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One day in the olden times, old Megan of Llandunach stood by the side of the river Mynach feeling very sorry for herself. The Mynach was in flood, and roared down the wooded dingle in five successive falls. Just below where Megan was standing there was a great cauldron in which the water whirled, boiled and hissed as if troubled by some evil spirit.
One look at the car park and you can immediately tell what is the most popular hike in the area - the Devils Bridge Sedona. Even in low season, the car park overflows onto the road, and not just on a weekend. The Devils Bridge has become very popular on social media and for good reason.
The bridge is high up, has a huge arch, looks precarious and offers one of the prettiest sweeping views in Sedona.
Devils Bridge Sedona: The view everyone comes for. You can skip to the section you want by clicking on the links below:. The trail to the Devils Bridge. What to expect on the trail. How wide is the Devils Bridge. Type of Hike: Return out and back Distance: 3. There are three routes to the Devils Bridge which vary in terms of difficulty. The easiest and shortest follows a 4x4 dirt road most of the way, the other two are more scenic, but a lot longer and harder going. If you have a 4x4 or ATV you can actually get to within 0.
Due to time constraints, we had to take the shortest and easiest track this is by far the most popular.
There are many others that are more scenic in the area, but the end destination more than makes up for it. The final stretch is a lot more picturesque, where it is primarily an uphill climb to the bridge.
The road is a dirt track which goes downhill gradually all the way to the 4x4 car park. From the 4x4 car park it is uphill all the way to the bridge. Each step takes you up a little higher and there are nice wide steps for the majority of the way. There are a few places with lovely views to stop and take a breather as you go. We were lucky enough to see the waterfall frozen over!
Devils Bridge Sedona: A good place to catch your breath and take in the view. Devils Bridge Sedona: The result of several days of cold weather and snow! We recommend having a stop to take in the view of the valley around you. We saw a couple of people give up at this point, even though it was literally metres from the bridge!
It is a very short section, but the steps are a little steeper than on the rest of the track. Overall the trail is pretty easy and we saw many families enjoying the trail. Once at the top of the large steps you turn the corner and will see this view! Read next: Lower Antelope Canyon - how to plan a trip to this stunning slot canyon. There are two great viewpoints to get that classic shot. To really get the height and scale of the Devils Bridge, the photographer will have to go towards the edge of the cliffside which is down a little way to the left from the main trail.
The perfect spot to shoot is the other side of the small waterfall. This view offers more of the valley and is definitely our favourite of the Devils Bridge. Devils Bridge Sedona: As you can see, everyone told us to go 2 hours before sunset. Sadly it is still in shadow at this time in winter.
The other good vantage point is looking at the other end of the bridge. Simply look for a small turning on the left of the main trail that you came in on for a ledge it is the opposite end to the waterfall. From here you can get a less often photographed perspective. Read next: Zion National Park in Winter - everything you need to know. The trail back is a lot easier going. The path to the 4x4 car park is entirely downhill and not as hard work. From the car park it is just walking along the dirt road back to the main car park.
Read next - Zion National Park hikes - the best to do. This was a nasty surprise to us. Clearly they all visited during the summer as we arrived three hours before sunset in February to find the bridge in complete shadow! Time of year clearly makes a big difference.
The Devils Bridge faces east and has several tall mountains behind it. The best time to have the bridge illuminated will be a few hours after sunrise and a few before sunset in the summer. If seeing this place without the crowds is your goal, then early morning is the best time. The busiest time in all places in Sedona is the middle of the day, but you normally see very few people on any of the trails in the early morning.
The trail to the bridge is well formed and of a very good standard. The bridge itself is solid a lot wider than you think and photos make it seem narrow and scary but the reality is very different. We hiked the trail to the Devils Bridge in February when one of the rare snow storms occurred. There was a lot of snow around and the waterfalls had frozen over. Despite the weather you could walk all the way to the bridge on a clear path.
If you are concerned, then you can buy Yak Tracks which can slip over your boots and help with any icey parts. Surprisingly wide! The beginning of the bridge felt like it was several metres wide and, although it narrowed in the middle to about one metreit never felt scary at any point.
If the narrowest section unnerves you, you can still get great photos standing on the wider section. The car park and trailhead for Devils Bridge is about seven miles away from the centre of town and can be found along Vultee Arch Road. Parking can be a struggle here - especially in the middle of the day.
If you are parking in the 4x4 car park it was tiny but very few people seem to use it so it had space both times we passed by. Check for sunscreen on Amazon or REI. Hiking Boots: Merrell Moab for men and women. Check them out on REI or Amazon. Reusable water bottle: To avoid single-use plastic. Check then out on REI or Amazon. Yak Trax: A game changer for hiking in the snow. Icebreaker Base Layer: What we always wear in the winter and makes a huge difference for keeping warm.
Check out on REI or Amazon. However, our favourite was the Sedona Summit due to its location its pretty close to the main town and the stunning hot tub views it offers. The rooms were really good value and spacious which made them perfect to retreat to. One bugbear though is that the properties are time share and therefore expect to receive a sales pitch!
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