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Cathedral Rock

Sedona, Arizona

based on 20 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

This is definitely a popular hike but wasn't too overcrowded, at least in January.

The Red Rocks day pass is only $5. There is a kiosk at the trailhead or you can purchase one at the ranger station in Oak Creek. This pass will allow you to park at any trailhead for the day in Coconino National Forest. The week pass is $15 and the Annual pass is $20 (2016 prices).

This is a fun intermediate hike... you get to scramble on your hands and knees and explore off the beaten path. You can easily hike to the top and back down in two hours or choose to spend a half day exploring this area. Once you reach the top and take in the backside view make sure to continue on to the left for another stunning (less crowded) view of Sedona.

One of my favorite places to watch the sunset in Sedona! Definitely a must do.

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