The Scenic Hike to Devil's Bridge, An Amazing Natural Bridge in Sedona, Arizona

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Devil's Bridge, a natural bridge in Sedona, Arizona.

The Devil's Bridge Trail is a moderately difficult five-mile round trip hike that takes the adventurer to one of the most popular and well-known landmarks in the Sedona area. Other than the last half mile, this Sedona hike moves along a relatively level and easily navigated trail with sweeping views in every direction.  Then it becomes steep and challenging. The trail has portions that are potentially dangerous with upward winding rock steps, requiring that the hiker is especially attentive and cautious. Hikers do ventiure out onto the center section of the sandstone bridge, but we strongly advise against it and recommend that hikers avoid the narrowing parts of the bridge and the risk of a dangerous or deadly fall. In 2014, a woman fell 75 feet to her death from the bridge.

Those warnings aside, the hiker is rewarded with the incredible experience of viewing up close a spectacular natural wonder. From the moment you leave the trailhead, the scenery on this hike is breathtaking, with views of Cockscomb, Doe Mountain, Bear Mountain, Mingus Mountain, and Long Canyon, as well as other unnamed, incredibly stunning red rock formations. Setting aside the amount of time you spend at Devil's Bridge, the actual total hiking time of the route will be between two and three hours.

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