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Courthouse Rock with the Cathederal Rock complex in the foreground make a striking backdrop for Sedona real estate.
The Cathedral Rock area is a famous landmark on the Sedona skyline, and is one of the most-photographed sights in the state. This view is from the Red Rock Loop road in western Sedona. The Rock is located in the Coconino National Forest in Yavapai County, about a mile west of Arizona Route 179, and about 2.5 miles south of the "Y" intersection of Routes 179 and 89A downtown. The summit elevation of the Rock is 4,921 feet and is a popular short, steep ascent from the Back O' Beyond trailhead to the saddle points or "gaps" at the base of the rock.
Geologically, Cathedral Rock is carved from the Permian Schnebly Hill formation, a red bed sandstone formed from coastal sand dunes near the shoreline of the ancient Pedregosa Sea. Ripple marks are prominent along the lower Cathedral Rock trail, and a black basalt dike may be seen in the first saddle.
Originally called "Court House Rock" on some early maps, Cathedral Rock, like Courthouse Butte or "Church House Rock", has caused endless name confusion to the casual observer.
April 23rd, 2013
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