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.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Headlamp
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RT Distance 1.5 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Autumn, Winter
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

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Sunrise Hike!

One of the most AMAZING hikes I have ever done, it’s short and steep but it’s not a difficult climb. I went up at 5:45 in the morning and went up to watch the sunrise. I highly recommend it, it was amazing. My dad and I were the only ones on the hike. It was quiet and serene. 10/10 recommend starting your day with this.

Fun hike, tough parking.

We tried to do this hike on a Saturday morning and was unable to find parking. Had to try again in the afternoon and barely got a spot. Be prepared if you go on a weekend or a free hiking day.

Short But Rewarding

I was only in Sedona for couple hours one day during the summer and I stumbled upon this trail. It starts out flat for a about .3 miles then goes straight up the incredible rock formation for the rest of the 1.5. It gets pretty steep at some parts so I recommend good hiking boots with grip. The views are worth the steep climb to the top of the trail. When you hit the end of the trail I recommend taking a left and walking along a path that hugs the cliff for a little ways, there is an awesome hangout spot there. Prepare to dodge inexperienced hikers since it is pretty popular.


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