Hiking Cathedral Rock

1.5 Miles Round Trip - Out-and-Back Trail

Cathedral Rock Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Justin Ritucci

One of the most scenic hikes in Sedona, AZ with amazing views from the top. 

Cathedral Rock is one of the most popular landmarks in Arizona. This amazing rock formation is located in Sedona, Arizona.

The hike is steep and requires a bit of climbing in some spots. The 1.5 miles roundtrip is pretty strenuous, leading you up a moderately steep incline, but well worth the reward once you make it up. Follow the basket cairns up and enjoy the breathtaking views from the top. This is a great spot to enjoy the sunset!

To get to the trail, park in the Cathedral Rock Trailhead parking lot on Back O Beyond Rd. The parking requires a $10 day pass.


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking


1.5 Miles
Out-and-Back Trail

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Overall rating: 

Nice short hike

This is definitely a popular hike but wasn't too overcrowded, at least in January.

Great place to watch the sunset

The Red Rocks day pass is only $5. There is a kiosk at the trailhead or you can purchase one at the ranger station in Oak Creek. This pass will allow you to park at any trailhead for the day in Coconino National Forest. The week pass is $15 and the Annual pass is $20 (2016 prices).

Sarah Levant

almost 3 years ago

Beautiful Sedona hike!

This is a fun intermediate hike... you get to scramble on your hands and knees and explore off the beaten path. You can easily hike to the top and back down in two hours or choose to spend a half day exploring this area. Once you reach the top and take in the backside view make sure to continue on to the left for another stunning (less crowded) view of Sedona.