If we had to create a list with reasons of why we love the Grand Canyon state, the endless outdoor activities would have to be at the top. With ideal warm weather throughout most of the year, it's hard to find an excuse to stay in. If you want to get some of the infamous red rock views the state is known for, you should check out hikes in Sedona, Arizona

The Cathedral Rock Trail might only be about 1.4-miles roundtrip, but it's a challenging one.

It's open year-round and although the weather is cooler in the winter, you might still break a sweat. Before you get started on your trek, you'll need to purchase a $5 Red Rock Pass for parking. 

You can buy one online, at visitor desks, entry booths, or vending machines. They're good for one day, so if you want to hit up multiple trails that require a pass, you can.

Although the trip is short and unshaded, you'll have to climb up rocks on the steep ascent. It's possible that some of them may be wet or slippery, so plan your hike accordingly. 

If your friends aren't available to hike this trail with you, no worries! You can bring your leashed furry friend along, however, there is a 600-foot elevation gain

The upwards scramble will be well worth the views. From the top, you'll get to see some of the best scenery and never-ending red rock views. 

Some of the best times to visit are in the morning or right before sunset. Parking at the trailhead is limited, so if you want to snag a spot the earlier the better, and preferably over a weekday. 

Before you head back down to your car, we suggest visiting the "secret pillar." According to an explorer, "Once at the top of this best Sedona hike, swing a left and follow a rocky hill to a hidden pillar."

The rock formation makes for a great backdrop for photos. Whether you're an avid traveler or Arizona native, this is one of the best Sedona hikes. 

Cathedral Rock Trail 

Difficulty: Difficulty

Length: Approx. 1.4-miles roundtrip

Address: Sedona, Arizona

Why You Need To Go: You'll get to break a sweat + see amazing red rocks. 


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