Dry Creek Road

4/5 (14 reviews)
Sedona, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 05/18/2019
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Trail Information

Highlights

Dry Creek Road is an excellent trail for those looking for a nice hike ending in an amazing view. With easy access to landmarks such as Devil's Bridge, and Vultee Arch, you will surely not be disappointed! Another great perk of this trail is the historic Van Deren Cabin, which was originally homesteaded by Bill Fredericks, a local known for his "Good whiskey". In 1924 he sold the land to Earl Van Deren. Earl moved the north cabin from Sterling Canyon sometime between 1924 and 1929. Then in 1930 Van Deren decided to get married and constructed the South cabin and connected them with a common roof, creating a breezeway. The North cabin served as a kitchen, and the South cabin became known as the "Honeymoon cabin". During the 1940's, the cabins were used for two movies, "Riders of the Purple Sage", and "Blood on the Moon"

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Dry Creek Road is an easy and relaxed trail with multiple hiking outlets to great scenic points, and the historical Van Deren Cabin. It can be easily traveled by most unmodified 4x4's, with a minimal chance of undercarriage damage, any lifted vehicle should have no problems here. This trail is wide enough in most areas to easily get around oncoming traffic.

Trail Reviews

4/5 (14 reviews)
Rob
200
Status: Open
Visited: 11/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This trail is definitely harder than listed, though the ‘gate’ is the most difficult obstacle on the trail, at least for our Defender. Worth stopping at the cabin, as the trail is most interesting there. Lots of hikers on the trail up until the Devils Bridge TH, after that mostly Pink Jeeps.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 05/29/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

It was totally worth taking this trail just to avoid the parking lot madness for the Devils Bridge hike. Lots of hikers and pink jeeps along the trail so needed to drive slowly. Boulders at the beginning of the trail is passable with a stock 4runner with careful tire placement.
Mike
300
Status: Open
Visited: 04/12/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Very fun trail. I didn’t expect much given the 2-4 rating, but turned out to be a great drive with some good challenges. The Van Deren cabin is worth the side trip as not only do you get some neat history, but a few more fun obstacles. I do agree with others that there’s no way this is a 2 or 3. The gatekeeper and several other obstacles make it a minimum 4.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

First trip in our new to us Jeep. Intimidating at first. Great hiking and jumping off points. A lot of people traffic early but easy to coexist. Some fun “get your feet wet” type obstacles nothing scary nothing over the top. Saw a family in a Lexus SUV doing it. Albeit, he banged the rear bumper hard of some things.
Trail Review: Dry Creek Road - Tom Feore
Trail Review: Dry Creek Road - Tom Feore
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 03/15/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The feature at the start of the trail looks intimidating, but we saw a Jeep Compass (looked stock) and a small Range Rover on the trail. We made it up and over with no problem in a JKU with a 2.5 lift and 35s. Rest of the trail is relatively tame, a few rocky climbs with various lines, and sand. Great jumping off spot for hikes or biking in the area. Also nice to avoid the parking woes at the main trailhead to Devil’s Bridge.
Trail Review: Dry Creek Road - RICHARD STACKON

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