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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Kelly Park

almost 3 years ago

If you must choose one hike in Sedona this is it!

Love these hikes -- short but rewarding. You'll be sure to get your heart going and if I lived in the area I would do this hike every day instead of going to the gym! Once you get to the "end of trail" sign explore a little beyond and scramble up the rocks for a breathtaking "secret" view!

Epic views and awesome photo-opps!

Great, short hike with a scenic pay off! After the classic photo-opp where you will surely see people lined up, continue to the south a bit farther (the trail that continues to the left when you reach the sign that says "End of Trail"). Hiking up a short hill on a developed trail will reveal an enormous rock spire with views out to Courthouse Butte!

One of my regulars

Cathedral Rock and I have become friends over the years. It's my go-to when I'm not making my way through the West Fork. The fact Oak Creek is nearby makes it a great summer/early fall hike.