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Cathedral Rock

Sedona, Arizona

based on 23 reviews



1.7 miles

Elevation Gain

925 ft

Route Type



Added by Justin Ritucci

Cathedral Rock is one of the most scenic hikes in Sedona, AZ with amazing views from the top. 

Cathedral Rock is one of the most popular landmarks in Arizona. This amazing rock formation is located in Sedona, Arizona.

The hike is steep and requires a bit of climbing in some spots. The 1.5 miles roundtrip is pretty strenuous, leading you up a moderately steep incline, but well worth the reward once you make it up. Follow the basket cairns up and enjoy the breathtaking views from the top. This is a great spot to enjoy the sunset!

To get to the trail, park in the Cathedral Rock Trailhead parking lot on Back O Beyond Rd. The parking requires a $10 day pass.

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Cathedral Rock Reviews

Small children cannot handle the hike, do not bring them!

Unfortunately we didn’t get to the top of Cathedral Rock as it was raining/hailing and was slippery. You do have to be comfortable with scrambling up sometimes loose and steep rock. Definitely will need to come back and see views from the very top!

Uphill hike is intimidating at first but it’s quite easy once you get the hang of it, the beautiful scenery up top definitely makes it worth it.

To avoid the crowds do this hike at dawn or dusk.

Short and strenuous, but worth every bit of effort. Perfect for sunrise and sunset, but it’s busy. Go early!

I did this a night hike and it was great way to avoid the crowds and enjoy the stars.

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