• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Autumn, Winter

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    1.5 Miles

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Scenic

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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  • Water
  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Headlamp
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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.

4 months ago
4 months ago

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.

9 months ago
9 months ago

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

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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).

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

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

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

I have done many hikes in Sedona and this one was my favourite. I found the climb quite fun and when you got to the top the views were breathtaking and when you took a little unmarked trail to the left the views only got better. Would recommend as it was simply stunning and the photo opportunities were endless.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Love this short hike make sure you have water, hiking shoes and camera ready for the breath taking views! It's dog friendly, there's a port-a-pod they keep clean so up to you if you wanna use it 😉

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Love these hikes -- short but rewarding. You'll be sure to get your heart going and if I lived in the area I would do this hike every day instead of going to the gym! Once you get to the "end of trail" sign explore a little beyond and scramble up the rocks for a breathtaking "secret" view!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Great, short hike with a scenic pay off! After the classic photo-opp where you will surely see people lined up, continue to the south a bit farther (the trail that continues to the left when you reach the sign that says "End of Trail"). Hiking up a short hill on a developed trail will reveal an enormous rock spire with views out to Courthouse Butte!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Cathedral Rock and I have become friends over the years. It's my go-to when I'm not making my way through the West Fork. The fact Oak Creek is nearby makes it a great summer/early fall hike.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in Sedona and it is absolutely worth the effort. I will say though, it is a bit crowded for my taste and it can be hard to find parking. Make sure to arrive early to beat the crowds.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

If you're in Arizona, Sedona is a must see. Cathedral rock is a steep climb but the view from the top is unbelievable. If you're not used to high altitude, then you might get out of breath easily. Overall, this is a great hike, after your hike go into Sedona for great shopping and restaurants.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Absolutely amazing views along with a very peaceful stop at the vortex. The hike is a bit of a challenge but it's worth it.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

This is a steep incline right from the start on some slippery surfaces. Make sure you are prepared for a challenge. The climb is well worth the views!

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Great post. If you try Baldwin Trail you get a great view of Cathedral Rock from the "backside" and is a nice easy stroll through red rock country!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Sunset is the best time!

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

This looks fantastic - Thanks for the great pictures!

about 3 years ago
about 3 years ago

Justin Ritucci

I like to explore.

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