The Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona is an iconic sight. This church was designed by Marguerite Brunswig, a local rancher and sculptor who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous architect who aided in the design of the church. The Chapel Trail begins from the chapel and takes you around East Twin Butte optionally extending to the Chicken Point viewpoint.
This hike is easy and family-friendly. The trail ends at a junction with Little Horse Trail, making it easy to continue further if you want a longer hike. Make sure you stop into the chapel to admire the stained glass windows and dramatic view.
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Route Description for Chapel Trail
Built in 1956, Sedona’s Chapel of the Holy Cross is one of the top man-made sights in the city, and the Chapel Trail begins at this landmark. The Chapel of the Holy Cross was designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude and Frank Lloyd Wright, nestled into the Red Rocks on a hillside. With the dramatic cross on the exterior windows, the stained glass, the massive and intricate figure of Jesus, it’s obvious why this is one of the most visited sites in the city.
The chapel is 61 m tall, and its huge stained glass windows turn the interior into a kaleidoscope when the lighting is right. Although no services (other than a weekly prayer meeting) are held here, it’s a popular wedding location in Sedona.
The Chapel Trail is a perfect hike to take once you’ve explored the Chapel of the Holy Cross. This hike is short, easy, and family-friendly. It can be extended to a nearby viewpoint or used to access Little Horse Trail. However you enjoy it, you’ll love being able to look back at the chapel perched upon the rocks as you hike.
This hike isn’t wheelchair or stroller-friendly, but the chapel is.
The hike begins from the road that leads to the chapel at the trailhead parking area. Head east alongside West Twin Butte, gently descending before crossing the creek bed and hiking on a level trail with a nice view. You’ll hike to the base of Christianity Spire just in front of East Twin Butte, where the trail ends at the junction with Little Horse Trail.
From here, you can either turn back and retrace your steps or explore some easy extensions. If you turn left at the junction and hike around the southern base of Christianity Spire, you’ll reach Chicken Point, a viewpoint that features Gibraltar Rock.
You can also take Little Horse Trail in either direction for a longer adventure. We recommend downloading a map if you plan to do so.
Chapel of the Holy Cross
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a famous church in Sedona that was designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude and Frank Lloyd Wright. Known for its dramatic perch atop a hillside, 61 m prominence, large exterior cross, and stained glass windows, it’s a popular spot for visitors to Sedona despite not holding any services other than weekly prayer nights. The chapel is open seven days a week from 9 AM to 5 PM, except for Easter and Christmas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a fee to see the Chapel of the Holy Cross?
The chapel is free to enter but donations are welcome.
Is there a vortex at the Chapel of the Holy Cross?
There is said to be a vortex at the church, with some visitors feeling a sense of deep gratitude from the energy here.
Can you go to church at the Chapel of the Holy Cross?
The chapel doesn’t currently hold any traditional services, but you’re welcome to visit. There is a weekly prayer gathering.
Insider Hints for Chapel Trail
- Check the chapel’s schedule for their weekly Taizé prayer services. They’re usually held on Mondays.
- Bring a small donation if you enjoy visiting the church and taking the hike.
Getting to the Chapel Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the Chapel Trail is on Chapel Road.
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