Chapel of the Holy Cross Trail

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Chapel of the Holy Cross Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona 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.

1.3 miles
144 feet
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly





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.

1 month ago

Worth stopping for. Limited parking availability.

2 months ago

I really want visitors to know when facing the chapel entry doors to the left are courthouse & bell & elephant. To the right are the beautiful Cathedrals (the back of them) The huge home built has taken from our views of this most photographed place in Sedona & in Northern AZ.
We love this treasure & it is worth reading the story behind it.

2 months ago

Visiting the chapel is a nice experience. Totally overrun by people but everyone is in a great mood. You could do the little out and back on the Chapel Trail which is a very easy and safe trail. Why not?! Take a little water and go on a stroll with your friends. The Chapel Trail is a nice side trip if you are hiking up Little Horse on your way to Chicken Point. Might as well check out the Chapel on your way!

3 months ago

Beautiful monument! Didn’t spend to much time, there were lots of visitors. Gift shop is weak, nothing worth buying. Other than that great place to stop.

4 months ago

Out and back trail. The scenery is special and felt like I was right up near the mountains. Very limited wildlife...maybe that's good in a desert! Trail is in very good condition and only slippery in a few spots. That's important to this 54 yr old overweight guy who is looking for a safe experience. At times, I felt I was in someone's back yard. Busy parking lot but we were the only ones on the trail.

5 months ago

Very crowded. There is a souvenir store inside.

5 months ago

Heavily congested not enough parking. Views were beautiful once we were able to circle around and find parking..interesting..just a quick pit stop before hitting butte canyon trail.

9 months ago

Great hike. It is breathtaking!
We did the following loop: started at the Mystic trail head, Pig trail, Hog Heaven, High on the Hog, Broken Arrow and finally the Chapel Trail. Took the time to visit the chapel which is a must see.

11 months ago

very cool!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Like others below, this really isn't a hike. The views are fantastic, though.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wasn't really a hike but gorgeous views

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sedona is more than a village of cute shops and adventure outfitters driving pink jeeps. There are also lots of hikers and bike riders. We drove to the Chapel of the Holy Cross on Chapel Road, which is built right into the red rock and is free, but requires a pass given to you at the entrance; we saw Eagle Head Rock (from the front door of the chapel, look three-quarters of the way up the mountain to see the eagle's head), the Twin Nuns (2 pinnacles standing side by side), and Mother and Child Rock (to the left of the Twin Nuns). The church is a pretty Catholic church, complete with a bookstore and great views of the valley. From the outside rotunda overlooking the Sedona Valley, we could also see a huge house being built just across the street with an observatory wing. Nice short stop.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Great hike for families.. views are spectacular. Options abound for more difficult climbing. Chapel is best seen before 10... crowds descend.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

From parking lot to cathedral was about .3 miles and not bad

Saturday, October 15, 2016

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

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great hike

Friday, September 02, 2016

Not reAlly a hike but parking is limited so you can work a bit to get up to the church. Beautiful views.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Not a hike but amazing views.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Nice architecture.

scenic driving
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Didn't actually hike to it, just drove to parking lot. Very pretty though, very worth seeing.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

This is a great site to see the Chapel in the actual mountain.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

loved it..

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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.

2 months ago

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