Visitors that are staying in Sedona, Arizona for a vacation will want to visit the Devil's Bridge Trail. It is located in the Coconino National Forest. This area offers an array of hiking, camping and cabin rentals.
Devil's Bridge is a natural sandstone arch. Visitors start the trail at an elevation of 4,600 feet and climb a modest four hundred feet in a one point eight mile hike to reach the top. This hike is considered to be moderately difficult, but worth it.
The first part of the trail to Devil's Bridge is very easy as it follows the old jeeping trail. This is smooth and clean and won't leave visitors breathless. This area of the trail goes through washes that have juniper and prickly pear cactus. Follow the trail marker that points to Devil's Bridge.
This path will start a slow incline that does become steeper as the hikers progress. This scenery is beautiful and a camera is recommended. Once hikers have gone about three quarters of a mile from the parking lot the trail splits.
Hikers that take the left path will go down to a view of Devil's Bridge from underneath it. At the bottom of the bridge guests can look up approximately fifty feet to the sandstone arch of the bridge. This view makes an awesome picture.
People taking the trail to the right will keep climbing. They will come to a natural rock staircase. This first staircase opens up to a wide viewing area with incredible views. Hikers must still keep trekking upward to reach another level that goes right to the Devil's Bridge.
If the hiker is brave enough they can walk on top of the Devil's Bridge, but caution is necessary. This walk across is not tough, but it is a long way down.
This area sees a lot of visitors all the time. The trail is open throughout the year and takes about an hour and a half. To reach the Devil's Bridge Trail from Flagstaff drive south about twenty seven miles on Highway 89A toward Sedona. Proceed through Sedona to Dry Creek Road (FR152). Turn right onto Dry Creek Road and go two miles to the fork of FR152. Leave the paved road onto the right fork.
The road is a bit rough, but passenger vehicles can make the trip unless it has been raining then this type of vehicle is not recommended. Travel about 1.3 miles on this road. The trailhead parking lot will be on the right.
Visitors to the area can stay in Sedona or Flagstaff. There are many hotels in both areas. Sedona has great shopping, restaurants and five star hotels with spas and golfing. Every year they have music festivals, concerts, symphonies and theatrical performances as well as community events.
Sedona's shopping district is nestled by the red rocks and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is a replica of the Mexican town of Guadalajara. It features specialty stores, fountains, live entertainment and boutique stores.