Chapel of the Holy Cross
Chapel of the Holy Cross
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This chapel, located among dramatic rock formations, offers spectacular views, especially at sunset.
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  • MommaMaria
    Valatie, New York58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the drive
    Beautiful sight, was able to reflect and enjoy my surroundings. Even though there’s a lot of people mulling around inside it’s very serene and respectful. Golf cart service is provided for the lower parking lots.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 9, 2023
  • MeganMich13
    Dickinson, Texas45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The beauty of the Holy Cross both inside and out!
    I am not a very religious person, but this place was breathtaking! The walk to the chapel is a little steep but not terrible. We arrived around 8 AM and were able to park up close but it became extremely packed by 10 AM. If you do have to park really far it looked like they had golf carts picking people up and dropping them off which is really nice. The only downside of this experience was the lack of respect from a lot of tourists taking pictures and videos within the Chapel walls. It clearly states before you walk in "No Photography", so please don't be that person!! I would highly recommend anyone visit but make sure to check the times before you go and if you want to avoid the crowd, go early!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • danamc01
    Branchville, South Carolina688 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chapel
    This was my second time visiting this chapel. It is always a pleasure. The chapel is very nice and has a huge cross with Jesus on it. It also has good views of the area. Candles are lit and you can stay and pray if you like. The parking can et crowded. It is a free place to visit but I think you can leave donations.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 2, 2023
  • sadiedust
    Toms River, New Jersey109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    This was my second visit and I highly recommend a visit. The place is mesmerizing with a peaceful energy. I could have stayed for hours; in fact, I did. I believe a usual visit without a gift shop visit would take under an hour. I just sat inside in the serenity. The eyes of the Jesus on the cross followed you. I then ventured outside and drummed. The views were lovely.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 5, 2023
  • egdrampro
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chapel of the Holy Cross: Sedona, Arizona
    A free event & beautiful to witness a destination that honors the creator. Parking is limited and you may need a golf cart to bring you up the mountain when parking in the lower areas. This is a small chapel holding maybe 50 people at a time on benches and a cross with Jesus hanging on the inside. The outside shows an amazing cross in the rock.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 11, 2023
  • blumen
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Holy ground
    This chapel was my favorite place in Sedona! As this is a Catholic chapel, the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle on the altar. Because of this, Jesus is truly physically present, and his Presence is overwhelming, flowing with peace and love. His gaze from the cross is mesmerizing and personal. I wish I could have stayed for hours. Forget the vortexes. This is the real deal!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • RV Manifest Destiny
    106 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning church in the mountain
    This is worth the visit, but its a small road with limited parking. Amazing beauty. You can see this from the road as you drive in and then it narrows down considerable. This stop is NOT RV friendly. It gets crowded and can be tough to turn around or even back out of a spot, so be patient, its worth it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 3, 2023
  • LightPacker777200
    42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing chapel with incredible 360 degree views
    Amazing location with truly inspiring views. First tip, get there early!! they open at 9am, be there no later than 9:30am. Parking is a nightmare. It is spread out in multiple areas working its way up the hill to the chapel. Once there the viewa are awe inspiring in every direction. This is a must see in Sedona, but I cant stress enough GET THERE EARLY!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
  • Barry M
    Memphis, Tennessee407 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique setting for a special chapel
    The chapel is built on Coconino National Forest land and is situated between two natural stone spires, this small chapel is architecturally and spiritually inspiring (no pun intended). Limited parking, but the chapel personnel provide golf cart rides from the parking areas up to the chapel entrance. The chapel was completed in 1956. The large crucifix, added in 2018, in the interior of the chapel is the focal point once you enter the church. The gift shop is very impressive. This is a functioning Catholic Church with several weekly masses, check their website for service times.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Carol R
    Abrams, Wisconsin96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Site that will take about an hour of your day - worth it
    The chapel is so beautiful and serene. The views are also spectular. The walk up can be challenging for some but they do have folks driving around with golf carts to get you up and down the cliff. We were walking when they approached us and asked if we wanted a ride up. We asked how much further and she said we were about 1/2 way up so we took the ride. (of course this comes with providing a tip). It's not a stop that will take a lot of time out of your day but I would definitely recommend stopping for the hour it takes to see the chapel. Parking is a bit of a challenge. We heard that that parking fills up quickly (and we went as it was opening up at 9AM) but we saw cars parking way below the hill so we grabbed a spot but it was a long walk.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 15, 2023
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mjch18
Glendale, AZ141 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
I first visited this chapel about 30 years ago and I loved it! It had such a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere. There was an alter with flowers and tall candles at each side. It had a non denominational feel that invited you to relax and pray to the God of your own understanding. There were dozens of votive candles with a little collection box at one side.
I was so taken by this little house of worship that I later purchased an eternal candle for my deceased father. The cost was $175.00 a year and included a name plate with a loving message. Over the years I moved away from Arizona but kept the candle burning. The cost later became $200 then $250 then $300.
I visited Sedona for the first time in several years just yesterday, Jan 13, 2021. I was so excited as I walked up the ramp. Once inside however I could not have been more disappointed. Peering down from above the alter is now a 20 foot Jesus nailed to a truly ornate cross. The many votive candles are now $5.00 weekly candles. For those who don’t have change the Chapel has kindly installed an electronic credit card machine 5ft inside the front door.
I wish them well but the new Chapel is not for me.
Written January 14, 2021
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superflipilotguy
Frisco, TX18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We stop by here every visit to Sedona. This latest time was on a Wednesday afternoon and we actually got parking up top! On weekends, it tends to get busy you often have to park at the very bottom and walk along the road up to the top. Our last visit was in 2014 and they've gotten a new addition to the interior - a statue of Jesus on the cross on the window inside. The gift shop downstairs was limiting visitors due to COVID-19 and masks are required.

Please be respectful. This is still a church. Please take your hats off inside and be quiet.
Written August 31, 2020
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pparrothead
Wilmington, NC4,218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
While visiting Sedona one of your "must sees" should be the Chapel of the Holy Cross....Even if you are not very religious it is still amazing to see how this "Chapel" was built into the hillside.

It is a small chapel but the stunning architecture more than makes up for it size.. And the surrounding views of the "Red Rocks" are outstanding. Inside there are benches "pews" like any other church that you may have been to. The "Chapel" took approximately 18 months to build...An amazing feat in itself. Parking is at a premium here so you may have to either do some uphill walking or catch the golf cart shuttle that is available.

When we visited it was pretty crowded so we had to wait to go downstairs to stop in the store. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a must visit for anyone vacationing in the Sedona area.
Written May 30, 2021
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msnyder79
Burlington, IA99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
Such a really cool place. Amazing how the chapel is nestled into the rock. The views from the chapel grounds are also beautiful. If you are catholic you'll appreciate being able to light candles and pray. There's a gift shop down below with lots of Catholic merchandise. Because of Covid there is a limited number of people who can enter at a time. It's worth a stop even if you aren't Catholic.
Written November 21, 2020
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Darlene S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
If only one could tell the rude tourists whose loud conversations ruined the serenity of the chapel to go outside, our experience would have been much better. Many people were trying to have a moment of solitude and people were conversing like they were in a restaurant. The chapel is unique in its architecture and the crucifix that was commissioned for the chapel is truly one of a kind. I would recommend going early in the morning before the tours get there to experience it as a place of worship should be.
Written June 21, 2021
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jlcnguyen
Las Vegas, NV32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This place is so beautiful, not only with the incredible view, but also with the inside of the small chapel. When we first walked in, we already felt blessed with the hug cross by the big front windows in front of our eyes. While praying, we also heard the chanting coming from inside of the walls that makes you feel holy and peaceful. According to the information online, this is one of a few places in Sedona with a strong Vortex (energy center). Although the parking lot is mall, but it would be best if you visit during the weekdays at the earlier hours to avoid the crowd so you can have some quiet time to yourself to reflect & pray. It's a must see location when you visit Sedona, AZ!
Written July 8, 2021
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go_mommy
Longmont, CO323 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Parking is tough but there are folks to help direct, be patient and you’ll eventually park. A pretty good walk up a fairly steep incline. Seems many folks were spiritually overwhelmed and were having quite deep feelings inside the church. Surrounded by the beautiful rocks so very picturesque. Inside there is a huge art piece, I think bronze, of Jesus on the cross. Many tours stop here, I’m glad I went.
Written March 9, 2020
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Braceless45
Santa Barbara, CA93 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
I’m going to piggy-back on another commenter who mentioned that this place feels sad. This chapel did not feel like a holy place to me— and I’ve been a church-going Christian for my whole life. The space inside is small and I’m surprised there wasn’t any sort of attendant/staff there to perform any sort of crowd management during the COVID pandemic.

The views from the outside are beautiful and that can be appreciated whether or not you are religious. It’s a free visit and worth a quick trip. We visited at the end of the day and 30 minutes was all we needed.
Written October 6, 2020
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Lori K
Fall Creek, WI29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
It really was great, but I went with teens who were only mildly interested.
We arrived on e-bikes so it was easy to park them. I can see where the parking lot may get crowded and difficult to maneuver. It was early February, so not peak tourist time.
We got off the bikes, walked through the chapel which is a small area. You can pay for and light candles, saying a prayer if you want. You will see other candles already lit. There was an artist making some metal sculptures I think. Our tour inside the chapel took all of 5 minutes. We walked through the gift shop; another 5 minutes. They sold native trinkets, cards, books, jewelry and religious stuff of the same kind. The final 5 minutes we spent admiring the view right outside of the doors. We didn't spend long here. I didn't sense any sort of 'amazing' energies either like some I know have. It was neat. We could have chosen a different activity just as well.
From where you park, there is a little walk (incline) to get to their ramp for an entrance, then the ramp winds uphill toward the chapel doors. They may have an elevator, but I am not sure of that. You might want to call if you need a wheelchair.
Written February 12, 2021
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Carolyn H
West Chester, PA5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
We visited on Sunday during Covid. It was crowded and not too many people were wearing masks. Park wherever you see a spot, if you look like you need a ride, a person will come by in a little golf cart and pick you up. People were not very respectful that this is a church...taking pictures inside, and talking out loud inside, which is not allowed. Try to come when it’s less crowded if you want to experience a more tranquil setting. There is a nice little hike off the second to highest parking lot that is peaceful
Written March 9, 2021
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