On our route through the Sedona areain Arizona, apart from touring the oak creek canyon that from the north, along highway 89A, leads us to the city of Sedona, there is another route where we can see two of the great reddish mountains that have made these places famous.
These mountains, which are possibly the most charismatic in the Sedona area, are Cathedral Rock and Bell rock. In order to see them, we have to take the panoramic road called Red Rock Scenic Byway.
To access this road, as we go down 89A from Flagstaff, crossing Oak creek, a little before reaching Sedona we have to take the 179 to the left, which crosses the river. After going through the path to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, soon we will find the reddish mountain on the right Cathedral Rock, with its erect pinnacles.
A little further on, together before reaching the town of Oak Creek Village, on the left we can contemplateBell rock, a rounded reddish rocky mountain, next to another famous rocky promontory, Courthouse Butte.
Hiking to Cathedral Rock
If we have time, we have the opportunity to go hiking and climb Cathedral Rock, at the foot of the great pinnacles.
Cathedral Rock on the Sedona Red Rock panoramic route in Arizona
Input, to enjoy the panoramic view most famous and photographed of the Montana Cathedral Rock, from the shore of the Oak Creek River, we must go down from Sedona on Highway 89A, and turn left on the Upper Red Rock Loop Road to the recreation area Crescent Moon
But to do the hiking trail to Cathedral Rock, we must take Highway 179 from Sedona, and about five kilometers turn right onto the Back O 'Beyond road, where shortly after we find a parking lot. From this one, the route to the reddish mountain Cathedral Rock and the return to the parking lot will take us to travel about two and a half kilometers, although with a drop of almost 200 meters.