty being a hot afternoon day in August (would not recommend lol, unless it’s early/you’re fully prepared). The view was amazing when we finally reached the top;) It took us a few hours there and back to the Mescal trailhead but was worth it and I would hike it again; )
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 13, 2023
  • MeganMich13
    Dickinson, Texas45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking View, literally!!
    The end view of this hike was breathtaking and so was the actual hike! We used the Mescal Trailhead to get to the Devil's Bridge trailhead since we did not have a 4x4. The Devil's Bridge trail was very steep the entire hike which made it somewhat difficult. At one point you are climbing the rocks to get to the final point. The Devil's Bridge trail is rather short but with the Mescal Trail extension, it was around 4 miles round trip. As a new hiker and somewhat out of shape (LOL) I was out of breath a lot, but I promise the view is so worth it!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • jamie deacon
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Some Fitness Required
    Go early as there are a couple bottleneck sections of the trail (near the end and at the bridge). The hike involves some scrambling near the bridge so some coordination/fitness level is required but not a tonne. The City of Sedona has a shuttle for Thursday through Sunday which provides access at 7am however when we arrived there at 715 there was lots of people who had already drove there with some parking remaining. Had I known that i could drive i would have went earlier to avoid the heat and have a quieter hike. Overall great!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 30, 2023
  • sadiedust
    Toms River, New Jersey109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Scenery!
    I went with my daughter who is 29 and fit. I am in my sixties and in pretty good shape. We had a late 9:30AM start as I usually get out there at sun rise when hiking by myself, but it was okay. It was rated as a moderate uphill hike, and it was, with only a few parts that were a bit difficult to climb near the top. We luckily hiked on a cloudy day with temperatures in the low 80s. We took almost six hours to complete. I had to stop en route to take many pictures, rest for a few minutes and/or to take drinks. Make sure you have plenty of water. I also recommend you go early to get parking closer to the trailhead or take one of the town's shuttles. We were a couple of miles away which added four miles to our hike. Thinking my daughter did not need to stop. she did for me. The last stop was the longest as we took in the views in several spots. I had to tell myself I could climb the last section as it was steep and rocky. I did it! Interesting that I was just fine going down which surprised me. The views were terrific throughout the trail especially from the bridge which totally made the hike worthwhile. Although it looks scary from pictures, the bridge itself was pretty wide so it was okay to cross. I was surprised by that!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Janelle
    Grand Rapids, Michigan144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early for a great experience!
    So glad we had time to go out and do this! Didn't realize until the day before we went that we could have cut time off our hike if we had a jeep, but later heard that that access was closed anyway! It was a nice hike, pretty easy at first, then you will know you are close when you start climbing almost straight up-- (it is doable unless you have a bad fear of heights though!). My best advice is to go EARLY. Think about it, there is no limit on how early people can go, and the earlier you go (some people leave at 5 AM), the more you will be able to enjoy watching the sun coming up behind the Red Rock features during your hike, rather than having it burning down your back, and the fewer people AT the bridge walking out to get pictures, the shorter your wait! (because after coming that far, who wants to leave without the picture?)
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Steve
    Seattle, Washington161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Early, so worth it!!
    Cool hike and amazing views. Park at the Mezcal trailhead lot and from there it’s a 4.2 mile hike. Very week maintained trail with good signs, just some step sections at the end. GO EARLY!! Gets crowded if you get there after 8:30 and the experience just won’t be the same.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Jaime M
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss Devil's Bridge!
    This was by far the best hike we did in Sedona. The views and the bridge itself are simply amazing. We took everyone's advice and left early (6 a.m. arrival), got a parking spot and had no wait to get on the bridge. Got to watch the sun come up while on the hike and see the whole gorgeous valley light up. You should not miss this hike if you are in Sedona!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Cheyenne Rae
    260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    largest natural sandstone arch in the Sedona
    We parked at the Dry Creek Vista Parking and took the Chuckwagon trail, I think it’s more like 4 miles to the bridge (one way). After we saw the bridge we decided to take take Trail 120 devil’s Bridge back to the parking lot. It’s an atv trail so it was a easy walk back to the car 🥾 this was one of the best hikes I’ve done on this trip 🏜️🫶🏼
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 10, 2023
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50stateswithtwins
Saint Louis, MO772 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Unless you want to hike 7 miles round trip take your 4 wheel drive vehicle and drive down the wide dirt/rock road to the actual trail head. We mistook the paved “overflow” parking lot as the trail head parking lot and our city family got in over our heads. Even if the paved parking lot and road is packed with cars you CAN still drive the dirt road to the trailhead. Signs recommend that you have 1 gallon of water per person & animal. We arrived by 9am and during our hike saw many overheated dogs. The dry heat in Arizona is no joke. Last bathroom option, port- a- potty style, is at the overflow parking lot. Trail map is there too. Climb to bridge is still .7 miles from trail head parking lot and is very steep staircase climb to reach the bridge. Beautiful views.
Written June 4, 2020
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Tara M
Menomonie, WI224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
( via Mescal Trail ) - go EARLY. We initially were going to hike this Thursday AM, and then the guys thought why don't we take the ATV's up here later .. you can take like half the trail with ATV and then hike the rest, but I wouldn't recommend that. If you do rent ATV's you'll want to be rippin' around on those the whole time, not having them parked while you hike. SO, we did a sunrise hike and started at 7 AM. It was beyond beautiful with a full moon still in the sky. We did this Saturday AM, but I have been told this is the busiest/touristy hiking trail of all Sedona. We met close to 100 ppl coming down as we were hiking up. When we reached the top/bridge area, there were probably 40 people in line to go out on the bridge for photo ops. By the time we left (20 min or so, wait for us) there were over 100 ppl in line. There are THREE trails you can take to get to the bridge and I cannot recommend Mescal Trail enough. Took us about 2.5 hrs total. Trail #1 is just a service road. The last part of the hike is very steep incline steps, otherwise the hike is a nice, moderate trail.
Written March 8, 2021
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msnyder79
Burlington, IA99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
It's pretty cool when you get up there but having to wait in line to get your picture takes away from the natural beauty and makes it so instagram touristy. We had to park in the road and walk to the parking lot. I recommend taking the Chuck Wagon trail from the parking lot. It's much more scenic and then you can skip walking most of the super fine red sand and rocky road. It was long and boring. If you have a vehicle than can go off roading, use it! Worth it to skip the boring road up to the trail. When you get to the actual hiking part is definitely a real hike. Lots of climbing and very steep. We must do a lot of really easy trails because this one was a lot more work. Worth it at the top. Please don't be stupid at the top!!! We saw a couple people step down so they were sitting on the ledge beneath with their feet dangling and a guy try to do a handstand. Also please be considerate of others waiting. One group had 5 people in it and did multiple individual pictures and couple pictures and group pictures and more individual pictures. There were probably 10 people waiting behind them and they took about 20 minutes. Most people took about 5 minutes to get out there, take a couple pics, and get back
Written November 21, 2020
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B D
Tucson, AZ416 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
This is a very popular, MUST DO hike when in Sedona that can be crowded at Devil's Bridge itself. It is @4 miles roundtrip on foot from the parking lot to Devil's Bridge. If you have a high clearance off-road vehicle you can shave a mile+ off that. The majority of the trail is flat with the exception of the very last part that can only be completed by foot and requires some climbing. Devil's Bridge is a great photo opportunity but there can be a line at certain times to walk out onto the bridge itself. The trail is mostly in the direct sun so make sure you take lots of water and dress appropriately. There is shade that can be found once reaching the Devil's Bridge area.
Written July 16, 2020
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Jennifer Lynn
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We arrived to Dry Creek Visa parking at 5am, the gate was still closed so we parked on the road which was only a few hundred feet away. We were the first to reach the bridge at 6am with only one guy behind us, and another couple arriving about 10 minutes later. We were able to sit on the bridge for a while and enjoy it with no one waiting for us to move for pictures. A line began to form around 7:00.
We took the chuckwagon trail back down to avoid the hundreds of people walking up. This added about a mile, but it was well worth it as it was pretty and quiet.
This hike is worth getting up at 4:30am for! I would have been very disappointed had I arrived any later than we did.
Written March 28, 2021
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Steve Schedin
York, PA156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
We were given off the tourist grid parking advice and hiked the trail to Devil's Bridge. The Chuck Wagon Trail was reasonably well marked and there were enough (but not crowded) hikers to keep us from straying. The hike was easy with hiking sticks and the views spectacular! Approaching Devil's Bridge became more of a climb than a hike, but we made it to the top where other hikers were waiting their turn on the bridge - a natural rock formation about 90 yards from the ground. The wait was short and walking on the bridge was worth the hike (the hike itself was worth it!). The hike back was equally inspiring and, though we are not experienced hikers, we loved our new activity. Hiking shoes, water, hiking sticks and camera are recommended.
Written March 28, 2021
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Jukka
Stockholm, Sweden1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Two couch potatoes plus daughter take on a challenge and find the payout ratio exceptionally good. The road to the trailhead is off-limits for anything below a real 4x4 vehicle and no, that does NOT include city SUVs, so prepare for an extra mile of hiking along dull gravel road both ways.

The weather is pleasant during winter months for us used to half a year of snow every year, but make sure to bring some long sleeved clothes as the cliff side higher up in the shade has literal ice and snow on some of the slopes.
Written January 17, 2020
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David S
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Massive crowds make this a good but not great hike. Depending on what time you arrive, there is typically a long line to walk across the bridge and pose for a photo. Other than that, it's a nice hike. Start very early in the morning to avoid large crowds.
Written June 24, 2021
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TutinsPony
Phoenix, AZ2,546 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
The first part of this hike is more of a walk along the road that 4 Wheel drive cars use to get to the trail head. Parking in the road at the weekend is busy, a lot of cars.
The final part can be steep and busy at the weekend, so it is not a hike in the wilderness. Once at the bridge there was a long line for taking it in turns to walk on the bridge for a unique photo.
Written December 20, 2020
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Jan
Akron, OH4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The hike itself is fairly moderate, but for the last bit. It is then all uphill with a lot of rock scrambles. If you are afraid of heights, then stop at the overlook just before the last rock scramble. If you make it to the top, the area where the bridge is located is wide enough and actually has an amphitheater style seating to enjoy the vista. Many people had lunch/snack at the top.

The bridge is beautiful and many people walked out onto it to have their pictures taken. Not sure how well those came out as the person taking the picture is still some distance away from the surface of the bridge.

Well worth the rock scramble and you get some great views.
Written February 16, 2020
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