Devil's Bridge Trail

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Devil's Bridge Trail
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lauralam
Dallas, TX231 contributions
Breathtaking views! Worth the hike, but go early! We got there around 10AM on a Sunday and we were able to find parking on the main road outside the park entrance. Also, make sure you go to the bathroom BEFORE you leave. There is one outhouse at the parking lot next to the trails and when we were there, it was out of toilet paper. Most of the hike was on a dirt/rock path and the views were nice. We went in March when the weather was very cool in the morning but as the sun rose, it became much warmer quickly. On the trail, you will be walking alongside other hikers and the 4 wheel drive vehicles that go to the closest parking point. The 4 wheel drive parking is where the hike really becomes a hike. There are lots of large steps to start and then you have small climbs which when busy, you will have to take turns going up and down. I am in my mid-40's and not in great shape, but this hike was doable although I was tired going up to Devil's bridge. I have an 11 year old and a 14 year old and it was no problem for them to hike. It was well worth the hike! The views are absolutely beautiful! You will likely have to stand in line to go on the bridge, but worth the wait!
Written April 6, 2021
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Tara M
Menomonie, WI224 contributions
( 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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alyssatravels
Phoenix, AZ24 contributions
I arrived around 9:20am, and the parking lot was full. However, there is plenty of off street parking outside of the trailhead area. I parked about .5 miles away from the trail head alongside the road with many other cars. Total round trip time from my car and back again, was 4.53 miles. It took me an hour and 33 minutes total hike while stopping to take photos. At the beginning of the trail, I couldn't believe how many jeeps tours, trucks and off-roaders were sharing the trail with hikers. This died down after getting farther into the trail. The trail starts out very sandy, and would be harder to run through or walk faster with the thicker sand, but then turns into more of a rocky trail, which was easier to hike faster. Before the bridge, there are also some scenic ledges to take photos. The hike itself was fairly easy up until the three steep areas where you have to climb steep stair inclines to make it to the bridge area. When I arrived at Devil's Bridge, there were many people sitting on the rocks, and a very long line to take pictures on the bridge. It was hard to get good shots of the bridge with all of the people there. I went on a Saturday, and it was very crowded at 9:30am. So I would recommend a weekday or arriving early in the morning.
If anyone has a fear of heights, this is not the hike for them.
The hike was full of scenic Sedona red rock mountain views.
There are no admission fees.
I highly recommend this hike for the fairly short length, the ease of it with the exception of the three steep inclines at the end, and the scenic views.
Written August 30, 2020
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Ann Z
Phoenixville, PA56 contributions
This was by far our favorite hike in Sedona because the bridge is amazing! The first mile is a boring jeep trail but once you reach the Devils Bridge Trailhead it quickly escalates and the payoff is amazing pictures and magnificent views. Go early because the parking quickly fills up - we arrived at 6:30 am on a Wednesday and got the second to last spot. The early morning means fewer crowds and beautiful light when you get to the bridge. By the time we hiked back there were crowds of people coming up the trail and cars parked a mile away
Written October 4, 2020
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Brown_Samantha
Kennewick, WA1,379 contributions
All the reviews and reading we've done said the same thing over and over "get there early otherwise you will have a hard time finding parking!" It is true! We went on a Tuesday morning, arrived after 6 am at the Mescal trailhead parking lot. We were 3rd in the lot. Some people came in to catch the sunrise.

We didn't want to hike in the dark, so we had our breakfast. Set out at 6:40 am with a bit of daylight. Saw the most amazing sunrise colors in the horizon. Then we went on to Chuckwagon trail that connects up with the Devil's Bridge trail. Pretty sure all the parking spots would be gone by 7 am.

The trail is quite easy, until you get closer to the bridge, there were a couple of sections that you need to scramble a little bit. Obviously make sure you wear sensible hiking boots with good gripping soles.

When you see the bridge for the first time, it just takes your breath away. The spanning view below and the green against the red rocks, just can't describe the beauty. There were about 10 groups ahead of us for photo taking. Quite a system. You trust the people behind you to take some photos for you, and you do the same for the group before you.

Amazingly it all worked out great. At the same time, you get to meet some of the most friendly strangers. We ended up with many perfect "shots". The guy knew what he was doing, taking both close ups and far/long shots. What a memory.

We spent about 2.5 hours. The total distance for our route was less than 5 miles. Well worth the time and getting up early.
Written November 14, 2021
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msnyder79
Burlington, IA101 contributions
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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Keera
5 contributions
Friends
This trail is the Sedona equivalent of Disney world. It’s an over crowded easy hike. Most of the walking is from from your car to the actual trailhead considering where you have to park due to all the people that crowd this place.

Then at the top you can wait in a line of a 50-100 people to take the same “creative” photo as everyone else so you can post it on your Instagram feed too.

If you’re actually a hiker, looking to get out in nature, away from hoards of people, I would not recommend going here.
Written August 3, 2022
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David S
11 contributions
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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YThorman
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico4 contributions
Family
I like to think outside the box. If crowds are anticipated in the morning on this Devil’s Bridge Trail, GO LATE! We started at 5pm and had plenty of time to enjoy the views, snack, take photos, and make it back with plenty of time before sunset at 7:45. It was cooling down, and by 7pm it was very nice in the desert with a coolish breeze. Best of all there were NO CROWDS. No waiting in line for photo ops on the bridge. 👍🏻
Written June 29, 2022
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jenegan32
5 contributions
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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