Roaming the Southwest Day 4: Devils Bridge Hike and Historic Brewing Co in Williams Arizona

Today was the day I had been dreading; The Devil’s Bridge.

Since we were losing our ability to cook after this morning, we prepared one last breakfast of scrambled eggs with goat cheese and green onions folded in – yum! – and reluctantly checked out of Sedona Springs Resort.

Devils Bridge Hike

There are several trails that you can take to reach the Devils Bridge trailhead, one of which is a boring dusty jeep road used by all of the tour groups. We definitely didn’t want to do that, so we parked at the Mescal Trailhead (free) and hiked the Mescal Trail instead, which intersects with the beginning of the Devils Bridge trail, bypassing the jeep road.

Mescal Trail
On the Mescal Trail.
Devils bridge trailhead
Your intrepid author getting ready for impending doom.

I must confess that I suffer from vertigo so I was sufficiently nervous about Devils Bridge but it’s wider in person than it looks in photos so I was only mildly uncomfortable! I think Mescal + Devils Bridge was about 4 miles roundtrip and a fairly shallow incline until the last section right before the bridge when it goes vertical.

Devils bridge
The money shot.


Williams, Arizona

Having not fallen off the bridge, we set out for our next destination: The Grand Canyon. On the way, we stopped in Williams, AZ which is a really cool, cute town centered around historic Route 66. We had lunch at El Corral (yes, tacos three days in a row), which was super fresh and the best Mexican food of the entire trip, in my opinion.

williams arizona route 66
The main drag in Williams, AZ. Photo courtesy of wikipedia commons.

Historic Brewing Co.

After lunch, we had time to walk around a bit and stumbled upon an outpost of Historic Brewing Company from Flagstaff. Since the weather was absolutely gorgeous and they had an inviting outdoor space, we made the executive decision to split a flight of six beers.

Historic brewing williams az

We chose 3 variations of their staple Piehole Porter (cocoa, pumpkin, and regular), Joy Rye’d rye pale ale, and two double IPA’s.

historic brewing williams arizona beer sampler
This is my kind of reading.

Of the three porters, the pumpkin version was my favorite, followed by the “regular” Piehole (which is vanilla cherry infused), and the cocoa Piehole came in last for me because I just didn’t pick up any cocoa at all.

One of the DIPA’s was called “Alternative Facts”  which I found hysterical. The description reads just like a typical Trump speech: “Budweiser? It’s fake. It’s a fake beer. This double IPA is gonna be the greatest beer we ever brewed. Nobody brews a beer like we do. It’s the biggest beer ever.”

But at the risk of sounding un-American, I have to say that I preferred the other DIPA, (sorry, I can’t find the name anywhere) which was more juicy.

Arriving at the Grand Canyon

As we were leaving Williams, the rental car’s low tire pressure warning came on, so we had to double back to fill up the low tire and we also made sure the spare tire was sufficiently full just in case. Fortunately we made it to the south rim of the Grand Canyon without further incident.

We quickly checked in to our room at the Maswik Lodge and hustled out to the south rim trail just in the nick of time to catch the sunset. As it grew dark, we walked around a bit, checking out the restaurants and lobbies of Bright Angel Lodge and El Tovar.

Since you can easily spend a couple hundred dollars per night staying inside the park, we chose the least expensive option and stayed at Maswik Lodge, specifically the south complex which is even cheaper ($90/night) because it’s not air conditioned. This wasn’t an issue in late-November since it was below freezing at night.

Honestly, the room was a little dated, but totally fine and only a 5 minute walk to the rim. Additionally, the Maswik food court is the least expensive restaurant option in the Village. Since we were still pretty satisfied from lunch, we had snacks for dinner and went to sleep early.