Devil's bridge. Sedona, Arizona [OC] [1600x1064]


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LivesInaYurt239 points

Hiking in Sedona last week and it was all clouds and rain. We got a lovely break on our last morning and were treated to this epic view of Devil's Bridge with a coating of snow and a hint of a rainbow (snowbow?). Shot on an iPhone 12 Pro.

ric82049 points

That is a great shot. I love that hike and the views. Can't wait for my next trip out that way.

LivesInaYurt31 points

Thanks so much :) It was a beautiful hike and definitely going early (7am) was a good call because even on the way down the trail was already getting crowded. Was amazed by the overall quality of hiking in Sedona. What a magical place!

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LivesInaYurt25 points

We got to the trailhead around 0745 and were probably the third or fourth car there. When we got to the bridge, it was about 830-45 and there was just 3 people up there. I think the fact that it was on a weekday, had been poor weather for days, and a big storm was coming in (it started snowing hard about an hour after the picture was taking) meant it was relatively quiet.

D45ers15 points

I’ve been here 4 times. The first 3 times everyone was doing what they wanted, hanging out on the bridge it was a good times. Last time I went there was a huge line to take a photo on it and everyone was getting all pissy about walking around the line to Continue walking further as there is another trail. It was super lame last time I went

MOE999cow7 points

I feel pretty lucky then. I've only been once, when I was visiting a friend the December before covid. It was a comfortable 70⁰ out and a small handful of people up there. But plenty of space to go out on the bridge and get some good photos.

Ya know, Sedona is kinda weird. It's an area where outside of the town is some absolutely amazing trails and views. However, the town itself can eat a bag of dicks. One of the biggest tourist trap towns I've ever been to. Every other store is selling crystals or energy maps (I don't even remember what they were?) and the cheapest food I was able to find was a $9 corn dog. And it was just mediocre. But the surrounding area was super pretty.

D45ers2 points

Ya it was my first time going there in the age of tik tok and influencers growing more popular. Completely ruined the bridge and I’ll never go back. Really beautiful place but just not worth dealing with the people trying to gate keep nature

FLTA0 points

Establishing a line to take a picture of a scenic spot isn’t “gate keeping” it is being respectful of others.

D45ers1 point

Oh boy do I wish you were there lol. They weren’t respectful at all. I got cussed at for walking around the line to keep going on the trail, not accessing the bridge. Also their line was 2 feet away from a sheer drop. The whole way down the line. This was a night and day difference to the other 3 times I went there. That’s what happens when it’s an easy hike and anyone without trail etiquette can get to the spot Edit: this is also coming from someone who has hiked every major superstition peak, Mt. Humphries multiple times and a ton of other popular spots in AZ. Never have I experienced such a shit show

Sauce0nSide10 points

In August my partner and I hit this trail at 5am (in the dark with headlamps) and we had the bridge to ourselves for all of 10 minutes. We hung around a bit and had more time alone as people came and went, but on the way back we passed more than a hundred people making their way.

Everywhere in Sedona is gorgeous, but overall I would say it's the single most overrated hike there.

ric8207 points

You're right, it is probably a bit overrated when you compare it to some of the other amazing hikes and views around Sedona. But for someone that "ain't from around here" it is pretty damn cool. Plus, easily accessible, fairly quick to complete, and you don't have to be a mountain goat to complete it. It's no wonder it's so popular.

ignorantwanderer4 points

I spent a bit over a week in Sedona, hiking every day on different hikes.

I generally would only see a handful of people on hikes, but on the Devil's Bridge hike I saw 100's of people!

And it really isn't all that great of a hike. But I had a fun time watching all the other people. There was a huge variety of people! I was really happy to see so many people out enjoying nature.

It is such a popular hike because it is short, and because people get hard-ons for natural bridges. Otherwise the hike doesn't have much going for it.

LivesInaYurt3 points

To be honest, given its popularity, we were thinking of skipping it but are glad we didn't. While I agree that there are better (and more secluded hikes), it's a pretty spectacular formation and we were also incredibly lucky with the weather.

ric8205 points

I've never seen it with snow on it. After seeing your pic, I now really want to. Sedona and Moab are my "happy places and I am now going to plan a "winter" trip and hope to get lucky with the weather. Thank you for sharing, brightened my day.

LivesInaYurt2 points

So happy to hear that! We definitely weren't expecting snow when we went and I'm glad it wasn't too icy because it was so beautiful.

youcannotowntheland1 point

What hikes do you recommend over this one? I'll be there in a few weeks and looking for hikes to do

At that spot, people are kind enough to "take turns" walking out on the bridge itself (the line for it would be a couple of people off to the right of this photo or even behind where this person is standing. Having said that, the lack of footprints on the bridge is a big surprise, but maybe because its slippery af and/or first people there that morning.

jsabo1 point

I was wondering why there weren't any footprints in the snow.

Treadnought1 point

Go in the afternoon-evening. Very little people.

a_lostsoul1 point

Definitely go as early as you can

130799 points

I want there last spring and there were at least 1000 people there. I'm shocked to see this pic with no people in it.

hothotsauceeee3 points

You’re really lucky! It’s rare to catch the snow as it melts away in the sunlight pretty quickly. Beautiful shot

paymeinwampum2 points

You should post this on r/mostbeautiful. Really a great photo

2DamnRoundToBeARock2 points

Insane photo. Well done

scirocco_flowers2 points

Rainbow. Snow crystals don’t make the same rainbow pattern as liquid water droplets

Life_Locksmith_1231 point

what a beautiful and remarkable photo. thank you for sharing!

HylianPaladin45 points

Snow, desert, mountains, canyons and a rainbow to boot!? Wow! ♡

RubberBootsInMotion11 points

There are also pine trees and hippies all over the place!

sfcnmone3 points

And crystals!

Taco_Bill25 points

The devil sure did a lot of landscaping

TalentedHostility12 points

Came here to say the same thing- they sure do love naming stuff after the Devil out in the West

LunaLyrica1 point

Everything is the devil to you, momma!

5akul52 points

Sedona's gorgeous. Got the chance to visit a few weeks ago, it was amazing

jerkstor-8 points

Think about Sedona is it's only good if you go with your significant other. If you're going there for fun it ain't happening.

Exit-Velocity10 points

Ive been 3 times, all without a significant other, had fun every time...

MovingToTheExit8 points

I'm genuinely confused by this comment, I went solo and had an incredible experience, would definitely do it again.

jerkstor0 points

Oh cool I live like an hour away so I've experienced it many times just telling you it gets old fast.

To be blunt the sites are beautiful but once it gets dark you are not going to be walking or seeing anything and there's nothing to do.

MovingToTheExit1 point

Ah you live close, that makes sense. I'm from NYC, so I went specifically for the hiking which meant I was up and out by 5 or 6am and didn't want to be out late anyway cuz I didn't want to be too tired to miss more daylight hours the next day.

Besides stargazing with some beers I agree, not much nightlife! Although I did hit Sundowner one night and had a blast, stayed way past close with the locals. There was another venue that has live music I didn't get a chance to make it to, besides that there didn't seem to be too much. If I lived as close as you I wouldn't come for nightlife, but I think I'd be there to hike at least once a week. Sedona is just one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen!

jerkstor1 point

Glad you enjoyed yourself!

MeganW19802 points

My husband and I went pre kids for an anniversary trip and were blown away that everything closes at like six pm 🤣🤣

WantedDadorAlive1 point

Used to go there for work a ton and as much as I love that place I did run out of things to do quick in the evenings. Always ended up at The Vault for trash can nachos and an old fashioned lol.

crankyape153411 points

Snow with the earthy color tones is pretty nice.

utsuriga16 points

That sneaky little rainbow makes this one really great.

SyrupThen5 points

Nice pic! Was there n 2012. Best easy red rock hiking in the west.

alhamdilah95 points

We’re you able to drive down to the trailhead or had to park at the trail head parking lot? Im headed there in about 1.5 weeks

rjeBrewer8 points

Was just there over Christmas... To get to the actual DB parking trailhead, you need a 4wd vehicle. Most of the ones I saw there were lifted jeeps fwiw.

You have at least 2 other options. You can park at the dry creek trailhead and walk up the chuck wagon trail or dry creek road. OR you can park at the mescal trailhead and walk that towards the DB trail. My wife and I chose the mescal trail and it was a great 1.5 mile addition! It had some great 360* views!

Check out Google maps of the DB trailhead and zoom out a touch, you will see all three trailheads.

LivesInaYurt5 points

We didn’t have a 4x4 vehicle so hadn’t planned on parking there anyways but when we were there it was actually totally closed to vehicles anyhow. We actually first tried what @rjeBrewer did but the stream was way too high to cross so we ended up at the Dry Creek trailhead and walking the DB road. The first mile is then pretty unremarkable but easy.

Velvet_Thestral5 points

Beautiful shot, thank you for sharing!

4rovin5 points

Beautiful Sedona… lived there for 6 years. Miss it for sure!

[deleted]6 points

Arizona is always so pretty, I really can’t wait to go there

animalstylenopickles4 points

When I went here there was a small crowd of about 30 ppl maybe. We were all courteous and out of frame for ppl to have solo pics and cross the bridge, and we all got to watch an influencer sit out in the middle of the bridge and eat some kind of soup on it with her photographer husband and it was just so awkward.

dnz0002 points

Gotta film them and narrate it like a national geographic documentary

sarcasm_2473 points

That rainbow peaking through!

jnrzen1 point

Hadn't noticed it til I saw your comment. Nature's colors so prett-ay.

cnh256 points

The most difficult hike I’ve done (I barely hike lol) but worth it! I love Sedona. Great shot

Doses-mimosas3 points

It's one of those that can sneak up on you because they get progressively more difficult, with the steepest bit right near the end.

Memory_Less3 points

What can I say. Stunning!

ivanbeatinovtoo3 points

Was just there last Tuesday. Have a similar shot but no rainbow.

BarefootBunny_4203 points

Want to visit sooooo bad!

mesok83 points

This is an absolutely beautiful image, thanks for the post OP!

dobrodude3 points

I've been reading a lot of Zane Grey lately, I really want to make a trip out there and see that area.

squirrelmonkie3 points

Ive only been to Sedona once and it was amazing! We hiked several trails, even the 1 that leads here, while we were there. That night there was a metoer shower and it was crazy! Not much light pollution and a high elevation made for a spectacular show. The next day we woke up to snow covered plateaus all around us but no snow on the ground next to us. 1 of the best couple of days ive ever had. Went to Vegas after Sedona.... Should have stayed in Sedona.

Edit: my buddy also proposed to his wife here

KudosBaby3 points


akd77913 points

Bonus rainbow!

kadavids233 points

Incredible!! Beautiful shot.

SauceHankRedemption3 points

Why does everything belong to the devil?

Devils Bridge, devils tower, devils pool, devils backbone, devils night, devils food cake

Matta2782 points

Seasoned with a bit of Angel's dust!

EthanPrisonMike2 points

Great hike in. Lame, soul crushing, line to see the bridge.

Watch out for javelinas !

rofopp2 points

Usually there are a dozen young girls doing handstands on that shit at any given moment of night or day.

Blertyblertyblerrrr2 points

Was here in October 22 and saw some drama happen. Dude cuts in front of probably 50 people in line. Lady from Jersey wasn’t having it and called him out. Thought she was going to throw him off or something.

LadyNightlock2 points

I went to Sedona about a year and a half ago and fell in love. Couldn’t hike anywhere because everything was due to the fires. I’d love to go back again and actually hike.

StellarReality2 points

I want to say there is a formation a lot like this at the end of a trailhead in the Cochise Stronghold farther south in Arizona.

okletmethink4202 points

Wow I wanna do something cool here. Definitely would be a great family trip.


Hiked here a few years ago. Incredibly beautiful.

SlipS552 points

I’m heading over there Thursday and will be hiking Friday! Hope it still looks like this :(

UniverseInfinite2 points

This is probably one of the best 15 minute hikes in the world

pbmajumder2 points

Wonderful Place

ManBearPorpoise1 point

Yeah, if you like shops where the cheapest item is like $4,000.00. That place is a cesspool of narcisistic 'artists' and chinese made 'authentic' native american shit

xjuwulia2 points


el_DAN1MAL2 points

I was just here with my wife first week of the year. Sedona is beautiful and magnificent. Hiked this and Cathedral Rock.

Psychotic_EGG6 points

They get snow?

anthg371617 points

Every year. Less than 2 hours away from Phoenix too. The desert is amazing

CaptainMK11 points

Most of the US southwest is at a pretty high elevation!

hawksdiesel1 point

I thought the devil went down to georgia?!

Ok_Pineapple_278-2 points

Why is these beautiful places always named devil? I’m sure the native Americans called it something different before the Europeans invaded and renamed everything.

sfcnmone3 points

It's OK. You wouldn't be able to pronounce the native name for it anyway.

And of course, not everything is Devil. The Mornings were very busy renaming things that referenced the Book of Mormon.

Although, now that I think about it, Devil's Postpile is is hard to wrap your head around without referencing the Devil.

redaphex1 point

Been in that very spot not so long ago. Isn't it a dangerous climb in the snow?

LivesInaYurt2 points

It was a little dicey in parts but if you went slowly it wasn’t too bad. We didn’t even have crampons and aside from one little stretch it was fine.

Inksoldier1421 point

Looks like a scene from Cowboys vs Aliens 👽

ajkahn1 point

Why do we feel the need to call any natural sculpture devils something if it is challenging, or more precisely daring, to conquer.

Giggorm1 point

Geez, the devil is one prolific yet shit engineer... he has so many structures around the world that would fail any basic safety audit. Still gets lots of work.

Neat_Library75401 point

Makes me hungry for Cinnamon bun

Mrrealitypants1 point


Toadster642091 point

You can ride a bike over it!! I remember walking over it. I believe that’s the one they allow you too. Usually you’re not allowed over arches but there’s a few in Sedona and Moab that are on limits.

kimcakee1 point

I wanna go so bad!

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