The Stats: Trail name: Devil's Bridge Location: Sedona, AZ Distance: 1.8 miles, out and back Elevation Gain: 400 feet Published Difficulty: Moderate Dog Friendliness: The beasts will love the bridge - from the comfort of a leash
If you’ve researched hiking in Sedona at all, then you’ve very likely come across Devil’s Bridge. It’s no wonder give the astounding red rock terrain that takes you to the largest natural sandstone bridge that you’ve seen in so many photos. You know, like the one below.
Tips for hiking to Devil’s Bridge
If you’re going to join the club and hike to Devil’s Bridge, there are a few things you should know. Lucky for you, I’ve outlined them below so that you can bypass the “learn the hard way” method.
One: Get there early.
I’m talking sunrise early if you can. Partially because it’s a pretty exposed trail, but mostly because it’s a highly trafficked one. There’s a reason you see photos like the above everywhere on Instagram. Getting there early in the day allows you to get in, snap your pictures, chill for a minute, and be on your way before the masses start rolling in.
Two: Park in the parking lot
This one probably seems obvious. It did to me once we got back to where the parking lot was. But my first instinct was to start driving down the very boulder-laden former Jeep path that’s just past the parking lot turn-off. I think we made it about a quarter of a mile before giving up and parking on the side of the road. We were not alone in that mistake. Now you know not to repeat it.
Three: It’s not just about the bridge
The hike to get to the bridge was, in my opinion, just as enjoyable as the bridge itself. Take your time. Take in your Sedona red rock surroundings. Pick your jaw up off the floor. It’s beautiful.
Four: Walk (carefully) out onto the bridge
The bridge is definitely safe to walk on, however be careful as you get out there. It’s a long way down if you were to lose your footing. Some people are completely comfortable with heights. I happen to not be one of them.
That said, I really hope you enjoy this hike. It’s definitely worth your time in my opinion. Crowds or not.