Courthouse Butte Loop

This is an absolute perfect trail for those who would like to spend some time hiking in excellent scenery without the bother of punishing elevation changes. This huge monolith is impressive from every angle. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow.

The following has been gleaned from the Coconino Forest Service website. To visit the Red Rock Country site for Courthouse Butte Loop click “Here”

Courthouse Butte Loop: To get to this wonderful trail, take the wide Bell Rock Pathway from the kiosk toward Bell Rock. It climbs gently and at 1⁄2 mile there is a signed intersection with the Courthouse Butte Loop Trail. Continue ahead on the wide trail (this description is for taking the loop clockwise). The trail continues a gentle climb circling to the left of Bell Rock. It levels out at 1 mile and curves to the right below the slopes of Bell Rock. Follow the large cairns to the 1 1⁄2 mile point where the wide Pathway turns north (left) and a sign shows the Courthouse Butte Loop Trail branching to the right. Go right. This narrower trail passes to the left of Courthouse Butte heading toward Lee Mountain. At 2 1⁄4 miles, the trail passes to the right of a prominent dome-shaped outcrop, and then gradually descends, entering Wilderness.

It enters a dry wash at 3 miles, circles to the right over bare rock and climbs out onto level ground as it leaves the Wilderness area and continues to circle Courthouse Butte. Approaching Bell Rock, the trail meets the pathway once again at 3 3⁄4 miles. Go left, retracing the entry route for 1⁄2 mile to return to the kiosk. The loop is mostly unshaded and can be hot in summer.

Length: 4.3 miles
Season: Year’ round
Hiking time: Allow 2.5 hours (round trip)
Cumulative Elevation: 350 ft.

Notes: A Red Rock Pass is required to park. Horses are prohibited on Bell Rock Pathway. Bicycles are prohibited in the Wilderness Area. Respect private property boundaries.

Directions: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 6.5 miles to a short roadway on the left marked for Bell Rock Vista, milepost 307.1.