Devil’s Bridge Trail Fast Facts
Length: 4.2 miles without a 4×4, 2 miles with
Elevation gain: 564 ft.
Type: Out and Back
Dogs: Yes, on a leash
Approximate time to hike: 2-3 hours (depending on the line for pictures at the end)
Red Rock Pass: Required. The day pass can be purchased for $5
Parking: Devil’s Bridge Trail, Sedona, AZ 86336
Good for Instagram photos? One of the best spots in Sedona
About Devil’s Bridge Hiking Trail
Did you even go to Sedona if you didn’t hike or visit the famous Devil’s Bridge Trail? This must-do hike should be at the top of your itinerary when visiting the hidden gem city of Sedona.
Despite its off-putting name, the natural sandstone arch displays some of the most beautiful and heavenly views in the Sedona area. Devil’s Bridge’s name is derived from an old folklore tale suggesting that bridges were so peculiar and oddly structured that they must have been created or built by the Devil himself.
This trek is a moderate hike, finishing up around 2 miles round-trip. Even though you’re only ascending about 400 feet on the duration of your walk, you’re sitting at 4,600 feet in elevation, giving you 360-degree views of the surrounding Sedona area. The view is so good that it might even prompt the classic “hey, I can see my vacation rental from here!”
How to Hike Devil’s Bridge: For Non-Hikers
If hiking isn’t your thing, you are not alone. There are opportunities for off-road, 4×4, driving up to the area of Devil’s Bridge. It still requires a small amount of walking, but not as much as the original hiking path.
If you opt to take the 4×4, still expect to hike around 2 miles.
You may also bring along your favorite four-legged friend along this trail, just as long as you keep them on a leash and pick up after them!
Keeping this trail clean is very important; it is heavily trafficked and shared by many. Because Devil’s Bridge is a more popular trail, make sure you arrive early to avoid the crowds. While the trail itself can be hiked in about 2 hours, the wait for photos at the end can take up to an hour.
Tips for Getting the Perfect Picture
If you’re planning on getting that perfect shot for Instagram, try and get there a little early. Devil’s Bridge is best experienced when you have the time early in the morning to take in the incredible sights of the Coconino National Forest, and going early can save you some time to go check out the other fun things to do in Sedona.
This hike offers picturesque views of the surrounding red rocks and natural rock formations in this valley. It provides the perfect opportunity for photos and an excellent workout after eating out at some of Sedona’s best restaurants.