Description: Another short but interesting drive close to Sedona. Only the last part of the trip is challenging. See remains of a well-preserved homesteader’s cabin. A metal roof has been added to the cabin to help preserve it. Watch for rattlesnakes inside the cabin. Side trip to Devils Bridge makes a great hike. If you park, hike, or stop along the route, you’ll need a Red Rocks Pass. Several rock ledges require careful tire placement. Tight brush in a few places. Stock SUVs with high ground clearance can make it.
Time & Distance: This trip is 2.7 miles one way and takes leass than an hour to drive. Allow more time to explore, hike and enjoy the area.
Trail Conditions: Coconino National Forest, Red Rock Ranger District. Call (928) 203-7500.
Remember: trail conditions, fire restrictions, weather, and land ownership change constantly so everyone must take responsibility for themselves, both for their safety and complying with all laws. Please understand that means YOU.
Directions to the Trail: From the intersection of Highways 89A and 179 in the middle of Sedona, drive west on 89A about 3.1 miles and turn right on paved Dry Creek Road. Go north 2 miles and turn right on F.S. 152. Follow the sign to Vultee Arch.
Return Trip: Return the way you came.
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Get yourself and your rig ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.
Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.
Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.
If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!