Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona AZ

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a gorgeous Roman Catholic church in Sedona, Arizona. What sets this unique church apart are the 2 towering red rock formations built around it. The chapel rises 200 feet from the ground with a 90 foot cross as the centerpiece. This beautiful work of art was inspired by sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 1932, this architectural wonder is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Recently, the chapel made the list of “7 man made wonders in Arizona.” Not surprisingly, this architectural masterpiece is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sedona. For any non-hikers seeking great views via minimal effort, The Chapel should please.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross built into Sedona's red rocks

Asides from magnificent panoramas of Sedona’s breathtaking red rock formations (some of which are over 250 million years old), The Chapel is one of several vortex sites. Numerous hikes around Sedona possess intense vortex energy. Vortex sites are basically areas of concentrated energy rising up from the earth. Many hikers report healing and balancing properties after visiting vortex sites.

Incredible red rock views from The Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona AZ
Amazing views from The Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona AZ
On an interesting side note – that gigantic house that you see is owned by the inventors of Lasik. It is one of the most commonly asked questions by new Sedona visitors!
Views from the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona AZ

“The Shrine that provides peace to all who enter”

Services are not available at the Chapel. However, you can still meditate, pray, and enjoy the beautiful interior which includes stained glass windows and magnificent views of the Sedona landscapes. Or simply enjoy the one-of-a-kind photo opportunities. Despite being a man made attraction, you cannot help but feel connected to nature as you gaze out unto the stunning red rock vistas. And do not be afraid to visit if you are not at all religious, as the chapel proudly proclaims, “the chapel is a shrine that provides peace to all who enter.” There is also a little gift shop with all sorts of cute little knick knacks if you feel like stocking up on souvenirs or future gifts. They have a nice little display where you can donate a $1 to light a candle as a commemoration to a loved one.

Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona

Sedona’s most powerful vortex

Many proclaim to feel a certain energy when they visit the Chapel. Some who come simply to enjoy the views leave with a sense of happiness, purpose, or healing. Today, the chapel remains Sedona’s most powerful vortex site. Sedona continues to draw a large New Age crowd due to these vortex sites, and has been transforming more and more into a spiritual center with all types of programs available.

Whether you come for the views, the supposed vortex energy benefits, or to meditate and relax, a visit to The Chapel is a must-do on any Sedona vacation. No one will ever know for sure if these vortexes possess special powers. Skeptics claim it was a scheme to draw in tourists. However, you cannot help but feel something as you look out at the natural wonders surrounding you in every direction. For one, you will definitely feel more in tune with nature. Number 2, you will be able to forget about your problems for a while as the stunning scenery makes you forget everything else.

Stunning scenery at The Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona AZ

For anyone seeking a quiet rejuvenating vacation where you can escape life’s petty problems for a bit, Sedona is as good as it gets. Hiking in Sedona is a wonderful nature experience like no other – you really cannot help but appreciate the simple things in life. On your first visit, the natural beauty of this unique area of the country will definitely overwhelm your senses.

Location & Hours

The Chapel is located at 780 Chapel Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336.  Hours are Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. No fee to park. After this time, the gate closes. Views are best early in the morning. Visit during the winter season for fewer crowds!