The term “Devil’s Bridge” is used to describe the ancient bridges present in the world. Are they haunted? No one knows for sure! But these bridges always have some spooky folktale related to their origin. One such interesting sandstone structure is Devil’s Bridge Trail in Sedona, Arizona, USA.
Devil’s Bridge Trail Sedona is a natural sandstone arch and a hiking place located at 5 min. drive outside Sedona to wnon Dry Creek Road in Coconino National Forest.
It was formed by weather and wind erosion activity many years ago. Certain rocky features like sharp rocks, huge boulders, steep land, etc. can be observed here.
The trail is around 2.9 miles one-way (5.8 miles roundtrip) in length and the directions are properly marked along the way.
There is a separate unpaved track here that is reserved for the jeep trail. The trail is not that difficult, it is a good walk. Even many families enjoy the trail along with kids.
What is the best time to visit Devil’s Bridge Trail?
The best time to visit would be in summer (June to August). To observe the arch in its full glory, arrive a few hours just after sunrise or before sunset. If you arrive in the afternoon, you would feel the scorching sun over your head.
How to arrive at Devil’s Bridge Trail?
As the trail region is very rough and bumpy, if you have a 4×4 SUV with high ground clearance, you can arrive much closer to the trail.
But the trail is best experienced by taking a walk as you can enjoy the natural beauty of Coconino Forest and the landscape.
One way to arrive at the trail is to park your vehicle at Dry Creek Trailhead and walk (or drive a bike) to arrive at Devil’s Bridge Trailhead.
Another way is to park at the Mescal Trailhead at Long Canyon Road and make you towards the trail.
What to experience along the trek?
Once you arrive at the starting point of the trail, you start your trek along the dirt track. First, it goes a little bit downhill where you arrive at the 4×4 car park.
You will be greeted with a lot of red rock cliffs and stretches of green forests in each direction. From this point, the trek goes uphill till you arrive at the bridge.
The climb is not that steep and easily achievable even by young children. There are proper steps for most of the trek.
Be sure to bring a good camera with you, as there are some amazing opportunities for photography along the way. Once you reach the famous “Devil’s Bridge”, you can see a beautiful panoramic view of the entire valley.
Other points of interest in Sedona
Besides Devil’s Bridge Trail, there are many other interesting places to discover in Sedona. Let us have a look at some of them:
There are more than 100 different trails in Sedona! Each one offers a unique experience and photography opportunities.
One such famous trail is Cathedral Rock Trail, around 10 miles from Devil’s Bridge Trail Sedona. This trail may not be too easy but offers spectacular views of red rock formations.
Other hiking trails in the region include Bell Rock Pathway, Boynton Canyon, Palatki Ruins. Some of these have that “antique” Native American touch to them with cave paintings.
These are cyclones of energy that gush up from beneath the ground and everyone present in the vicinity feels the energy.
Two categories of vortexes are Masculine (energy leaving the earth) and Feminine (energy entering the earth). There are four prime vortex regions in the city:
1. The Airport Vortex
This vortex is along the route 89A and produces masculine energy. It is said to strengthen your self-confidence and motivation factor.
2. The Cathedral Rock Vortex
This one is present near Red Rock State Park and holds feminine aspects like compassion, goodness, and patience.
3. The Boynton Canyon Vortex
It is located in the northwest direction along Dry Creek Road. This vortex has a balance of masculine and feminine energies.
4. The Bell Rock Vortex
Present in the south direction along route 179, this beautiful vortex showcases a mix of both categories along with balance.
Red Rock State Park
The trip to Red Rock State Park is recommended when you visit Sedona. One of the most famous landmarks of Arizona – Cathedral Rock – is present here.
The area is huge, around 286 acres, and located about 10 miles southwest of “Y” intersection along Oak Creek.
This area offers a trail network of 5 miles with an optional guided tour at the visitor center to learn about the area’s history, nature walks, and moonlit hikes.
The highest point in the park is The Eagle’s Nest Loop. The hiking trails here vary in difficulty and also offer a Junior Ranger program for children between ages 6 to 12.
What could be greater than enjoying the scenic landscape from up in the sky? Sedona offers a variety of helicopter rides.
One such famous rides are Sedona Helicopter Wild West Tour. It departs from 1200 Airport Road and tours the entire greater Sedona region.
You can enjoy the amazing views of canyons, rivers, and rock formations which signify the uniqueness of Sedona.
You will also get to know the natural and cultural history of the region along with the story of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Thus, Devil’s Bridge Trail in Sedona is one of the most adventurous places in Arizona, USA. It is the best place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
You do not need to be a skilled mountaineer or something since the trail is fairly easy even for children. There are also other interesting places that you can discover in the Sedona region.
One thing we can say for sure is that after completing this tour it will quickly fill all of your Instagram and Facebook feeds and stories!