Tuesday, September 23, 2008
DEVIL’S BRIDGE Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness Whatever you do, don’t let the fact that you’ll have to bump elbows with camera-toting tourists and jockey for a parking spot at the trailhead deter you from visiting the natural sandstone arch known as Devils Bridge. Untold bazillions of visitors can’t be wrong, and it’s easy to see why this trail is one of Sedona’s most popular hiking destinations. Despite the crowds, a sense of wilderness prevails. Majestic pine trees, desert scrub and colorful wildflowers decorate the sandy, red-earth path and accentuate dramatic views. Beneath the soaring bridge, brisk canyon breezes and mottled rays of sunlight funnel through the sandstone and play on the stratified walls of the high-desert canyon. Near the end of the easy-to-follow trail, an obvious spur path leads to the top of the arch where sights touch the soul and the roar of the wind hushes the din of the crowds. LENGTH: 2 miles round-trip RATING: moderate ELEVATION: 4607' - 4800' FEE: A Red Rock Pass ($5 daily fee per vehicle) is required. Available at many retail outlets in Oak Creek and Sedona. GETTING THERE: From the junction of Highway 179 and Highway 89A in Sedona, turn left onto Highway 89A and continue for 3.2 miles to Dry Creek Road. Turn right onto Dry Creek Road (Forest Road 152C) and continue for 2 miles to the turn off for Forest Road 152 on the right. Continue on FR-152 (maintained dirt) for about a mile to the signed parking area for Devil’s Bridge.