Being one of the most photographed features in all of Arizona may sound like an awful burden, but it is one that Cathedral Rock carries with the utmost gravity.
Protruding a neck-aching 5,000 feet from the rusty rich, red Arizona earth, it is no wonder that this impressive pillar draws crowds; but it is not just the archetypal photo opportunists (and the odd wedding party) that come to admire this site. In recent years, the rock has earned itself a bit of a reputation among spiritual circles, becoming somewhat of a totem for New Age aficionados keen on drawing positive energies from the purportedly magnetic vortex that eddies deep within the stone. Whatever your feelings about the metaphysical, it’s a plain fact that the view from the saddle — best attempted outside of peak temperature times to avoid coming away the same colour as the sun-baked ground — is likely to be an eye-opening experience.
Given its leaning toward the dramatic, it's not surprising that the Sedona region is a haven for hikers and bikers. Trails toward a variety of other impressive natural wonders also are abundant within a relatively small area. From the Devil’s Bridge and Buddha Beach to Broken Arrow Trail, there is plenty here to inspire budding spaghetti Western directors, as well as instil a sense of grandeur in even the most stone-faced wannabe cowboys.
It isn't often you come across a spiral staircase in the middle of a nature park, so when you do, its only natural to wonder about how it got there.
The Hidden Garden Steps are an unexpected treat that will delight and surprise passers-by who stumble down San Francisco's 16th Avenue.