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Conquering Devil's Bridge in Sedona, Arizona: A Hiker's Guide

Sedona, Arizona, is a hiker's paradise, and one of its most iconic trails leads to the breathtaking Devil's Bridge. On a recent trip, I ventured out to conquer this famous natural arch, and the experience was nothing short of spectacular.

Here's everything you need to know about hiking to Devil's Bridge and making the most of your adventure.

The Hike to Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge is one of Sedona's most popular hiking destinations, known for its stunning red rock formations and awe-inspiring views. The trail offers two main routes: a dirt road that can be walked to shorten the hike and a more scenic trail option. Both paths eventually merge and lead to the main trailhead of Devil's Bridge.

For those opting to walk the dirt road, it provides a quicker, more direct route. However, if you have the time, the trail option offers a slightly different perspective of the surrounding desert landscape and red rocks, making it worth the extra effort.

Navigating the Trail

Before setting out, I highly recommend downloading the map on AllTrails. Cell service can be spotty, and having the map handy ensures you stay on the right path. The hike is moderate in difficulty, with the toughest part being the ascent to the viewpoint where Devil's Bridge is located. The climb is steep and can be challenging, but the reward at the top is well worth it.

Wildlife Encounters

During my hike, I had a surprising and thrilling encounter with wildlife. In the distance, I spotted a group of wild boars crossing the trail. It was my first time ever seeing wild boars, and the sight added an exciting element to the hike.

The View from Devil's Bridge

As you near the top, the trail becomes more rugged, and the final ascent requires careful steps. Once you reach Devil's Bridge, you'll be greeted by an incredible view of the natural arch against the backdrop of Sedona's stunning red rock formations. The bridge itself is a bit intimidating to walk on, especially for those with a fear of heights, but taking cautious steps makes it manageable.

Capturing the Perfect Photo

Even on a weekday, there was a line of people waiting to get their photo taken on Devil's Bridge. The wait was worth it, as standing on the bridge provides a unique and thrilling photo opportunity. The sense of accomplishment and the panoramic views from the bridge make for an unforgettable experience.

Final Tips

  • Start Early: To avoid the crowds and the heat, start your hike early in the morning.

  • Bring Water: The desert environment can be harsh, so make sure to stay hydrated.

  • Wear Sunscreen: There is little shade on the trail, so protect yourself from the sun.

  • Hike on a Weekday: Weekdays are generally less crowded than weekends, offering a more peaceful experience.

Hiking to Devil's Bridge in Sedona, Arizona, was a remarkable adventure filled with stunning views, wildlife encounters, and the thrill of standing on the iconic natural arch. Whether you choose the quicker dirt road or the scenic trail, the journey and the destination are both unforgettable.

For anyone visiting Sedona, Devil's Bridge is a must-see attraction that promises a rewarding and picturesque experience.

Ready to explore more trails and adventures? Follow me on instagram @lacywanderlust for more travel tips and stories. Happy hiking!


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