AURORA THE EXPLORER does Devils Bridge Sedona, AZ
Length: Approx 2 miles round trip from the Devil's Bridge parking area (4x4 vehicle required) Approx: 1.5hrs. 4 miles round trip from the parking area on Long Canyon Road, 6 miles from the Dry Creek Vista parking area.
Difficulty: Moderate 2.5/5
Elevation: Approx 400 feet
Directions: Head to Sedona, Arizona. Continue through Sedona to Dry Creek Road (FR152) at the west end of town. Turn right on Dry Creek Road and drive for two miles to where FR152 forks and take the right fork (leaving the paved road). It is best suited for high-clearance vehicles. It is not recommended during wet weather. About 1.3 miles up this road, turn right to Devil's Bridge Trailhead and parking lot.
Dogs Allowed: Yes (on a leash)
Best Times. Apri-May and September-November
Horses Allowed: Not Recommended
Now this is a place I truly cannot recommend enough! I also cannot stress the importance of getting here nice and early. This is a very popular trail and people travel from all across the world just to see this iconic landmark! It is the largest natural sandstone arch in Sedona and the hike to get there is just beautiful.
If you do not have a 4x4 vehicle to park in the Trailhead parking lot, I recommend bringing a mountain bike to shave some time off the beginning half of the hike. It just looked a bit dull to me. Also there is not much shade along the way so don't forget a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.
The hike itself is quite pleasant and there is much to see along the way so be sure to take your time and enjoy each and every moment! It's not about the destination folks, it all about THE JOURNEY!
The red rock formations are breath-taking and the steep, natural rock staircase (pictured left) is quite fun to admire & maneuver. It is also the most difficult part of the trail & should be treated with extreme caution. Bear in mind, this hike is only 1.8 miles round trip so "just keep swimming", drink lots of water, take breaks to admire your surroundings and you'll have absolutely nothing worry about! You can dooooooo it!
After you make your way towards the top, the trail opens up & you are greeted by a KILLER view worthy of some picture taking! (as shown above)
Keep going, and you'll reach yet another level area that leads directly to the epic destination; Devil's Bridge. Your jaw will likely drop, this is perfectly natural. Just let it happen and prepare to take a walk on the wild side.
The bridge in it's thinnest part is approx 4-5 feet across so don't get yourself too worked up. I actually did a cartwheel here, and while I do not recommend it as it is a LOOONG way down, I can't help but seek that added adrenaline rush. Now that you are here, take moment to enjoy it and explore, then pull out your camera and document this amazing moment! YOUR VICTORY!! Once you are satisfied and rested up, its time to make your way down with CAUTION. Those natural steps are covered in loose gravel and sand making it easy to loose your footing.
If this wasn't enough adventure for you and your feeling good about seeing more, then just keep en eye out on the way down for the trail that leads you just BELOW the bridge!
Here you'll get an interesting perspective and even encounter a great opportunity for some mild rock climbing (pictured below) if you are into that sort of thing. All in all, this is an absolute must for anyone interested in a fun and unique adventure that you will likely remember for a lifetime! Happy exploring fellow adventurers!
Please PM me for any questions or concerns.