Take a Hike to Bell Rock
Bell Rock is Sedona’s most famous and most recognizable red rock formation. It is also known as the largest vortex in the area and people from all over the world visit it to feel the energy. Bell Rock is a butte and yes, it looks like a bell.
From the Village of Oak Creek, head north on State Route 179. Just as you pass the Circle K, get ready to turn right into the Bell Rock Trailhead Parking Area. There is plenty of parking spaces, but since this is a popular hiking area, parking fills up fast during busy times. You’re in luck, though. If this parking area is full, just head north and try the Courthouse Vista Parking Area. A Red Rock Pass is required to park in these trailhead parking lots, but you can find everything you need to know about purchasing a pass here: Red Rock Pass Information.
Bell Rock Pathway
The hike around Bell Rock is fairly easy and is a little over a mile. The trail is well maintained and easy to navigate. Casual or beginner hikers will love this trail. It is the perfect hike to see take in all the other red rock formations nearby like Courthouse Butte. More experienced or adventurous hikers may choose to climb to the top of Bell Rock or at least to the halfway point. Know your limits and remember, climbing up is easier than climbing down sometimes. Don’t become one of the people who have to be rescued!
Feeling like taking a longer hike? You may want to add the Courthouse Butte Loop to your journey. It is easily accessed from the Bell Rock trail system. The Courthouse Butte Loop Trail is about 4 miles long. Along the way, you’ll see even more beautiful red rock formations and you’ll even see Bell Rock from a new perspective.
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