Cathedral Rock

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Cathedral Rock

Sedona’s skyline is distinctive for this crimson-hued sandstone formation, which stands like a giant sacred monument overlooking the red-rock landscape.

Hike up rugged sandstone ledges to the lofty saddles of Cathedral Rock or admire the views of this landmark rock formation from all over Red Rock Country. A well-known sight on the Sedona skyline, Cathedral Rock is a breathtaking formation of redbed sandstone. Spend some time watching the rock’s mesmerizing red tones changing as the sun moves across the sky and take photographs of the landmark in different lights. Lace up your hiking boots and take the short but steep trail that winds upward into the gaps between the towering columns of rock.

The Cathedral Rock Trail begins at a flat and well-marked trailhead. After 0.25 miles (400 meters), you’ll reach a broad ledge that offers stunning views back across the sandstone canyon and riverside vegetation. The next part is a steep ascent over the bare rock and a cleft with notched steps to assist with the climb.

Make your way across a series of ledges and climb to the saddle that lies between Cathedral Rock’s two main spires. Catch your breath under the shade between the rocks and take in the panoramic views around Red Rock Country. You’ll see a stunning vista of the craggy sandstone canyon and the fascinating patterns in the rock’s formation. Follow the same trail for your descent to complete the 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) round hike.

The hike’s trailhead is situated by Back O’ Beyond Road. Extend your walk by joining up with the longer Templeton Trail. This hike skirts the base of the rock and features deciduous forest and Red Rock Crossing, a magnificent spot on a flat bed of red rock where you can photograph Cathedral Rock against the lush riverside vegetation. There are also good views from Baldwin Trail, another adjoining pathway.

There is little shade on the Cathedral Rock Trail, so be sure to protect yourself from the sun and bring plenty of water. Hike the trails between fall and spring to avoid the heat. Enjoy the views from afar at any time. You will need a Red Rock Country pass to park your car at the trailhead, which is 38 miles (61.2 kilometers) south of Flagstaff.

Top Hotels Close to Cathedral Rock

Sedona Summit Resort by Diamond Resorts
Sedona Summit Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
4055 Navoti Dr, Sedona, AZ
The price is $69 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Located in West Sedona, this eco-friendly condo building is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Verde Valley Medical Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Thunder Mountain Trailhead ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (3,352 reviews)
"The unit was very clean, in good condition. The property was beautiful and had lots of activity options even though I didn’t participate in any."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Sedona Summit Resort by Diamond Resorts
Cathedral Rock Secluded Getaway Home | 2 BR 2 BA + Jacuzzi | Perfect for a reset
Cathedral Rock Secluded Getaway Home | 2 BR 2 BA + Jacuzzi | Perfect for a reset
Sedona, AZ
Located in Back O' Beyond, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Cathedral Rock and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Chapel of the Holy Cross. Tlaquepaque Arts and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Great secluded place not far away from the action.
"Very enjoyable stay!"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Cathedral Rock Secluded Getaway Home | 2 BR 2 BA + Jacuzzi | Perfect for a reset
Poco Diablo Resort
Poco Diablo Resort
4 out of 5
1752 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $150 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Broken Arrow Trailhead, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, and Chapel of the Holy Cross. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (967 reviews)
"Beautiful spot"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2022

Poco Diablo Resort
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Best Lodging Options Near Cathedral Rock

Sedona Summit Resort by Diamond Resorts
Sedona Summit Resort by Diamond Resorts
3.5 out of 5
4055 Navoti Dr, Sedona, AZ
The price is $69 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
Sedona Summit Resort by Diamond Resorts
Cathedral Rock Secluded Getaway Home | 2 BR 2 BA + Jacuzzi | Perfect for a reset
Cathedral Rock Secluded Getaway Home | 2 BR 2 BA + Jacuzzi | Perfect for a reset
Sedona, AZ
Cathedral Rock Secluded Getaway Home | 2 BR 2 BA + Jacuzzi | Perfect for a reset
Poco Diablo Resort
Poco Diablo Resort
4 out of 5
1752 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ
The price is $150 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Poco Diablo Resort
Sedona Apartment w/ Private Patio & Red Rock Views
Sedona Apartment w/ Private Patio & Red Rock Views
Sedona, AZ
Sedona Apartment w/ Private Patio & Red Rock Views
2-Acre Sedona Casita w/ Deck & Red Rock Views!
2-Acre Sedona Casita w/ Deck & Red Rock Views!
Sedona, AZ
2-Acre Sedona Casita w/ Deck & Red Rock Views!
Luxury Sedona Villa - Pool, Gym, and Theater!!
Luxury Sedona Villa - Pool, Gym, and Theater!!
Sedona, AZ
Luxury Sedona Villa - Pool, Gym, and Theater!!
Arabella Hotel Sedona
Arabella Hotel Sedona
3.5 out of 5
725 Highway 179 Sedona, Sedona, AZ
The price is $179 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
Arabella Hotel Sedona
Private OAK CREEK Oasis In West Sedona On 2 Acres! 3000 sf house with creek!!
Private OAK CREEK Oasis In West Sedona On 2 Acres! 3000 sf house with creek!!
Sedona, AZ
Private OAK CREEK Oasis In West Sedona On 2 Acres! 3000 sf house with creek!!
Unbelievable Red Rock Views! Spacious Private Casita
Unbelievable Red Rock Views! Spacious Private Casita
Sedona, AZ
Unbelievable Red Rock Views! Spacious Private Casita
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