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2. Devil’s Bridge Trail

Hiker standing atop Devil’s Bridge in Sedona
You might have to wait in line for a while at Devil’s Bridge, so a good tip is to get to know the people around you. Maybe someone will agree to take your photo for you in exchange for the same favor. Photo by Missy S. licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Devil’s Bridge foretells trouble, but evokes delight

Considering how extensively photographed this bad boy is, chances are you’ve already seen it on a screensaver or a coworker’s new profile picture (inspirational quote and all). 

Devil’s Bridge, the largest natural sandstone arch in the area, may seem intimidating at first, but don’t mistake its name as an indicator of difficulty. This staple Sedona hike is largely a casual affair with breathtaking views of Red Rock country and plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching.

It’s not long either, but just like Cathedral Rock Trail, it features a steep climb at the tail end; in this case, an uneven rocky staircase. Consider wearing hiking shoes for this one, or shoes with grippy rubber soles.

The trail itself is just under 2-miles roundtrip, but you’ll likely have to walk about two or three times that because parking spaces are a rare commodity. If you happen to have a 4×4 vehicle, you can drive straight to the trailhead and shorten your trip.

Another thing to note is that you don’t actually cross Devil’s Bridge. When it’s finally your turn to commemorate the occasion, you step onto the wide ledge—get your photo taken—then come back the same way. Now, I hope this doesn’t ruin the mystique for you: the trail is still gorgeous and the sights well worth it.

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