Chapel of the Holy Cross Trail

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Munds Mountain Wilderness

Chapel of the Holy Cross Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 144 feet Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

no dogs

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.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 days ago

Quick and easy hike. Walked up the the chapel beforehand. Gorgeous views, just like ever other hike in Sedona ;)

hiking
7 days ago

Very scenic - not a hike. More of a walk up a paved driveway. You can also drive to the top.

7 days ago

Very scenic. It’s not a hike, just a walk up a ramp.

hiking
13 days ago

Trail back open

hiking
14 days ago

Great views of Sedona

hiking
14 days ago

Closed for Covid, May 14th,

hiking
17 days ago

This trail is closed

hiking
no shade
rocky
24 days ago

Amazing views, easy trails

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Very nice trail, We started at the chapel and did half of it. Fun trail, being good shoes

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Muddy after rain but beautiful views

Look for the orange fence about halfway up the drive to the chapel.

hiking
private property
rocky
2 months ago

The trial is beautiful. Loved the views, and the shade at the end is fabulous. Access to the trailhead does not open until 9am when the Chapel opens the gates. Definitely recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

Loose rocks. Great views! Easy.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail that covers many different types of terrains. Sandy to rocky to large rock plateaus (all with great views) to pine forest (no view but cool trees). It’s out and back so you can see views of the Chapel on the way back good photo ops. Not tiring. The guy driving the golf cart to take people up to the chapel—a very short walk from the trail head parking lot—told me that the core of the vortex was located under the circular “seal” right outside the chapel door. It was worth seeing but crowded. People trying to meditate while others were chatting away with their cell phones on speaker. First time I’ve seen crowds. Went and did another “easy” labeled hike right after and felt like I got an all-around great workout for the day traversing some diverse landscapes. 4.5 rating

hiking
4 months ago

Really beautiful views from the top next to chapel. Gift sop downstairs. Great place for a sunset.

walking
4 months ago

Easy trail. Did it with my boyfriend and his kids, 5yo and 10yo. It's an open and pretty wide trail. Very interesting to see the dried up creeks and walk across layers of natural stone instead of gravel.

“Chapel trail to chicken point via little horse trail” This provides the shortest access for a non-4x4 to get to chicken point. Great trail!

walking
5 months ago

Chapel of the Holy Cross Trail. We have several ways to explore connecting more deeply with yourself, nature- and others. It is not really a hike, it has the road to walking up and backing down, (little over a mile, a little steep). But they have shuttles since they don’t have enough parking. Very unique architecture Chapel. I can see the Cross from certain angles. Make donations at the Chaple are very nice thing I would love to do. Heal and transform your mind. I will come back to visit HIM again every time I’m hiking Sedona.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail to get the legs warmed up. Very light traffic.

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy trail! Make sure to bring hat / sunblock because there’s not much shady areas at all (I hiked it midday when the sun was OUT). Great views

hiking
6 months ago

Good trail. Short, but has some great views of Courthouse and Bell Rock.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail from Chapel of HC up to Chicken Point...Great Views!!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail. Beautiful views. There are some parts that were rocky so be careful with your ankles if not wearing hiking boots. We went early (8:00am) and only saw a couple of small groups coming back to the trailhead when we were going out. There were much more coming out when we were heading back

Great warm up trail for the rest of our hiking today!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail to walk on. The church is beautiful! Easy walk...

hiking
8 months ago

paved walk with golf carts available for so accessible to all. chapel provides good photo op but not much of a "hike"

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