Hiking Cathedral Rock



1.5 miles

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Added by Justin Ritucci

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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about 1 year ago

Do it early or late

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

Short, Steep, Stunning!

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


almost 2 years ago

Dark sky views

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

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.

over 3 years ago

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.

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