Being one of the most photographed features in the entirety of Arizona may sound like an awful burden, but it is one that Cathedral Rock carries with the utmost gravity.
Protruding a neck-aching fifteen hundred metres from the rusty rich, red Arizona earth, it is no wonder that this impressive pillar draws the crowds; but it is not just the archetypal photo opportunists (and the odd wedding party) that come to admire this site. In recent years, the rock has earned itself a bit of a reputation amongst spiritual circles, becoming somewhat of a totem for New Age aficionados keen on drawing positive energies from the purportedly magnetic vortex that eddies deep within the stone. Whatever your feelings on the metaphysical, it’s a plain fact that the view from the saddle – best attempted outside of peak temperature times to avoid coming away the same colour as the sun-baked ground – is likely to be an eye-opening experience.
Given its leaning towards the dramatic, it is unsurprising that the Sedona region in its entirety is a hiker and biker haven, and trails towards a variety of other impressive natural wonders are abundant within a relatively small area. From The Devil’s Bridge and Buddha Beach to Broken Arrow trail, there is plenty here to inspire budding spaghetti Western directors, as well as instil a sense of grandeur in even the most stony faced of wannabe cowboys.