Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Arriving on the outskirts of town, we made a left-hand turn toward...

We followed one of these pink jeeps for a part of the...

There are colorful and unique rock formations all around us...

Can you find the bird head and beak in this one?

We're beginning our descent to the valley to our starting point...

It's hard to tell but this road sucks! We bounced and jostled...

The beginning of the trail, note the truck on left...

A nice easy wide path for awhile...

Isn't this cool? Sure wouldn't want to be under it when it...

Beginning to climb, a little more difficult now but not too bad...

The views are awesome!

Hard to tell our altitiude until you compare the golf course in...

Never get tired of the beautiful views, liked the pretty wildflowers in...

Our first look and a zoom of the Devil's Bridge...

My honeys out there, can you see the golf course now? Wow,...

I was a bit nervous but couldn't turn our new friend down...

I never looked over the side while up there, too scared!

Ok, we are beginning our descent...

Down these rock 'stairs', much steeper than they look here!

We've made the turn down to the bottom of the arch now...

This ledge is beautifu, wish you could see it in person...

My honey just couldn't resist the urge to crawl in there!

Under a small portion of the bridge, looking up...

Whew, time for a rest!

View from underneath, this is a much easier place to hike to...

Hiking back to the turck I was so happy to finally see...

We took the scenic Red Rock Loop on our way home to...

Our final 'rock photo' for the day, this is on the way...


Today we hiked the 1.8 mile Devil's Bridge trail. To reach the trail head, we traveled 1.3 miles along Dry Creek Road, a rough, washboard dirt road, that about jarred our teeth loose! We passed several folks who parked at the bottom and hiked the extra mile instead of dealing with it. I wonder if they weren't smarter than we were? LOL... Anyway, we arrived, donned our caps and visors, loaded up our camera equipment, binoculars, water and walking sticks.

The first part of the trail is an old jeep route that is wide and fairly level. It leads through a scrubby high-desert forest of oak, piƱon, juniper and manzanita. Before long, the sandy, coral-colored trail works its way uphill, slowly at first, then more steeply. Vistas to the north and west expanded dramatically as we climbed, and the natural bridge remained hidden for most of the hike. It was getting very warm (in the 90's), so we took it slow and easy, stopping frequently in the shade, sipping our water.

After walking about three-quarters of a mile from the parking area, the trail forked as we approached the base of the cliff. We knew that if you headed down the path to the left, you end up at the base of the bridge. And the right fork leads to the top of the bridge. We chose to go to the top first. Wow, that required some physical effort! We took the natural stone "steps", which became quite steep. Our sticks sure came in handy there! Devil's Bridge is a billed as a moderate hike. Baloney! I can think of many folks who would be unable to complete this hike. Was it worth it? You bet.

Once past the 'steps', we made our way around the bend and there it was. Wow, what a spectacular view. The Bridge is fractured and it is posted as inadvisable to walk on, (though it is allowed), and most do. Including us. You certainly need to be careful if you do decide to walk on the arch, it's a 50 foot fall. A bit unnerving for me. And Larry too I believe. Some nice folks from Australia offered to take our picture. So you'll see us out there waving at you! Awesome....even though we were a bit intimidated, we agreed this was one of the most memorable parts of our trip to Arizona.

Clamoring back down the 'steps', we hiked back to the left-hand path, which lead down through brush to the underside of the bridge, looming about 50 feet overhead. Cool! I took a ton of pictures down here! While resting in the shade, we enjoyed checking out the weirdly shaped hollows and crevices on the rock wall. Larry felt it was necessary to climb up in there as he certainly hadn't abused his knees enough for one day! We were all alone (no crowd today) and we thoroughly enjoyed the rustling of the leaves, chirping of the birds and just taking in the sights and sounds in general. Ahhh, it was so quiet and peaceful !!! A wonderful way to end our stay here in this beautiful area....

P.S. I am posting 28 photos today, sorry about it being so many, but it's hard to share the flavor of the trip with less! Hope you enjoy...



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