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“Breathtaking view, but poor signs and nobody knew about the forest road being closed”

Devil's Bridge Trail
Ranked #5 of 159 things to do in Sedona
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Owner description: An easy hiking trail that leads hikers into Sedona's famed Red Rock country.
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Despite looking at the direction through Google Maps, and asking people at Arizona Tourism office, we overshot the trail head entrance because the sign was inadequate (or rather, what sign??) If the forest service road was open, the hike from trail head to the bridge was 0.7 miles. Instead, we ended up walking an additional 2 miles each way from Dry Creek Road. As we started walking in, again, no sign pointing to the trail head for anyone to see. We ended up asking people coming back the other way and we saw plenty of people who came later resort to doing the same thing, asking around.

The hike to the trail head was OK, not too strenuous, but was challenging psychologically because we had planned a 1 1/2 hr trek for this trip, and ended up doing a 3 hour hike. The hike from the trail head to the bridge was not easy. Again, not much sign to help. Going up was steady, but coming down was quite hard because of the steepness of descent, especially the upper part which was on rocks.

The view at the bridge made all the troubles worth it. It was breathtaking! The pictures posted didn't quite do justice to it. It really gets your heart pumping as you walk to the bridge and looked down. If you can put up with all the signage troubles and be ready for a 6-7 miles hike, the view is definitely worth it!

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

None of the previous reviews argues that the trip isn't worth it, it is. There is a slightly narrow path with a drop off right at the end, but even with a little snow, not uncomfortable. The pictures you can get, and the view you see are totally worth it.

Now, about getting there. On the day we were there, the 100 yards from Dry Creek road to the first trail head ( parking lot and permanent dry toilet, not on my maps ) was being paved. We parked a few hundred yards on and hiked. The road (FP152) that leads to the trail head that is on most maps is an easy walk, easy for high clearance vehicles, but I am not sure I would take a rental sedan along the road. I recommend walking. The turnoff to the trailhead is nicely marked, as is the trail. You came to hike anyway, right?

To me, this is a must-do for a hiking trip to Sedona.

1  Thank RichGTraveling
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

We were the first ones on the trail (at 8:00) and glad we were as it heated up quickly. Round trip, it took us about 2 hours from the highway. The view at the top was simply amazing and so worth the hike! Would definitely recommend this for any adults. Wouldn't recommend for smaller kids because of the closeness of the trail to the straight drop-offs at the top.

1  Thank ND1438
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Once we finally got to the trail, we were pleased with the destination. The bridge provides great photo ops from the top and there are some neat nooks to explore on the trail underneath it. It was a really friendly atmosphere as people from all over stopped near the bridge to share reactions and help take photos for each other. The only disappointment was trying to find it in the first place. The trail road/parking lot was closed for construction and we had to park on the main road to walk to the trailhead, relying on a passerby for directions and unsure of distance.

Thank banb
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

So we park and get on the trail............"what trail?" Look for a way to cross the creek without getting our feet wet. Get across then where? Let's go this way, no I don't think this is right. Go the other way and walk, walk, walk. Get to an area where you can go this way or this way, run into another group, which way? Go up, walk, walk, walk, see a mountain biker coming down, is this the way to devil's bridge? No, turn around, go the other way. Come to a dry creek bed, could this be the way? Finally see one of the cairnes, ok must be going the right way. Finally see other people, how far is it? About another hour to get there! What, we've been out here for about two hours. We dabated had a pink jeep tour scheduled and would of never made it. Turn around and walk back to car. SOOOOOOO frustrating. The picture at the trailhead didn't help us at all, and we took a pic of it. Maybe if the construction was finished on the road to get you there was finished and accessable it wouldn't of been so bad

4  Thank roxie144
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