Soak in the dramatic scenery of red desert hills and endless blue sky while hiking at Cathedral Rock. One of the state’s most iconic landmarks, the sandstone rock formation takes the shape of a cathedral perched majestically above the rest of the landscape. Wind through the rock’s three saddles, or gaps, on the short but steep 2.4 km (1.5 mi) hike. Be sure to carry extra water and wear sturdy hiking shoes with you as the trail is rigorous in certain places. Use our Sedona trip planner to visit Cathedral Rock on your trip to Sedona, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Cathedral Rock reviews
We arrived at 6:30am so, plenty of parking. As we reached the first plateau of the rock, the sunrise crested the hill from across the valley, striking Cathedral Rock and casting a golden hue on it's..... more »
Please note: this is a pretty strenuous hike and is quite steep, with lots of clambering up fairly sheer surfaces with hands and feet. But the experience is exhilarating and the views are unmatched..... more »
Definitely one of my favorite hikes in Sedona. Relatively, easy hike.
More of an up and up than a walk. Definitely kicked my not in hiking shape behind. Great ledges to look over and take pictures from.
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