From the moment you enter into the Red Rock Sedona area, beauty is all around. With each turn on the windy highway, new rocks come into view, all different colors and shapes. Some have trees growing from them, other times they’re a dusty red color that almost doesn’t seem natural. The entire town of Sedona embraces this red color, and everything un-natural that humans have built seems to fit in, because it too is a dusty red color.
There are many turn-offs you can take from the highway, taking photos that look about like everyone else’s that have ventured into this area. Some photos must be taken off the beaten path, up the red rocks, a few miles in.
Sedona is a hiking town. It’s kind of like a ski town, except instead of rolling into a restaurant with your snow gear on after a day on the mountain, you roll in with your hiking shoes, backpack, and tired feet.
The Devil’s Bridge Trail is a great hike for most, not too strenuous until the end, where there are steps made from rocks, a little bit of climbing, and switchbacks to get over. The view is completely worth the mile hike into the rocky mountain of red. There are several different places you can park to get to Devil’s Bridge Trailhead; it just depends on how far you want to hike. From the Devil’s Bridge parking area, the hike is about one mile each direction, so two miles total. From Long Canyon Road, it’s a 4-mile round-trip hike, and from the Dry Creek Vista parking area, the hike is about 6 miles round-trip via the Chuck Wagon Trail.
We decided on the longer hike, about 6 miles round-trip, so we parked at the Dry Creek Vista parking area and started out on our hike on the Chuck Wagon Trail with a picnic lunch in our backpacks. The first 2 miles are pretty easy, great trails but with some rocks to maneuver. Some people had regular tennis shoes on, but we were glad to have hiking shoes.
We went off the beaten path a little bit on the way out to Devil’s Bridge. Curt likes to venture out a bit for different views. We had our picnic lunch on a couple of good resting rocks and continued on. There are several people on the trail, all happy to be there and excited for yet another amazing view.
Devil’s Bridge is one of those places that has to speak for itself. It’s impossible to capture the depth and height of the bridge, even from the best of cameras. About the width of a car at its narrowest point, many people, even those afraid of heights, are safe to step out onto the bridge. Some people conquer their worst fear of heights here; others are exhilarated by the natural beauty.
We thoroughly enjoyed our hike to Devil’s Bridge Trail. We did see quite a few people on the trail at the same time, as Sedona is fully tourist country, so next time we might attempt to find a trail that is less traveled. But for the view, it was one great day.
More adventures tomorrow…