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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  • Pimentochez
    Gadsden, Alabama221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So worth it
    Done this hike with young adults. Not gonna lie at first I was definitely intimidated. Not a bad hike we went in thru the Mescal Trailhead for an additional parking option if the Devils Bridge trailhead is full. Hike had some scrambling but nothing to bad.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 14, 2023
  • 2l82w8
    Charlotte, North Carolina120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meh
    It's like an amusement park ride. You stand in line, hand your camera to someone behind you and wait for people to go out & get their pictures taken by someone waiting behind them. If it's a group of people they will usually go back and forth a few times switching out ppl in their group and trying to get the 'best' pics It can be annoying. If you can find someone to catch a 4wd ride with to a closer parking area, it makes the hike easier. It is quite strenuous getting up there. Lots of ppl with short-legged dogs were having to carry the dog and hike and weren't prepared well for that. Being there before 730am is a must or maybe later in the evening.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • liz
    194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Summer visit verses my previous Spring visit
    This was our second visit to Devil's Bridge, our first time visiting in the summer (Late June) We made a detour to this hike after Cathedral Rock was closed that day. We arrived at 6:15am and there were still a few extra parking spaces. We took the more direct dirt road over the Chuck wagon trail. It took us about 3/4 of an hour to get to the top, chatting and walking with others. We spent a 1/2 hour at the top enjoying the views, and taking photos for others before heading back down. There is slight scrambling on the incline, especially if you're just five feet tall like one of our teens. Lots of less mobile folks enjoying their trekking poles for the descent. If you have any knee issues, they're a big help. We went back the more direct route again up the ATV road and were back at the car just before 9am and it was 85, full sun. It was shocking to me how many people set out on this trail with only 20oz plastic bottle of water, no hats, or no water at all. It's so important to be well prepared for hikes in the summer, even though this hike isn't very long, its full sun.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled with family
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Janelle
    Grand Rapids, Michigan145 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
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DreamsOfMyComrades
Park City, UT430 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a challenging, excellent hike with a fabulous reward at the end. We parked at the Dry Creek lot. I have an XTerra and probably could’ve made it to the lot that reduces the hike by half, but we enjoyed the walk and didn’t need the extra wear & tear on my vehicle. It’s about 4 miles round trip and took us exactly 3 hours, including lots of photo stops and about a 15-minute wait to get a picture on the bridge itself.
Most of the hike is pretty straightforward, just some uneven terrain and soft sand to slow you down. At the end you’re climbing up some rocks. It’s not dangerous or especially scary, but you need to know and take your time. The viewpoint at the end is magnificent. Well worth the time spent and the effort expended!
Written May 13, 2024
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miriam
Ocala, FL1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was a six hour hike for us. There were times I was on my hands and knees going up, and times I was on my bum bum coming down. It was scary at times !
But so worth it. One more thing off my bucket list!
Written May 13, 2024
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Kiki
Minneapolis, MN82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
FOOD/DRINKS: None available!
Free water stations: NO!

RESTROOMS: 2 individual handicap stalls, no sink by parking lot.
Restrooms easy to find: YES!

COST: free!
FREE PARKING: YES!
amount of parking: VERY LITTLE PARKING! NO PARKING ALONG STREET LEADING UP TO PARKING LOT!!! I saw a sign that a shuttle brings people to trailhead/parking lot. Not sure where shuttle picks up people and where for them to park!

**** if you drive/rent a JEEP 4x4(high clearance), you can drive past the parking lot on this red rock road to get closer to the bridge. (Medium sized red rocks you drive OVER. Small parking lot for just jeeps. Once you park at end of road…. ONLY 30min hike to bridge.

WORTH IT: YES!

Wheelchair and stroller friendly: NO!

Benches to sit on: NO! You could sometimes find some rock to sit on.

LENGTH OF TIME spent here: 2.45 hours (with taking some pictures). 6 miles round trip!

Perfect time of day to go: Morning- less hot out!

For Kids/Couples: anyone that can hike for an average of 3 hours gradual up and down and some steep stairs at the end!

TRAIL/WALKING/STAIRS: easy to moderate 6 mile round trip hike from parking lot. About 1.5 hours up about 1.20 hours back. (Total 2.45 hours) Well marked Trail is red rock fine sand &/ rocks that is gradual incline and decline. Some steep stairs at the end. Walking sticks are a good idea. Some shade/trees throughout walking trail.

ground uneven: YES! Watch your step all the time!!!

Need to bring water: YES, plenty!

Sunscreen: YES!

Special shoes/clothes: tennis/hiking shoes, sun blocking shirts, hats. (Can get windy at top- hang on to hat).

Bag/purse restrictions/security/lockers: NO LOCKERS!
Written May 4, 2024
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Xana
Ashby, MA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had to park at the Mescal parking lot. It was a nice easy walk till you get closer to the bridge. The views are amazing, a lot of people on the trail. I was very disappointed when we got to the bridge. The line to take a picture at the bridge was ridiculously long and people really have no respect taking pictures in various poses alone and with their group, kissing, sitting, hugging..... very few took one shot or two and left. We waited about 10 to 20 minutes but then decided to leave. I only wished time was timed and other people around us agreed too.
Written April 26, 2024
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ddeparis
New York210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Definitely worth it if you can make it to the top. Not much to do once you're up there except get in line for "the" picture. If you are short on time, I would probably skip this one as there are way better hikes that are much easier to access.

If you do decide to take the trek, be sure to park at the Mescal Parking Lot, NOT Dry Creek (unless you specifically want to hike the additional miles). The hike will take about an hour to an hour and a half one way depending on your speed. It is mostly trail until the last 30 minutes which is gradually uphill with a lot of uneven rocky terrain. The last ascent is a lot rock climbing.

Better yet, if you have a 4x4, you can take the four wheel drive road and it drops you about halfway, getting you even closer.

The bridge will not be visible or accessible from the ground so you really can't see it from another point like you can a lot of other popular stops.
Written April 9, 2024
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ek1974
Hartland, WI231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The view is fantastic and easy to hike. But Devil's Bridge is actually for people who want to take pictures. Even though you go early, there will be lines. If you do not want to take pictures, just go to the other trails.
Written April 1, 2024
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YSTravel09
Miami, FL21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
What a beautiful location. My family and I, including two children 9 and 12 with no hiking experience loved this hike. We rented ATVs and cut the hike by a mile, which really helped. We walked the rest of way and made it to the big bridge. At first the kids were a little scared of walking on it but once we waiting in line for about 20min they saw how much fun everyone was having posing for the grand picture and we went for it. The hike took about two hours, we arrived at around 10am and did notice the line getting a little longer by the time we left. Definitely worth the wait.
Written March 29, 2024
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BobiTychynskiShimoda
Oakville, Canada397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was an extremely rewarding hike! It is for the able bodied -for sure - as there are some points that requires climbing up some actual rocks as opposed to walking on a rocky trail. The parking is a bit scarce so we ended up parking on a nearby road but those spots are scarce too. I understand there is a shuttle from town. We arrived by 9a.m. On a cool day on March and the parking lot was already full.

We recommend some hiking boots and a warm hoody at this time or year. It was cold and windy up there! The dust can also tend to get in your eyes so sunglasses helped there. There is a good amount of shade.

It took about an hour to hike from the parking area to the bridge. When you get to the top, it is orderly and people wait in line to take a picture on the bridge. People all seemed willing to photograph each other - a sort of unwritten rule. Give we went so early, the wait to do our photo op was about 20 minutes but I understand it can be up to 2 hours.
Written March 18, 2024
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Kityayma
Sydney, Australia527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fabulous trail and definitely worth the final climb for the views and to see the Devils Bridge. Amazing! I'm scared of heights and kept away from the edge but most people stepped out on to the platform for a photo. There was a queue and it was getting very busy as we made our way back down (at around ten), so I'd recommend going early. (Going early is aslo recommended to beat the heat, even in March.) Watch the weather - I wouldn't want to be doing the rock scramble up to the bridge or back down in the wet. Parking is limited.
Written March 17, 2024
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tracyesq
Cambridge, MA71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Gorgeous view but crowded. I started before dawn from Mescal parking lot & there were already folks at the Bridge when I got there.

If you want nice views & fewer people, take the Mescal trail to Deadman’s Pass.
Written March 14, 2024
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