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Chapel of the Holy Cross Tours and Activities

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Chapel of the Holy Cross
Built directly into the side of a red-rock hill not far from downtown Sedona, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a modern architectural marvel as well as a religious place for reflection. Visitors flock to the Roman Catholic chapel primarily to take in the outstanding views of Sedona’s awe-inspiring desert scenery.

The Basics
Built in 1956 and designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, the Chapel of the Holy Cross protrudes from the red rock above Sedona, providing visitors with stellar vistas of the area. The chapel features huge windows that frame the verdant valley and distant desert landscapes. Illuminated by sunshine, the altar’s large crucifix is especially impressive. Rest on one of the plentiful pews to enjoy the views.

Many private and small-group tours of Sedona stop at the chapel. For a truly unique perspective, book a scenic helicopter tour of the spectacular area.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a must for architecture enthusiasts and first-time visitors to Sedona. 
  • Admittance to the chapel is free, though donations are welcome.
  • An on-site gift shop has religious items for sale.
  • Please do not bring food, drink, or pets into the chapel.
  • The chapel is accessible to wheelchair users, though the gift shop is not. Accessible parking is available, though the ramp up to the church itself is steep.

How to Get There
The chapel is about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from downtown Sedona. Take Highway 179 south to Chapel Road. There is parking close to the chapel, so you can forego the parking spaces farther down the road if you arrive early in the day, before the crowds. From the nearby parking spots, it is a short walk up a winding walkway to the chapel. You can also get there by hiking the 1.3-mile (2.1-kilometer) Chapel of the Holy Cross Trail.

When to Get There
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is open from 9am to 5pm daily except for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Plan to arrive soon after the chapel opens to avoid the midday crowds. Sedona is lovely year-round, but top times to visit are March to May, when the temperatures are warm and wildflowers are in bloom, and September to November.

Weekly Prayer Service and Seasonal Weddings
A Taizé prayer service takes place every Monday at 5pm, and arrangements can be made for groups to celebrate Mass during the week. In addition, the chapel hosts weddings during fall and spring on Tuesday through Friday.
Address: 780 Chapel Rd, Sedona, AZ, USA
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Scenic Sedona Tour

Scenic Sedona Tour

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Discover the natural beauty of the Southwestern United States on a highlights tour from Sedona. This tour can be customized to your interests, with highlights such as driving through the incredible scenery of Oak Creek Canyon, a visit to Bell Rock and Airport Mesa, and a stop at Chapel of the Holy Cross, an architectural gem built into a tall rock spire. Browse stalls with Native American jewelry and crafts, and hear about the spiritual significance of some of Sedona's most renowned sites on this fascinating introduction to Sedona.
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2.5-Hour Sedona Sightseeing Tour with Sedona Hotel Pickup

2.5-Hour Sedona Sightseeing Tour with Sedona Hotel Pickup

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Experience the beauty of Sedona's red rock country firsthand on a guided tour. Enjoy the landscape of gorgeous Oak Creek Canyon, take in the views from Airport Overlook, and be amazed by Chapel of the Holy Cross—an architectural marvel embedded in a tall rock spire. Learn about Sedona’s history and folklore along with the wildlife and geology of the region as you cover all the scenic highlights of this stunning city in the American Southwest. You also get insider tips on favorite places for restaurants and shopping.
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Discover Sedona Small-Group Tour

Discover Sedona Small-Group Tour

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Get a comprehensive view of Sedona during this tour with a small group of fewer than 14 people. Highlights include the Airport overlook with views of Thunder Mountain and Coffeepot Rock, Tlaquepaque, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Pickup and drop-off at Sedona hotels included.
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Private Highlights of Sedona Jeep Tour

Private Highlights of Sedona Jeep Tour

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See Sedona’s red rocks and mountain peaks on a breathtaking 1.5-hour on-road Jeep tour to Airport Mesa, the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Cathedral Rock. Take in sweeping views of the colorful scenery, and learn the history of this remarkable region’s people and landscape; follow your guide on a short hike to a picture-perfect vista, watch for the birds, lizards and mammals that make their home in the Sonoran Desert. Capture unforgettable images of soaring rocks and rugged plains, then finish the excursion at your Sedona hotel.
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Sedona Scenic Half-Day Private Luxury Car Tour

Sedona Scenic Half-Day Private Luxury Car Tour

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This is a private luxury tour, for your party only. There is plenty of opportunity for photos! Sedona Arizona is home to some of the most enchanting red rocks. This tour is a memorable introduction to the Sedona area. Visit the landmarks including the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Airport Mesa Overlook, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, and one of the most Beautiful drives in Arizona ~ Oak Creek Canyon. Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will share the geology, history and some of the legends of this popular area.
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Sedona Spectacular Journey and Vortex Tour 3 or 4 hr (Please specify)

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Regardless of where you are on your life's journey, it's never a bad time to recharge and reconnect to the universe around you. Sedona’s red rock spires and plateaus offer direct access to the astral plane via interplanetary vortices. And if that sounds like a bunch of hippy-dippy mumbo jumbo, fear not, you don't have to be enlightened to enjoy these geologic wonders and the sweeping desert views they provide.
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Private 4-Hour Tour of Sedona with Pickup

Private 4-Hour Tour of Sedona with Pickup

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Bare witness to the grandeur of Sedona’s otherworldly landscape during this half-day round-trip driving tour. Cruise through Oak Creek Canyon to reach a 7000 ft overlook for sweeping views of the desert before heading to the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Explore the village of Tlaquepaque to browse the local arts and crafts and then head up to the Airport Overlook for more stunning views of Sedona’s most famous Red Rock formations.
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Sedona Scenic Full-Day Private Luxury Car Tour

Sedona Scenic Full-Day Private Luxury Car Tour

This is a private luxury tour, for your party only. There is plenty of opportunity for photos! Your guide will take you to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock and Boynton Canyon and stop for photographs at Red Rock Crossing. From there, you will enjoy lunch and exploring in the ghost town of Jerome, a visit to Tuzigoot Monument and we can visit the Page Springs Winery. Back in Sedona, you will have time to explore the galleries and shops of Tlaquepaque before we take you to Airport Overlook for photo opportunities of the sunset views..
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Sedona Sacred Places and Vortex Private Tour

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This is a private custom tour experience with Steven "Benny' Benedict one of the world's most knowledgable and insightful spiritual and inspired adventure guides. He has Cherokee heritage and a deep understanding of the medicine wheel, flora and fauna, geology, and natural history. We go to remote and magnificent areas few people know exists. We encourage our guests to speak with us to create the perfect experience for you.
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eBike Adventure Tour - Village of Oak Creek

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eBike Adventure Tour - Village of Oak Creek

If your’e visiting Sedona and looking for a great way to see the main sites on the East side of Sedona, then look no further than eTrekAdventures Village of Oak Creek half-day tour. This tour is a great way to experience several of the major scenic sights in this area including stops at Cathedral Rock, the Village of Oak Creek, Bell Rock, and Chapel of the Holy Cross. Each stop offers a brief break in the riding and a chance to take that epic photo to share with family and friends. The tour finishes back at the start point. A total of about 1 hour of riding broken up by several stops, each stop varying from 15-20 minutes, completing the approximate 2 - 2.5 hour total trip time. For those wanting an inclusive tour of some of East Sedona's major sites we highly recommend taking this tour led by one of our top-notch guides.
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Half-Day Private Scenic Tour of Sedona

Half-Day Private Scenic Tour of Sedona

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Our Scenic Sedona tour is highly customizable for our guests. We have a thorough consultation with our guests about their specific interests, including geology, architecture, European history, Native American culture, scenic viewpoints, vortexes or even shopping. All of our guides are flexible and fluent in the area. Our primary goal is to maximize the experience in the time allotted. We want each tour to exceed the expectation of our guests by providing local guides with unique local knowledge. Guests will be provided bottled water, healthy snack bars, and fruit. Our guests are welcome to make any request along the way from beginning to end!
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Chapel of the Holy Cross Trolley Tour from Sedona

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Be impressed by little-known facts on this 1-hour Chapel of the Holy Cross tour. Ride a historical trolley up to the place of Catholic worship above Sedona’s red-rock desert area. Pass by Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village on your way up to the chapel. At the top, snap pictures of the landmark and the views of the surrounding countryside.   
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Sedona Hi-Points Luxury Van Tour

Sedona Hi-Points Luxury Van Tour

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Sedona’s red rock desert landscape is at once otherworldly and emblematic of the American West. See the best parts from the comfort of a luxury van during this round-trip tour from uptown. Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross are just a few of the fabulous sites you'll see along the way.
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Private Sedona Vortex Spiritual and Scientific Tour

Private Sedona Vortex Spiritual and Scientific Tour

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Our Vortex Tour approaches it from both the spiritual experience and the scientific education. We believe in using both the heart and mind. Put the two together on this tour and one comes away with an amazing Sedona experience. **This is a private tour without the private prices**
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2-Hour Sedona Guided Tour

2-Hour Sedona Guided Tour

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We combine 25 years of experience as local tour guides and take you on a journey through some of Sedona's most unique and amazing local sites. On this tour we will explore and learn some of the best kept secrets of Sedona locals and learn the fascinating stories and theories of the Geology, Native History, Settler History, Plant Life, Animal Life, and Vortex. **This is a private tour without the private prices**
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Half-day Sedona Sightseeing Tour

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Half-day Sedona Sightseeing Tour

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You'll see everything from the beautiful red rocks and famous peaks of Sedona, to the Amitabha Stupa spiritual shrine and the mysterious geomagnetic Vortexes found in few other places in the world, and that's just the beginning. Grab lunch in trendy Uptown midway through your tour and make 6 unforgettable stops along the way. Experience all that Sedona has to take in on this special tour brought to you by locals that truly love what they are doing. Stops Included Chapel of the Holy Cross (30 minutes) Sedona Airport Overlook (20 minutes) TlaquePaque Arts Village (40 minutes) Explore Uptown Sedona & Lunch (60 minutes) Vortex @ Rachel's Knoll (20 minutes) Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park (30 minutes) This tour includes the perfect combination of cruising in our custom, open-air 360-degree-view vehicles, stops at the best locations throughout Sedona at the perfect times of the day, and engaging information provided throughout the entire tour by our live tour guides. You're gonna love it!
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