Last week, we took a driving trip to visit family and friends. Part of that trip included five days in Sedona and it was wonderful to see friends and people with whom we worked when we lived there. In addition, we got to spend some real quality time with newer friends we met on our Morocco trip, and that was a lot of fun.
One of Sedona’s most famous and most photographed landmarks is Cathedral Rock. It is located in the Coconino National Forest about a mile west of Arizona Route 179. Geologically, it 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.
The summit elevation of Cathedral Rock is 4,921 feet. An older name (no longer used) was “Court House Rock.” Many of the photos taken of it are with a view of Oak Creek below at Red Rock Crossing. I took the photo to the right 10 years ago and it shows Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek running below it. (Geological information source Wikipedia.)