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Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock in Arizona at sunset.

Climb Cathedral Rock Trail For Unforgettable Views

Conquer this challenging hike and be rewarded with one of the most beautiful views in Arizona. Cathedral Rock is the most recognizable (and photographed) landmark in Sedona, signified by a dramatic red rock butte. The trail to the summit of the "saddle" is short but steep, climbing 600 feet in elevation. Not for the faint at heart, Cathedral Rock trail rises quickly uphill with incredible views along the way. Hikers who reach the top after the final scramble encounter jaw-dropping desert vistas. For nearby lodging find the perfect setting in one of our spacious, adobe-style hotel rooms.

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How Can I Get To Cathedral Rock Sedona?
Cathedral Rock trail is located in Coconino National Forest, which is adjacent to our hotel in Sedona. The trailhead is situated on Back O' Beyond Road, which splits off of AZ 179, 3.4 miles south of US 89A. You’ll find a small parking lot (which often fills up during the day). Look for the hiker register to locate the beginning of the trail, and follow the cairns to find your way.

How Long Is The Cathedral Rock Trail?
Cathedral Rock trail is 1.4 miles round-trip. It is a short but steep ascent to the “saddle” of Cathedral Rock, so make sure that you’re prepared for the intensity of the trail. Bring plenty of water and wear sunblock for the desert sun. The summit of Cathedral Rock is 4,967 feet – and the views from the top of the saddle are absolutely spectacular.

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500 Back O Beyond Road 86336 Sedona United States