Chapel of the Holy Cross
Chapel of the Holy Cross
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Mysterious Sites • Religious Sites
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This chapel, located among dramatic rock formations, offers spectacular views, especially at sunset.
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Out This Door
Mesa, AZ189 contributions
Jan 2023
I grew up in Sedona and have visited this church many times. The view from the church is magnificent. Any weather, any time of day! Last time I went here was with family visiting over New Years. It was snowy/rainy/foggy which added a lovely ambience you hardly ever get in dry AZ! The church itself is also beautiful. It is tiny but you are welcome to walk in, take pictures, have a seat, light a candle. The gift shop is amazing! Beautiful ornaments and souvenirs along with religious gifts too so there’s something for everyone. It’s tiny and packed though. As for parking—this location can get really really busy during the peak season. Plan to get there early in the day or late in the day. There are many parking spots but they do fill up fast just like every parking spot in Sedona. Visiting during the off season is better. There are three levels of parking because the church is up above the surrounding plain. So if you have mobility issues, go right to the top level and then work your way down until you find a spot. But if you have good mobility, park below and walk up. It’s not a steep walk and it is on pavement but its single file since there’s not much room along the street. There is a port-a-john. I recommend hitting a public restroom in either Tlaquepaque or the Village of Oak Creek before you get to the church. Definitely worth the visit!
Written January 31, 2023
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SavageMadre
3 contributions
Sep 2022
A must-see while in Sedona. Ample parking, although it gets crowded. We parked at the bottom of the hill and were excited to see golf cart shuttles to the Chapel. It was nice to have a few dollars to tip the driver, although not expected. Motorists should slow down on the bends- if you are walking to the Chapel from the lower lot, be aware. The Chapel is exquisite. You can pay a few dollars to light candle(s) (one day or three day options). The Crucifix, The Stations of the Cross, and the artwork within the Chapel are beautiful. There is a wonderful gift shop underneath the Chapel with some local artisan work, and a variety of items from Christmas ornaments, to artwork, to other lovely souvenirs. The ladies at the register were so friendly and helpful. Everyone inside the Chapel was respectful and quiet. Many people pray while seated or kneeling. It was okay to take photos quietly inside. Visiting this Chapel was a very moving and holy experience for me. Beautiful outdoor views, too! Don't forget to sign the guest book upon entering. You should not feel like this Chapel is only for Catholic visitors. All are welcome!
Written October 3, 2022
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Kesil
Chicago, IL17 contributions
Mar 2022
Want to clarify first something important: there are NOT restrooms at the chapel, only a few portable toilets at the first tier of parking. We came on a Monday after a 2-hour drive from Scottsdale. The surrounding areas are beautiful, and the chapel itself is fantasting architecture (along with the walkways around it). However, if you aren't that curious about it, I can't recommend doing long travel specifically to see it. You go up, see the chapel full of people (with $1 candles and feeling somewhat faux-spiritual), and a gift shop on a lower floor that I didn't check out. Either way, was worthwhile for the views, but not necessarily a must-see.
Written March 8, 2022
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Kim_F_CA
Rancho Cordova, CA324 contributions
May 2021 • Family
I really loved the trip here from Phoenix. Unfortunately, hundreds of people also descended on this site at the same time. There were swarms and swarms of people walking, driving, trying to see the beautiful Chapel of the Holy Cross. The gift shop was open (downstairs) with a guide monitoring the number of people in/out of gift shop (give your name to her to be next in line). The site was beautiful and I am excited to taking my teenager back to see it on a less-busy day, and earlier in the day, in June.
Written May 17, 2021
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Sandy
Honolulu, HI2 contributions
Oct 2022
My husband and I visited Sedona this week, to relax and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. The one place that we wanted to see was The Chapel of the Holy Cross. I had no idea what was to come when we got there. It was a very crowded Tuesday. We parked near the middle of the road, and a man in a golf cart brought us up to the top parking area. There were maybe 4 or 5 disabled parking spots. I saw 2 wheel chairs; one was occupied. I then discovered why. There's a long steep ramp that goes up to the chapel, and it's the only way to get up to it. My husband and I are not youngsters and he wasn't able to push me in a wheelchair up the long ramp. The golf cart drivers told us that they weren't allowed to drive people up it either. He also told me that the employees have been trying to get the church to purchase a scooter for years, but the church refuses. I sent an email to the church regarding this issue, and received no answer. There is NO mention of any kind of accessibilty issues on the churches website, but there needs to be for people like me.
Written October 14, 2022
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AngelaM65
Chanhassen, MN20 contributions
Mar 2022
Beautiful chapel with beautiful views. When we visited, there were musicians playing and you could light candles for a small fee. The crucifix of Jesus hanging above the altar is amazing. Nice to take a little break to pray and reflect during our vacation.
Written March 17, 2022
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pparrothead
Wilmington, NC4,371 contributions
Apr 2021
While visiting Sedona one of your "must sees" should be the Chapel of the Holy Cross....Even if you are not very religious it is still amazing to see how this "Chapel" was built into the hillside.

It is a small chapel but the stunning architecture more than makes up for it size.. And the surrounding views of the "Red Rocks" are outstanding. Inside there are benches "pews" like any other church that you may have been to. The "Chapel" took approximately 18 months to build...An amazing feat in itself. Parking is at a premium here so you may have to either do some uphill walking or catch the golf cart shuttle that is available.

When we visited it was pretty crowded so we had to wait to go downstairs to stop in the store. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a must visit for anyone vacationing in the Sedona area.
Written May 30, 2021
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Red-Barchetta2011
Suffield, CT744 contributions
Jun 2022
Very Unique Church that fits in the Sedona landscape. When you see pictures of Sedona you will most likely have seen a picture of this Chapel it does not take long to see the church and maybe stop in gift shop. The views are amazing and a must see when in Sedona. The chapel itself very pretty and you can sit in pews and pray or just admire the architecture. We arrived later in day and we were able to find parking up top. But it can get crowded and you can park at bottom and they have people with golf carts take you to the top.
Written June 23, 2022
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Darlene S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania24 contributions
Jun 2021
If only one could tell the rude tourists whose loud conversations ruined the serenity of the chapel to go outside, our experience would have been much better. Many people were trying to have a moment of solitude and people were conversing like they were in a restaurant. The chapel is unique in its architecture and the crucifix that was commissioned for the chapel is truly one of a kind. I would recommend going early in the morning before the tours get there to experience it as a place of worship should be.
Written June 21, 2021
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Louise M
Castle Rock, CO3,498 contributions
May 2022
We went here around 9am and while it was definitely busy, we had no problem finding a parking place near the chapel. If you are lucky, a place will open up in front of you because people were parking way down the hill and hiking up, but we saw people leaving continuously. There is a long ramp that would allow a wheelchair to get up easily. The chapel and deck surrounding it are just stunning. The small garden (mostly pots) is well kept.

Inside the chapel, if you are looking for a truly spiritual experience, walk up to the altar, stand in the feet impression on the floor and look up at the crucifix. Unlike most crucifixes, Jesus has his eyes open, and when you stand there it feels like you are looking right into his eyes.
Written May 17, 2022
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