The Chapel of the Holy Cross, a Roman Catholic church in Sedona, Arizona, is a truly unique sight to behold as it is built in between 2 towering red rock formations. 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, and was voted one of the “7 man made wonders in Arizona.” Not surprisingly, due to the outstanding views, The Chapel is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sedona.
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 and sites around Sedona are known to possess vortex energy, which is basically a concentrated area of energy rising up from the earth, with reported healing and balancing properties.
No services are offered 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 church, 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.
For any non-hikers looking for a great view without a ton of effort (just a small bit of walking is required), The Chapel is definitely your best bet. Many proclaim to feel a certain energy when they visit the Chapel. Some who come simply to enjoy the views are overtaken with a sense of happiness, purpose, or healing, thus leading to the Chapel being declared 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 just for a quiet, beautiful place to meditate and relax, a visit to The Chapel is a must-do on any Sedona vacation. Although no one will ever know if these vortexes are real (skeptics claim they were made up to draw in tourists), 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.
For anyone seeking a quiet rejuvenating vacation where you can escape life’s petty problems for a bit, Sedona is as good as you will get. Hiking in Sedona is a wonderful nature experience like no other – you really cannot help but appreciate the simple things in life. As soon as you hit the trails, you are completely overtaken with the natural beauty of this unique area of the country.
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. The gate is closed after this time, so you will not be able to enter. Views are best early in the morning. Visit during the winter season for fewer crowds!