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Hiking Devil's Bridge In The Winter


When we imagine Arizona in the winter we think of blue skies, the sunshine, palm trees, and warm temperatures. So imagine our surprise when we were driving from San Diego, California to Sedona, Arizona this past February and found ourselves driving in a snow storm.

There we were, two travelers in our rented SUV driving slowly along the highway in Arizona as snow and sleet came down on us. When we finally made it to our destination we hoped that the snow would not close any of the trails as our plans for the next few days involved hiking.





The next morning when we woke up we knew two truths:

  1. There was going to be snow on our hike.
  2. Sedona is beautiful with snow 

Over the years, we saw plenty of beautiful photos of Devil's Bridge. For us, this was a definite must do, sunshine or snow! Luckily for us, we had packed warm clothes and two pairs of shoes. 



Getting to the Devil's Bridge trailhead is not that hard. Ask any local and they can easily point you in the direction. 

About the Trail

The Devil's Bridge trail is a moderate hike. There are some narrow passageways you will need to take to get there, but nothing too unmanageable. It's a popular trail so you are bound to run into a few other hikers, even in the snow! 

It is roughly 2 miles long. That said, the ascent up to Devil's Bridge is where the challenge occurs. That is where you will find a few narrow and steep inclines. Take your time and you'll be just fine.

This trail is incredibly beautiful. Don't be in too much of a rush to get to Devil's Bridge. There are plenty of spots along the trail to stop and take in all the beauty that surrounds you. 










Once you arrive at Devil's Bridge you are bound to run into a few other hikers. Everyone is so relieved to finally reach this beautiful location after the last strenuous part. It's always nice to meet fellow hikers on the trails, and especially when they offer to take a photo of you and your partner standing on Devil's Bridge. 







Devil's Bridge is wider than it looks. That said, you should still use caution while standing on it!


Our Tips for Hiking Devil's Bridge in the Winter 


  1. Bring Water! - Even though it is cold out, you will still be hiking and going up a few inclines, so you will need water. 
  2. Bring A Protein Snack - We always hike with a snack, just in case. Even though a trail may say 2 miles, you do not know how long it will take you to hike those two miles. 
  3. Prepare to Yield - With some of the narrow paths, be prepared to yield to those coming down or who are hiking much quicker than you.
  4. Bring Your Camera - This is a no-brainer. Sedona is incredibly gorgeous from every viewpoint, and you will need it. 
  5. It's a RARE Sight...Enjoy it! - A local told us we were very fortunate to see a Sedona Snowfall because they were rare and not many individuals get to enjoy the snow and the red rocks. 



Have you ever hiked a trail in the snow? What advice do you have? Was it worth it? 



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  1. Looks like such a beautiful place guys!!! Fabulous photos! Hiking in the snow would be just magical! Xx

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    2. At first we were worried about the snow, but it was quite an experience to see the contrast of the snow and red rocks.

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  2. Your pictures are pure perfection 💕

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  3. I love the pictures! The place looks awesome..

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    1. Hi Sahar, if you have not been to Sedona yet, we encourage you look more into it :) Absolutely beautiful location!

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