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
Great hike up Cathedral Rock! Start early as there is no shade and a lot of other hikers on this trail. Moderate climb, plenty of places to stop and rest along the way. Breathtaking 360 degree view fr... more »
Hiked Cathedral Rock with my family (kids 5 and 9). I would not recommend trying to get to the top with small children but you can still go pretty high and appreciate spectacular views. There is also ... more »
Amazing! The climb to the top can be rough and does take some time but it’s well worth it. Hint: at the top where the “trail ends” you can go left and continue around the formation easily.
Wow, what a hike! First you have a lot of fun scrambling up. Wear good hiking shoes! And I recommend bringing hiking poles, they make the later descend much easier. The final spot has great views at the valleys and mountains. We missed the sunset by just a few minutes, but the upside was that there were zero people at the top. We had it all for ourselves. It’s just awesome. Our descend was a bit sketchy, because it was getting dark. But with hiking poles and some confidence we ended up just fine. Overall, amazing and interesting hike with unbelievable views. Enjoy after the mandatory Devils Bridge.
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