Bell Rock Pathway / Vista

Area Status: Open
Bell Rock from the Pathway
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The Bell Rock Pathway is a 3.6-mile trail. Along this pathway you'll enjoy fantastic views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, and other landmarks. Most of the pathway has a wide, hard surface, but there are some steep hills too. Some places around Bell Rock are rocky and rough.

There is a popular observation area on the west side of Bell Rock not accessible from the highway.


At a Glance

Area Amenities: Toilets, Parking
Fees: Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required for parking at both trailheads.
Open Season: Year-round
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Village of Oak Creek, AZ, and Sedona, AZ
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilets
Operated By: Red Rock Ranger District - 928-203-2900

General Information

General Notes:

Rating: Easy to Moderate

Hiking Time: Allow 2.5 hours

Area elevation: 4392 feet


  • Equestrians: Horses are allowed on the trail. There is a designated parking space for horse trailers at the trailhead. 
  • Cyclists: Please control your speed at all times and be prepared to stop quickly. Expect to find someone on the trail around every corner. Remember, it is the cyclist's responsibility to yield to all other trail users.
  • The Pathway passes very close to Munds Mountain Wilderness. Please keep Wilderness "wild" for future visitors, leave no evidence of your visit. Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte are inside the Wilderness.
  • Stay on the trail to help protect fragile soils and plants and preserve the area's natural splendor.

There is a popular observation area on the west side of Bell Rock - not accessible from the highway.


Location: 31 miles south of Flagstaff in scenic Red Rock Country.


  • North Trailhead (Map): 34°48'19.8"N 111°46'00.5"W
  • South Trailhead (Map): 34°47'29.4"N 111°45'42.7"W

Access: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 3.6 miles to a paved turnout and trailhead parking on the left (east) at milepost 309.8, .2 miles south of the entrance to the United Methodist Church for the northern trailhead.

For the southern trailhead, from the South Gateway Visitor Center, go 1 mile north to Bell Rock parking area on your right.


  • Red Rock Country Maps: Download Red Rock Country trail maps and find other Sedona recreation resources. See the Sedona Southeast map for this trail.
  • The Digital Travel Map Whether you're driving, hiking, riding, or exploring, you will find this full-color, GPS-enabled map a handy reference to have on your mobile device. The map show trails, recreation sites, major landmarks, and forest roads.
  • Forest Service Topo Map (FSTopo Geo-enable PDF)


Select the map thumbnail for a larger version.

Bell Rock Pathway Map


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking Skill Rating: Beginner (source: Cosmic Ray's Arizona Mountain Bike Guide)

See Bicycle Restriction: Red Rock Country under Forest Orders for information about off-trail biking and permitted slickrock areas in the Sedona area.

Day Hiking

Viewing Scenery


Parking: Paved road and parking
Toilets: Available at the trailheads

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
3.7 miles

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  Elevation : 
4188 at Trailhead