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Cathedral Rock

Yavapai County, Sedona, AZ 86351
+1 928-282-6907
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Towering red rock formation, part of the Cathedral Rock Trail.
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  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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“great hike” (298 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Yavapai County, Sedona, AZ 86351
+1 928-282-6907
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Reviewed yesterday

We didn't hike it due to such high temps but it was a great sight to see. I can only hope to make a return visit to make the hike.

Thank Jimmy M
Reviewed yesterday

You can see this rock from highway 179 or from the West Sedona access the crossings and trail.It is very scenic and can give excellent sunrise or sunset views.

Thank Larry V
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Short hike to top gives you a great view over Sedona. Make sure to pay for parking. $5.00. They are always checking. You can always pass your parking fee ticket to next person when uou leave. Make someone's day. The trail is worth the effort....More

Thank Coffeehiker
Reviewed yesterday

This was a fun hike and climb over bare rocks, trying to follow the rock cairns - great view at the end

Thank Tim F
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wasn't really into hiking in the hot weather, but it was amazing and had spectacular views. I am not a seasoned hiker but thought it wasnt that bad of a hike.

Thank EL646
Reviewed 2 days ago

We hiked this steep mile up last week. The views from the top were awesome! It was well worth the effort but you need to be prepared for it.

Thank rjcisme
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Excellent opportunity for great views and pictures of a breathtaking landscape. It is hot, north of 100F (a very dry heat as is common in AZ), so take more water than you think you should. Also, begin as early as possible, so you can finish...More

Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 3 days ago

We stopped by the viewing turn-off and took pictures for quite a while. It is a beautiful piece of scenery!

Thank vajmugrl
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were here on a day that it was 110 degrees and have young kids so we didn't want to hike up it but I think it would be something fun to do if it were cooler. There were still plenty of people that were...More

Thank jshallow01
Reviewed 4 days ago

First of all,REMEMBER it's Summer.Temperature above 105 means (hard slick rock) YOU CAN LITERALLY MELT THE GLUE THAT HOLDs YOUR SOUL IN PLACE. No...not that one.The one on the bottom of your shoes. USE YOUR COMMON SENSE. Start early.Finish early.Be done by 10 a.m. Take...More

2  Thank hikemike S
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We are going in October. Does anyone know if the "early morning" suggestion due to heat still apply?
12 June 2017|
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Response from MegMtn | Reviewed this property |
I doubt the heat will be as much of an issue in October. But it would still be nice to get an early start to beat the crowds. Parking and be tough if you get there too late.
If the hike is such a 'climb', how is the way down accomplished? A different route? We are late 50's/early 60's and do difficult to mod. difficult hikes in our state parks - not sure how that equates with difficulty level at Cathedral Rock. I want to ensure a great experience.
12 June 2017|
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Response from PizzaLoverYum | Reviewed this property |
We didn't actually climb Castle Rock but hiked to it through a state park on the "backside". The hike was very doable for the two of us in our mid 60's and the trail was very enjoyable. Sorry if this is exactly an answer to... More
Thanks for posting. I'm assuming you parked at the Cathedral Rock trail head at Back O Beyond Rd.? Once you reach the base of Cathedral Rock, how long does it take to hike down to Oak Creek. My 10 year old and I don't plan to scramble up Cathedral Rock. We just want to see it, go to it's base and make our way to the creek. Then do you turn around and trace your steps back? Thanks for your help!!
4 April 2017|
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Response from Mary Lou Q |
No, didn't park there. Instead, went to the parking lot at Red Rock Crossing/Crescent Moon Day Use site. Off of 89. This gives you access to the opposite side of Cathedral Rock. You won't climb from this approach but you... More