DAY 4: HIKE TO DEVIL’S BRIDGE
The areas to the NNW of Sedona offer some of the best views and numerous trails. This trail is located off Dry Creek Road and Vultee Arch (FR152), Devil’s Bridge is the largest natural sandstone arch in the Sedona area. The trailhead begins with an elevation of 4,600 feet. You’ll climb 400 feet in altitude on a moderate trail. Total hike is 1.8-mile round trip.
Starting in the parking area, you will see a trailmarker pointing to the Devil’s Bridge Trail. It starts out pretty easy and you’ll be on a wide, clear path that takes you through washes with juniper and prickly pear cactus.
As you climb, you’ll begin to take in the wide open views of the valley below. After you’ve gone about three-quarters of a mile, the trail will divide. Head down the path to the left and you’ll end up almost underneath Devils Bridge. Go the other way and you’ll follow a steep natural staircase to an open area with super views. Continue on and it’ll take you to the top of Devil’s Bridge for the biggest views.
Directions: From West Sedona on US 89A continue to Dry Creek Road (FR152). Turn right on Dry Creek Road and drive for two miles to where FR152 forks and take the right fork (leaving the paved road). About 1.3 miles up this road, turn right to Devil’s Bridge Trailhead and parking lot. I’ve seen some older guide books that will tell you it’s ok to take a passenger car up the Forest Service road (FR152) to the trailhead. Without a high clearance vehicle, I would park about half way there and walk the rest. You’ll see a LOT of scrape marks on the boulders/ledge in the road from cars bottoming out.