Coconino National Forest: Devil’s Bridge

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The Coconino National Forest surrounds the towns of Sedona and Flagstaff in Arizona with landscapes ranging from red rocks and deserts to pine forests. We were staying in Sedona for part of our Arizona vacation and had stumbled upon the Devil’s Bridge hike when researching things to do in the area.

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It didn’t occur to us at the time that this striking red rock terrain was actually part of a national forest, so we didn’t find the Devils Bridge webpage.  Instead, we asked at our hotel about it and they pointed us in the general direction with a map. Even with the map, we had a hard time finding the trail head at first. There is trail head parking just off Vultee Arch.

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There is an easy green trail marked on the map at the trail head. There is also a moderate blue trail and difficult red trail. The trails are not themselves marked by color. We opted for the easy trail.

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The easy trail is the dirt road just before the parking lot that the jeep tourism companies use. It is uphill, sandy, hot and dry…so ‘easy’ is a relative term. The whole 3-mile hike was a piece of cake for my husband (who runs Spartan Races) but not so much for me and my daughter.

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In three-quarters of a mile, the dirt road meets up with the path to Devils Bridge. From there, it becomes more difficult. It’s another climb of about three quarters of a mile with some steep natural stone steps and very little shade.

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There are wonderful views of the valley and surrounding mountains on the way up.

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The natural bridge is a 50-foot high sandstone arch and looks perilous as you approach it, but it’s wider than it appears as you walk out on it. Fearless people do jumping jacks for selfies in the middle of the bridge.

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I stood there long enough for a photo, fighting the urge to crawl back to safety, trying not to look down at the sheer drop on either side of me.

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To see my other Sedona posts, click below:

  • Devil’s Bridge
  • Bell Rock (coming soon)
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross (coming soon)

Location: Devil’s Bridge Trail, Sedona, AZ 86336

Designation: National Forest

Date designated or established: 7/2/1908

Date of my visit: August 23, 2014

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31 thoughts on “Coconino National Forest: Devil’s Bridge

      1. I’m really looking forward to your Sedona posts. If we go there – it’s not yet been fixed – we’ll stay in Sedona for 5 nights [that will be on a programme with a group], and after that do our own trip of the four corners area, with sightseeing and bicycling.

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  3. Kings On the Road

    We are touring the Coconino right now. Yesterday we hiked the beautiful Bell Trail near Montezuma Well. Will definitely add Devil’s Bridge to our itinerary. Weather great here right now. Thanks fo the tip.

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  5. We didn’t get to spend much time in AZ on our long road trip last year. Your Cononino posts area really making me regret that! Hopefully this year I’ll get out there. Great blog – I look forward to reading more!

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