Cathedral Rock, Sedona Arizona

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Cathedral Rock

Standing alone atop its very own hill, Cathedral Rock is a breathtaking site upon arrival to Sedona. This epic cluster of red rocks resembles a Cathedral with two praying hands at the center as seen from the back.

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  • There are 3 main trails that provide access to and around Cathedral Rock
  • Climb to the Cathedral Saddle to enjoy spectacular views and perhaps a magical sunset.
  • Cathedral Rock is a prominent vortex site in Sedona.
  • Enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, or swimming in nearby Oak Creek.

What can I do/see at Cathedral Rock?

Views of Cathedral Rock:
The best views of Cathedral Rock can be seen anywhere along Hwy 179, and even more so along Verde Valley School Road.

Trails Near Cathedral Rock: 

  • Cathedral Rock Trail:
    Probably the most popular route to the saddle of Cathedral Rock, this trail is a moderate hike, crossing over a bare red rock shelf and climbing a
    steep section near the top. The saddle rests in between two towering clusters of red rocks and is a perfect spot to catch a beautiful Sedona sunset. 
  • Baldwin Trail:
    Baldwin trail is a mild hike with easy access to nearby Oak Creek and wonderful views of Cathedral Rock. It connects to Templeton Trail, which will take you to the base of Cathedral Rock and if you choose on to the popular Cathedral saddle. 
  • Templeton Trail:
    The trail passes along the base of Cathedral Rock and provides another chance to hike up to the Cathedral saddle for excellent views of Sedona.


  • Hiking 
  • Biking (Templeton & Baldwin Trails only) 
  • Horseback Riding (Templeton and Baldwin Trails only) 
  • Dog-Friendly 
  • Wildlife Watching 
  • Vortex

Where is Cathedral Rock?

Cathedral Rock Trailhead: From the Hwy 179/Hwy 89a intersection take Hwy 179 south just over 3 miles and turn right on Back O’ Beyond Road, drive about .6 miles and trailhead will be on the left.

  • Baldwin Trailhead: From Village of Oak Creek, head west on Verde Valley School Road for about 4.8 miles the trailhead parking will be on the left.
  • Templeton Trailhead: Parking available at Little Horse trailhead off Hwy 179. From hear you can take Bell Rock Pathway to H.T. trail to Templeton Trail. Or connect to Templeton Trail via Cathedral Rock Trail or Baldwin Trail.

When is Cathedral Rock open?

Trails are open year-round

How much does Cathedral Rock cost?

You must purchase a Red Rock Pass if you plan to park a vehicle at the trailhead.
Passes can be purchased at the Red Rock Ranger District on the way into town of at one of the vendors or self-serve machines in town.

  • Day pass- $5
  • Week pass- $15
  • Year pass- $20

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Contact the Red Rock Ranger District at (928) 282-4119