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Chapel of the Holy Cross

Emerging from one of Sedona’s famous walls of red rock, this chapel is a spectacular sight to behold.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is one of the most magnificent sites in all of Sedona. This Roman Catholic chapel was built on a spur of rock that rises 200 feet (60 meters) off the ground. A breathtaking 90-foot (27-meter) cross cuts down the center of the chapel and looks like it has been wedged into the rock. Admire this incredible structure, which seems to be a natural extension of the distinctive red buttes that surround it.

Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a local rancher and artist, commissioned the chapel in 1932. Staude was inspired by the newly constructed Empire State Building and wanted to create a church in that style. It was completed in 1956 after just 18 months of construction.

In 1957, the American Institute of Architects bestowed the chapel with its Award of Honor. The chapel remains a place of fascination to this day. Marvel at the chapel’s dramatic exterior, which extends out of the red rock wall.

Enter the chapel and note the simple and intimate interior. The angular walls and natural light seeping in give the impression of a place where heaven meets earth. The impressive cross in the middle of the room is the centerpiece of the structure from the inside and out. Flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows, it offers magnificent views of Sedona’s red rocks. 

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a 10-minute drive south from the center of Sedona. There is ample parking and clear paths from the parking lot to the entrance of the chapel, however, it is quite a steep walk. The gift shop downstairs has a wonderful selection of souvenirs, including rosaries and crosses made of stones found in the area. The chapel is free to enter and open daily except for Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. A brief prayer service is held each Monday evening and is open to the public.

Popular Activities at Chapel of the Holy Cross

Would you like to make your stop at Chapel of the Holy Cross even more memorable? Don't miss the chance to try a few of these things to do:

Why not think about purchasing a Small Group Sedona Single Day Tour and a Sedona Red Rock Explorer from Flagstaff?

Check out our Sedona things to do page to find more activities while you're here.


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Sky Ranch Lodge
Sky Ranch Lodge

Sky Ranch Lodge

1105 Airport Rd., Sedona, AZ
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in West Sedona, this lodge is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Sunset Trail and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Sedona Art Center. Kuivato Gallery and Mountain Trails Galleries are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Arabella Hotel Sedona ¥15,744
    Arabella Hotel Sedona

    Arabella Hotel Sedona

    725 Highway 179 Sedona, Sedona, AZ
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Sedona, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Chapel of the Holy Cross. Bell Rock and Sedona Golf Resort are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Los Abrigados Resort And Spa by Diamond Resorts ¥9,485
      Los Abrigados Resort And Spa by Diamond Resorts

      Los Abrigados Resort And Spa by Diamond Resorts

      160 Portal Ln, Sedona, AZ
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Sedona hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuivato Gallery and Sedona Art Center. Chapel of the Holy Cross is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

        Poco Diablo Resort ¥15,861
        Poco Diablo Resort

        Poco Diablo Resort

        1752 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the mountains, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Broken Arrow Trailhead and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chapel of the Holy Cross and Sedona Art Center. Cathedral Rock is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

          Sedona Vintage at the Chapel - 3 Br Home
          Sedona Vintage at the Chapel - 3 Br Home

          Sedona Vintage at the Chapel - 3 Br Home

          71 Little Horse Lane, Sedona, AZ
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Sedona, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Chapel of the Holy Cross and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Cathedral Rock. Broken Arrow Trailhead and Exposures International Fine Art Gallery are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Villas At Poco Diablo, a VRI Resort ¥18,150
            Villas At Poco Diablo, a VRI Resort

            Villas At Poco Diablo, a VRI Resort

            1752 Highway 179, Sedona, AZ
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Sedona, this golf condo building is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Broken Arrow Trailhead and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chapel of the Holy Cross and Cathedral Rock. Sedona Art Center is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

              Amara Resort and Spa ¥18,650
              Amara Resort and Spa

              Amara Resort and Spa

              100 Amara Lane, Sedona, AZ
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Uptown Sedona, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuivato Gallery and Sedona Art Center. Mountain Trails Galleries and Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Morgan Horse Retreat
                Morgan Horse Retreat

                Morgan Horse Retreat

                45 Morgan Road, Sedona, AZ
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Sedona, this golf vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Broken Arrow Trailhead and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chapel of the Holy Cross and Sedona Art Center. Exposures International Fine Art Gallery and Lanning Gallery are also within 1 mi (2 km).