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Cathedral Rock, Sedona

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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.
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  • Cathedral trail seemed intense. 700 feet up side of mountain. Took Templeton trail to right down to water (Oak Creek?). Nice walk. Took about 2 hours round trip. Nice hike. Take water! For those more ...  more »
  • Limited parking in the first lot for the shorter hike. Second overflow lot starts trail from other point & is much longer hike. We climbed to the point were the narrow steep crevice is and the view fr...  more »
  • breath taking and educational had a chance to rent a off road vehicle and had a blast. The weather was great and the site are something right out of National Geographic. I would do the Helocopter tour...  more »
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  • First of all, navigation took us to what we thought was nowhere, but apparently was close to the longer, somewhat easier trail. We were able to ask a local and he directed us to the main, shorter trailhead. The parking is limited and it is best to wait for a spot. According to the police, ticketing those illegally parked, they want to keep it that way. It is a very steep trail, up the rock (parts of which are very difficult!), with lots of resting places.The views are breathtaking and, if you can make it to the top, DO IT! The view to the other side is spectacular!! I am terrified of heights, out of shape and am SO glad I kept going!
  • One of my favorite spots on earth. Hiking here is soul healing. It took us about six hours. Although it was raining a little bit but we enjoyed it to the max. We came here and March 2017. It was phenomenal. It's really impressive to see the red rock country and enjoy the fresh air. I love Arizona. I love Sedona.
  • Sun Road. The light of the sun will show you how beautiful the terrain is and you will get lost any words. Just feel powerful energy from sunlight early morning.
  • A little too many tourists, but beautiful all the same.
  • The trip up is a work out, but the views are spectacular.

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