Chapel of the Holy Cross Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, AZ that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
The unique architecture and location of the Chapel, inspirations from the Empire State Building when observed that a cross could be seen when viewed from a certain angle. Designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright student, Marguerite Brunswig Staude, the chapel was built in 1956 and rises 200 feet from the ground between two large red rock formations. One of the most distinctive features is a 90-foot cross, which can be seen from the ground along State Route 179. A massive stained glass window turns the chapel's interior into a kaleidoscope of color at certain times of the day. No services are held here, but it provides an ideal setting for spiritual reflection and prayer as well as incredible views of the Red Rocks. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
The accessibility factor is a plus for a guaranteed family friendly hike for all but it's heavily trafficked and the church is so tiny, it's hard not to feel cramped during the whole trip. Of course Sedona is beautiful enough to make any hike worth whir and it's nice to say you've been to the actual church on the mountainside
This was our third choice to do, we were about to start the trail to Cathedral Rock Trail but ended up at the wrong starting point which was a 4.5 mile hike and after doing Devils Bridge Trail earlier this morning we thought it would be best to do it another day so we opt to do Chapel of the Holy Cross Trail 1.4 mile. The area and Church are incredible with some very beautiful views, nice & easy.
Not reAlly a hike but parking is limited so you can work a bit to get up to the church. Beautiful views.
Beautiful church and view, but very crowded. Whenever we have visitors they always want to see this so it is getting boring for us now, but worth doing at least one time to say you saw it.
Not a hike but amazing views.
Didn't actually hike to it, just drove to parking lot. Very pretty though, very worth seeing.
This is a great site to see the Chapel in the actual mountain.
Beautiful! This is really a sidewalk, unless you park near the bottom of the hill, then you'll have about a 100' vertical accent to the sidewalk. Great views!
In response to Daniel. there is a chapel trail, just dwon the hill form the chapel. It is a regular trail tht my family walked. It is gravel and atleast a mile long if not longer.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is an interesting building, and you should stop by and see it if you're in Sedona. But to call the sidewalk from the parking lot to the church a "trail" is pretty ridiculous. It's a sidewalk. It's less than a tenth of a mile. Come on.