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Bell Rock

Embark on a short walk or a longer hike to see the horizontal bands of sandstone in this landmark butte and its breathtaking Verde Valley surroundings.

Bell Rock is a stunning tapered sandstone formation that towers into the sky from the Red Rock Country near Sedona. Explore this geological wonder and alleged “vortex” site to find out why many visitors claim to feel a special burst of energy when they walk amid this magnificent canyon landscape. It’s easy to see why when you’re faced with the immense presence of Bell Rock and its surrounding formations, Courthouse Butte and Spaceship Rock.

The trails around Bell Rock begin at a magnificent lookout directly to the south of the rock formation. From here, you can wander along the well-marked Bell Rock Trail to the northern face of the rock. Embark on a short climb partway up the formation, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding valley and the sunset hues of the canyon.

Alternatively, you can join the 5-mile (8 kilometer) loop track that leads through magnificent sandy grasslands. Spot small wildflowers soaking up the sun and keep watch for the paw prints of coyotes and foxes. You might also see jackrabbits and lizards. Tiny hummingbirds flit through the treetops. Gaze out into the open sky and you might see hawks or eagles circling above.

Following the loop trail counter-clockwise, you’ll approach Courthouse Butte on your left and the intriguingly shaped Spaceship Rock on your right. The loop track will bring you back to the Bell Rock Trail and finally to the vista at the trailhead.

Bell Rock is situated nearby the Village of Oak Creek, 6.1 miles (9.8 kilometers) south of Sedona. The trails are flat, except for the final climb partway up Bell Rock itself. A car pass is required for Red Rock Country if you want to park and explore the trails. Apart from the pass, this area is free to visit year-round. It is recommended you embark on the hike between fall and spring to avoid the hottest part of the year. Some areas of the hike have little shelter from the sun, so bring sun protection and plenty of water for your walk.

Popular Activities at Bell Rock

Would you like to make your visit to Bell Rock even more memorable? Remember to try out a few of these things to do:

Want to know what else there is to do at this famed attraction? We suggest purchasing a Hiking Tour at Bell Rock Vortex.

If you'd like more options, take a look at our Sedona things to do page.


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Bell Rock Inn by Diamond Resorts $119
Bell Rock Inn by Diamond Resorts

Bell Rock Inn by Diamond Resorts

6246 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Bell Rock and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Sedona Golf Resort. Chapel of the Holy Cross and Cathedral Rock are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Wildflower Inn at Bellrock $125
    Wildflower Inn at Bellrock

    Wildflower Inn at Bellrock

    6086 Highway 179, Sedona, AZ
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this Sedona motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bell Rock and Sedona Golf Resort and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Cathedral Rock and Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Adobe Village Inn $179
      Adobe Village Inn

      Adobe Village Inn

      150 Canyon Circle Dr, Sedona, AZ
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Bell Rock and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Sedona Golf Resort. Chapel of the Holy Cross and Cathedral Rock are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Holiday Inn Express Sedona $143
        Holiday Inn Express Sedona

        Holiday Inn Express Sedona

        6176 Highway 179, Sedona, AZ
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Sedona, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Bell Rock and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Sedona Golf Resort. Cathedral Rock and Chapel of the Holy Cross are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          The Views Inn Sedona $136
          The Views Inn Sedona

          The Views Inn Sedona

          65 E Cortez Dr, Sedona, AZ
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Sedona, this motel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Sedona Golf Resort and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Bell Rock. Chapel of the Holy Cross and Cathedral Rock are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Red Agave Resort $179
            Red Agave Resort

            Red Agave Resort

            120 Canyon Circle Dr, Sedona, AZ
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Sedona, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Bell Rock and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Sedona Golf Resort. Cathedral Rock and Chapel of the Holy Cross are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Sedona Village Lodge $104
              Sedona Village Lodge

              Sedona Village Lodge

              105 Bell Rock Plaza, Sedona, AZ
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Sedona, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Bell Rock and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Sedona Golf Resort. Cathedral Rock is 4.4 mi (7.1 km) away.

                Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn of Sedona $259
                Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn of Sedona

                Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn of Sedona

                40 Canyon Circle Dr, Sedona, AZ
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the suburbs, this romantic bed & breakfast is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Bell Rock and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Sedona Golf Resort. Chapel of the Holy Cross and Cathedral Rock are also within 6 mi (10 km).