Courthouse Butte in Sedona Arizona

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Courthouse Butte

Heavily rooted to the Earth, the epic Courthouse Butte is visible from almost anywhere in Sedona and one of the first identifiable red rock formations you see upon arrival.

  • Courthouse Butte is one of the first formations you see when entering Sedona 
  • This rather large formation is visible from almost anywhere in Sedona 
  • Trails near the Butte are great for photography, hiking, and biking. 
  • Right next to Bell Rock, a well known vortex site.

What can I do and see at Courthouse Butte?

Views of Courthouse Butte:
Courthouse is one of the first formations you see when you drive into Sedona via Hwy 179. There are numerous vistas, drives, and hikes that provide a picturesque view of the formation.

Trails Near Courthouse Butte: 

  • Courthouse Butte Loop: You can access this trail via Bell Rock Pathway. It is a mild hike around the base of Courthouse Butte. The trail is mostly uncovered, and can be quite warm in the summer, so bring plenty of water and sun protection. 
  • Big Park Trail: Connected to Courthouse Butte Loop, provides excellent views of Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock.


  • Hiking 
  • Biking (except for marked Wilderness areas) 
  • Dog Friendly 
  • Wildlife Watching

Where is Courthouse Butte?

Courthouse Butte Loop Trailhead: From uptown, drive south on Hwy 179 for about 6.5 miles, turn left at Bell Rock Vista. Take the Bell Rock Pathway trail about 1.5 miles to Courthouse Butte Loop.

Big Park Trailhead: Follow same directions as above to Bell Rock Pathway and take the trail east to Big Park Loop.

When is Courthouse Butte?

Trails are open year-round. Summer time can be rather hot with limited shade, so prepare accordingly.

How much does Courthouse Butte cost?

If you plan to park at the trailhead you will need to purchase a Red Rock Pass at either the Red Rock Ranger District, one of the vendors in town, or at one of the trailhead self serve machines.

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

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Red Rock Ranger District (928) 282-4119