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5. Bell Rock Trail

Sedona’s Bell Rock formation at sunset
Bell Rock’s fine-grained sandstone was formed in the early Permian period by the ebb and flow of oceans. Photo by Steven Reynolds licensed under CC BY 2.0

Ring in your hike with spectacular views atop Bell Rock

Just north of Oak Creek Village stands a peculiarly shaped butte, invoking images of a withered pyramid chipped away by time. This iconic formation is Bell Rock, a purported vortex site and one of Sedona’s most recognizable landmarks. 

There are multiple trails leading here, but the one I take my clients on is the easiest of the bunch: a breezy 2-mile loop through shrub and sagebrush culminating with a glorious climb to the top of this imposing outcrop.

The Bell Rock Trail is well-traveled and not too strenuous. As a bonus, there’s a fun little scramble waiting for you at the end. All in all, this is a good time for the entire family. And if walking around in the Arizona heat gets your stomach churning, there’s a restaurant in Oak Creek called Corner Table where you can get some good old-fashioned American grub. Definitely try their burgers.

Those with more gas in their tanks can go check out Courthouse Butte, another geological jackpot in the vicinity. You’ll recognize this by its flat, box-like shape and horizontal multi-colored stripes.

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