Chapel of the Holy Cross

The Chapel is one of Sedona’s best attractions.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a must see!

If you are visiting Sedona, Arizona, you must see the Chapel of the Holy Cross. The Chapel is built into the red rocks and has awe-inspiring and magnificent views of the Sedona area.  It is one of the top things you have to do while in Sedona.

The Chapel of the Holy Cross is open all year long, closed only on Christmas Day, Thanksgiving and Easter.  It is open 9am until 5pm daily.  The gift shop is also open all year long, closed only Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Day, Easter and Good Friday.  The gift shop is open 10am until 5pm.

How do you get to the Chapel?

From Sedona or the Village of Oak Creek, you’ll take State Route 179 until you reach the Chapel Road Traffic Circle.  State Route 179 is also known as the Red Rock Scenic Byway, one of Sedona’s best scenic drives.  Take Chapel Road to the end and there will be a gate to enter the parking area.  The address is 780 Chapel Road.  Since it is one of Sedona’s most popular attractions, here’s some things to remember.  There are only 45 parking spaces at the Chapel.  Since parking is extremely limited, it is best to arrive early or go later in the day.  They suggest you take the first parking space you come upon, you probably won’t find anything better. Parking attendants are available to help you to the ramp of Chapel.  Once you drive to the top of the parking area, there is a turn around making it easy to exit the area.  Parking in the neighborhood is discouraged and most likely illegal, but many park just off the road and walk in.  You can also park at the Little Horse Trailhead and hike to the Chapel Trail.  The Chapel Trail takes you along some beautiful scenery and ends right in the parking lot.

Background of the Chapel

The Chapel of the Holy Cross was built in 1956 for $300,000 and only took 18 months to complete.  Marguerite Brunswig Staude decided she wanted to build a church after she was inspired by the newly constructed Empire State Building.  The venture had to be put on hold due to World War II.  Later her dream was realized when she finally built her church in beautiful Sedona.

St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sedona is the caretaker of the Chapel.  The church also runs the gift shop.  Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted.  The Chapel of the Holy Cross is located at  780 Chapel Road, just off State Route 179 at the Chapel Road Traffic Circle.  For more information, visit their website at http://www.chapeloftheholycross.com.