Courthouse Butte Loop Trail

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Courthouse Butte Loop Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sedona, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
357 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

views

rocky

South Trailhead: Bell Rock Vista and Pathway trailhead (South of Bell Rock): from the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 6.5 miles to a left turn lane marked for Bell Rock Vista, milepost 307.1 for the south trailhead. North Trailhead: Courthouse Vista Trailhead (north of Bell Rock): From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 5.2 miles to a left turn lane marked for Courthouse Vista, milepost 308.2. Turn left, then across the northbound lane to the trailhead on the east side of the road.

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome sights. The trail was not marked very well though

25 days ago

Did this as part of the bell rock hike. Quite and peaceful except on North side. We had several bike groups go by on north side. The other sides were very quite we found the east and north east side of butte very pretty with moderate trails. I’d do this again for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

Set out from the Courthouse Vista parking to Bellpark Pathway which connects to the courthouse butte trail. I went counter clockwise so that I could hit the front side of bell Rick and courthouse butte around 6:30 pm (hour before sunset). Great light. It took me about 2 hours in total but I was moving a decent clip. The backside of the butte isn’t too exciting but the whole trip is a great walk. Would be great with dogs.

1 month ago

Nice loop trail, only a few people 8:00-11:30 am. Park at either Courthouse Butte parking or Bell Rock parking. Start early, wear a hat, take water. Climbing possible at Spaceship, Baby Bell, and Bell. The Bell Pathway is more crowded but except right at parking areas, you can avoid most with short alternate loops. Shaded spots on trail occasionally but mostly open sun. Bikes on part of trail but not a hazard. Fantastic views every few yards. Other than dogs, a lizard and a blue bird like a grackle, no animals seen. Juniper, yucca, and prickly pear. Dry red sand/dust, rock slide washes and loose stones. Moderate climbing up maintained trails (with optional rock climbing), lots of signs but take a map because the signs are somewhat confusing. No water or restrooms. Great trail to start a Sedona visit.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful area... no surprise being Sedona. It was actually pretty empty once we got past Bell. Don’t mistake this trail. It’s fairly easy but when the temperatures start to climb there’s little shade and make sure you have water. Also, get there early. The entire area fills up and it’s difficult to find a parking spot.

2 months ago

Great hike with ever changing views of the butte. Did it with our kids.

2 months ago

Lots of competition for parking in March! The trail is not hard. Nice walk with beautiful scenery and random rocks you can climb

hiking
3 months ago

We got there right at 7 am so very little traffic. Very pretty. Ended up doing the bell rock climb at the end. Gorgeous. Well marked trail

hiking
3 months ago

Provides fantastic views of the butte from all sides. Combine with the Bell Rock trail for a photographers dream.

4 months ago

Great Trail, beautiful views!

hiking
4 months ago

My wife and I loved this trail. We started at Bell Rock TH and took the Big Park Loop (counterclockwise) around to the Court House Butte. We were on the edge of the wilderness and the scenery was beautiful. Moderate. Not many people & no bikes. Total 7 miles

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great trail to take in the beautiful scenery of both Courthouse and Bell rocks. The trail is smooth and clear and once your are on the south side of the trail you fell like you’re deep in the desert as it’s so quiet and peaceful! It’s a great mid morning hike!

4 months ago

Easy trail - took 3 hours due to stopping to take pictures! It was recommended that we do the loop counter clockwise and really glad we took that advice. Beautiful views of the rocks on our left and on the right the expanse of the valley and surrounding mountains as we started out. Coming back we were walking into the sunset with red rocks on 3 sides. Amazing.

5 months ago

Great hike that we did the last part of the day, just making it back by sunset. Took us just over 2 hours. As it's a loop, scenery is constantly changing. Fantastic rock formations as you circle round the back of Courthouse Butte. Very pleasant January day, I imagine this is very hot in summer and should be tackled early doors. Not steep at all, just a few inclines to deal with. Highly recommended. Bonus... we went back to same trailhead (The one for the Bell Rock climb) next morning for sunrise. Almost no one around and was just gorgeous as the sun lit up rocks all around.

hiking
5 months ago

very pleasant hike in winter. did this before in may too and it was far more difficult with the heat.

Fantastic walk around magnificent courthouse butte and bell rock... the wooded scenery keeps you enthralled

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail not the most exciting place but a good hike! Parking lots are sometime not so easy to find a spot.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, beautiful scenery. Not too hard but it does get rugged during certain stretches. There are several connecting trails during the course, so you have plenty of options to veer off onto connecting trails. You also have the option to do the Bell Rock Climb which is really awesome!!

hiking
6 months ago

Smiles all around. Off season; rarely saw any people. Spectacular scenery. Don’t forget to seek our Space Ship Rock. Hike to the back and climb to the top. Raced the sun to the top of Bell Rock for a geocache. Flashlights to climb down, and another hour night hiking to get back to the parking lot (near Circle K). Caught a predator tracking us on the west side of Bell rock. Thankful for glowing eyes and tactical flashlights.

hiking
7 months ago

Picturesque. Easy to find. Spots to climb a little and take photos.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice loop trail that was well maintained and clearly marked. Added on the Bell Rock Climb which was a little tough for me. Lots of photo ops! Take enough water!

7 months ago

Nice moderate trail with lovely scenery. We parked at the vista parking and hiked clockwise. Most people were going the opposite way but we appreciated the downhill, sun at back later and views. Also less crowded. Parking busy but people were coming and going so we waited just a couple of minutes for a spot. Used national park pass to park. Took about an hour 45 at moderate pace.

hiking
8 months ago

Come early to avoid getting shut out due to lack of parking! There is a fee machine, so no need to wait until it opens. Several trails originate at the same spot, so the lot fills up quickly. Very little shade, so going early in the day is key. Fortunately it's not too difficult, which is a good thing because the views are so spectacular that it's hard to focus on where you're walking! I don't think I would ever tire of this trail. The views are jaw dropping at every turn.

trail running
8 months ago

Pure beauty. I recommend going at sunrise to take in the fresh am viibes and beat the crowds, I imagine it gets pretty busy during the day.

8 months ago

We really liked the dry water beds and the variety of shade and open air. We are old so it kicked our ass a bit and we don't understand why because 4 miles isn't that big of a deal. We has confused.

9 months ago

I felt the Trail was too easy. However the views were worth it.

9 months ago

A nice combination of shade, open terrain, slick rock, dried stream beds and incredible views. We did the trail in a counter clockwise direction which I believe offers the best views.

walking
11 months ago

EASY trail. A beautiful walk/hike that allows you to take in the red rock scenery

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Puts the Awe in awesome! After parking, begin with the Bell Rock Pathway. This connects with Courthouse Butte Trail. Many thanks to the biker who told us (when looping clockwise), keep Courthouse Butte to your right shoulder. It was beautiful.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Great trail. Great views of many formations.

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