Cathedral Rock
Cathedral Rock
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Towering red rock formation, part of the Cathedral Rock Trail.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Eric V
    11 contributions
    Spiritual Wonder
    A must visit if you come to Sedona, especially if you are Catholic. What a great view. Warning-parking is tight, but there is handicap parking at the top of the hill. It is a bit of hike up the hill from most parking, but worth it.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Maren R
    138 contributions
    Busy place! Great views
    We had to almost fight people for a parking spot here it's crazy. The entire way up is a hard climb but spectacular. The valley is so pretty every direction. We came here a little later in the day and it was crazy busy. Lots of waiting because of narrow paths and many different skill levels trying to get up and down. As with many other challenging hikes you should know your limits and don't push it.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 25, 2023
  • Lydia O
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania8 contributions
    Is it a vortex? Who knows. But it's awe-inspiring
    We walked out from Bell Rock parking lot down the creek to connect with Templeton and then on to Cathedral and beyond. We're experienced hikers and, unfortunately, when we were there (March 31, 2023) Cathedral was crawling with tons of people, many of whom seemed to be putting themselves and others at risk. We took a pass on summiting, and admired the beauty from the base, as well as all along Templeton and back on Easy Breezy. Check out AllTrails for more technical info. This isn't for inexperienced hikers or folks not in good shape.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 2, 2023
  • BNCorder
    Columbia, Tennessee99 contributions
    Beautiful Sedona Views!
    This was our favorite hike! The view from the top was the best view we saw in/of Sedona. It is a scramble and is not for everyone. The trail is not overly hard, but if you feel unsteady on your feet, this will not be for you. We passed several people who backed out and that is okay! It has several sections where you can start the climb and then just stop and enjoy the view if you do not wish to go further. One section is a small climb up a tighter crevice, but doable for an average hiker. We did see a rattlesnake on this trail. We hiked on a day the shuttle was running. It was very easy and quick to catch the shuttle with barley any wait.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 28, 2023
  • Gajinder
    Gurgaon District, India2 contributions
    Trek to Cathedral Rock Sedona
    Trek to the Cathedral Rock must form part of your itinerary while visiting Sedona. The start point of the trail is about 20 minutes drive from downtown with a parking area which may get crowded on the weekends. The trail is about a mile and a quarter long along a rocky track with little or no vegetation. The track is not maintained well and is very steep at places requiring a certain degree of physical fitness and stamina. Do ensure to wear proper comfortable clothing and training/hiking shoes as there is possibility of slipping on the rocks. Also carry water and some eatables as you are definitely going to feel thirsty and hungry. The entire trail offers beautiful scenic spots with wonderful views but the icing on the cake is the top of the trail which is a saddle-like feature offering the most amazing valley views on the sides. One of the best highlights of my trip to Arizona.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 7, 2023
  • kbkhkh
    45 contributions
    Wow! Wow! Wow!
    Wow! Wow! When you arrive, unless you are an avid hiker, the hike will seem daunting. Please take one step and a time. You can do it. We stopped, took photos, and eventually made it. The shuttle driver said that it is a half hour each way - we’ll it took us an hour each way. But that’s ok! Do it! It’s a must see.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • TahoegpSA
    San Antonio, Texas413 contributions
    Cathedral Rock Vistas
    Originally planned to hike only to the first level; then, we were captured by the beauty all around and continued on. Beautiful area with good trail signage. Remember to get the parking pass from the kiosk at the parking lot and come early; as the lot fills fast.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Mrs.Coop
    Yuma, Arizona187 contributions
    Just do it
    My husband tried to talk me out of this hike because the photos make it look steeper than it is and I take blood thinners so he was nervous for me but when we got there we ended up going all the way to the top. We arrived on a Wednesday at 6:30. Plenty of parking! And only a few others there. This was awesome because we were able to take our time without feeling rushed by other people. Especially when we got to the harder parts. It took us a lot longer than it says to do the hike because we took our time taking in the beauty of it all. If your on the fence try it. When I got to the top I felt so accomplished and we even hiked up further that the end of trail. If you go left at the end of trail sign. You can get up even further. It was a nice break we ate out snacks up there and then ventured down.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • goldengator42849
    Fernandina Beach, Florida25 contributions
    Climb to Cathedral Rock
    My son took us here, and it looked quite daunting to see the figures going up the side of the mountain. We took it slow, and being afraid of heights I was very careful to stay focused. I’m 74 but with his coaxing I made it to the top between the towering wall on one side and the rocks on the left. We were just after official sunset, however the afterglow in the clouds was beautiful. A storm was coming (it’s July “monsoon “ season) so we left with the rest of the sunsetters. It was actually easier for me going down although I stayed focused on the trail and path in front, frequently sliding down on my butt. I made it, and did get a sense of accomplishment as well as beautiful views.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • TS
    15 contributions
    Spectacular
    Loved it! Definitely a bit of a cross between rock climbing and hiking... I'm amazed at how young some of the kids we saw on the path were (especially at the end of the trail). The trail is well marked and the sights are stunning. Well worth the trip and effort involved! I almost gave up when reaching the crevice that you have to go straight up but after seeing one gentleman with a cane, 2 with sandals, and speaking with a gal that assured me it looked worse than it was - I gave it a shot (she was right!). Closer to the top you get to stairs which I was very thankful for! While going up took effort and mental fortitude, going down took a lot of focus and, for me, a bit of a crab walk/slow scootch down. Others were vastly quicker up and down - it's just not something I'm very used to doing. Overall took us about an hour maybe 1.5 up and down shockingly.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
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Jai S
46 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Our family had a fun hike at Cathedral Rock. Some spots on our hike were really steep, and some were moderate. It took us 50 minutes to go up and 35 minutes to come back. We were also walking pretty slow though. The way down was much easier than the way up. At the top we saw an awesome view of the mountains. There was one section of the trail that was narrow, like a crevice, but tucked between rocks so you couldn’t fall. We started the hike at 5:15and ended at 6:40. Even though the sunset was at 6:15 we still had enough daylight to finish our hike. We had an amazing experience at Cathedral Rock hike.
Written February 18, 2024
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KBHobby
New Jersey26 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Cathedral Rock trail is a fun and somewhat challenging climb up a red rock formation in Sedona. The view from the top is amazing and worth the trip. It is not a very long trial, so you can climb up and back in less than 2 hours. A lot of the trail is a very doable rock scramble, but there is one section that is a bit hairy. You essentially have to go up through a crack/crevasse and really need to watch your footing. It is easy to be a little scared, but you can get through it. Just wear shoes with good grip. We also suggest going early in the morning to avoid crowds. If you go in the summer, this is going to be a super hot place, there is no shade and you are on rock the entire time. Bring water. And by the way, coming down is a lot easier than going up.
Written January 26, 2024
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Flordeloto1989
Washington DC, DC7 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We stayed in a hotel in Cottonwood and drove to Sedona on December 26 and 27. Was impossible to find parking near the trails. If you plan ahead rather get a hotel in Sedona within walking distance from a stop to catch a shuttle to the trails. Otherwise you may not get to see the most common attractions.
Written December 28, 2023
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KevfromKY
Lexington, KY27 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This trail is HARD and a little scary! Your experience will fall into one of these buckets:

- Inexperienced hiker/climber with fear of falling or slipping on rocks: you will most likely stop 1/3 of the way up. But that’s ok, about 50% of the people ended up stopping.

- Inexperienced hiker/climber that can handle fear: you will get scared during the difficult middle section and question yourself, but you will continue and reach the top. You will again be challenged, but you will make it done. You will be proud of yourself!

- Experienced hiker/climber: you will enjoy it and so just fine.
Written November 27, 2023
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Maddie M
Chicago, IL14 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
My family and I (50s and 20s) hiked this on our trip to Sedona and it was totally worth it! The hike itself is a bit challenging. We are not very experienced as we are from Chicago, but those who are locals here admit is it a more challenging hike. It is only about 2 ish miles and does not take long however you are pulling yourself up on rocks and having to scoot down. There were some that brought new borns, kids, and dogs which I would not recommend. There is a vortex further past the top which we did not go to however would recommend going or going to some others that are less challenging like Airport Mesa Vortex!

One thing is the parking is very limited and cars are just waiting in a line for people to leave. We however parked at Little Horse Trail and it was less than a mile away. We walked down a little trail to the roundabout and walked down the road that lead us to the parking lot where cars were still waiting. We hiked Cathedral and then went to the Eazy Breezy Trail which took us on a few other short trails right back to our car at Little Horse! This entire hike from the parking lot to top of Cathedral and back to our car took about 3ish hours. I would definitely purchase the red rock pass that is $15 dollars for 7 days and allows parking at any of the sights.
Written November 13, 2023
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LightPacker777200
33 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Just spectacular views, it must be seen, pictures dont do it justice. So you can drive by and take pics, drive to the location get out and take pics, or hike the trail and get up close and personal. If your hiking, be prepared! this is not a casual hike, and has many very steep areas. I would avoid hiking later in the day, you will want every bit of light for this challenging hike.
That said... Dont miss this location. It's worth the time, even to just walk around and take in the views
Written October 10, 2023
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Kerry M
7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
This is rated as a challenging hike. It is not a hike! It is a rock scramble and it is hard! The views are amazing but go early because it gets hot!
Written October 7, 2023
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DocMary1
Indianapolis, IN198 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Sedona is best enjoyed in a quiet meditative state. Watching the sunrise or sunset, hiking the trails near cathedral rock or just soaking in the sun/nature/quiet. You don’t need to climb. Just get near and let the majesty and good energy wash over you.
Written October 1, 2023
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a h
Australia1,599 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
No wonder it is the number one tourist destination in Sedona, an amazing track, and great photos at sunset and sun rising.
Written September 24, 2023
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Trish
Delaware, OH5 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We started at the Baldwin trailhead and did Cathedral Rock from there. It’s was a major challenge in the 95 degree heat and totally worth it! A stop at the creek for a swim on the way back made it a perfect day.
Written September 19, 2023
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