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Cathedral Rock, Sedona

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Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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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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  • Scared of heights so no way I would do this hike. I understand the views are amazing, but the view of cathedral rock in general is amazing. You do not need to do the hike to appreciate Cathedral... 
    Scared of heights so no way I would do this hike. I understand the views are amazing, but the view of cathedral rock in general is amazing. You do not need to do the hike to appreciate Cathedral...  more »
  • Very steep. A little scary for anyone who is scared of heights. Beautiful views. Sandstone is grippy with good hiking boots. 
    Very steep. A little scary for anyone who is scared of heights. Beautiful views. Sandstone is grippy with good hiking boots.  more »
  • There are no words that describe this hike perfectly. It was a beautiful morning and we were able to find a spot right away at 8:20. This was a weekday so very few people. This is a mentally... 
    There are no words that describe this hike perfectly. It was a beautiful morning and we were able to find a spot right away at 8:20. This was a weekday so very few people. This is a mentally...  more »
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  • This hike is SO worth it. As a novice hiker I struggled but seeing the sunset at the top made it worth it. It was tricky getting back down after sunset after it got dark, but since this is a popular hike there’s a lot of people around. The parking lot is very small though, I had to Uber from another parking lot (and there’s no service once you’re trying to leave).
  • One of our first and favorite hikes in Sedona. Easy access to trailhead then a hefty hike up! One section you are using all fours to navigate so not for the faint of heart. Amazing views once at top and well worth the climb!!
  • Good: Amazing landscape views Great fresh, crisp air Variety of hiking terrain Bad: Parking lots are horrible ($8? For parking without America The Beautiful park pass) 1 way in n out Crowded past 830 am Some Steep and technical terrain for novice hikers Pro tip: if you don't make it here first thing in the morning you'll be hard pressed to find parking in the main lot (20-30 spaces) and even overflow lot (20-30) spaces after 8 am. If you're getting there after 9am... Good be with you because you'll be waiting about 20-30+ min for a parking spot. ( Unless you're the kind of person who's willing to wait and have nothing else to do but wait). Other than the parking, waiting, and one section of the hike that is mainly smooth rock and about 60-70 degree vertical climb this place is awesome! Happy exploring!
  • Short but steep hike. Try to get there early because this one fills up quickly. Excellent views.
  • Hands down our favorite spot in Sedona. The hike was fairly easy and the views were spectacular. Highly recommend going before sunset.

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