Courthouse Butte Loop Trail Fast Facts
Length: 3.9 miles
Elevation gain: 357 ft.
Dogs: Yes, on a leash
Approximate time to hike: 2.5 hours
Red Rock Pass: Required
Parking:Courthouse Vista Parking Lot
Good for Instagram photos? Amazing! See our photography pro tips below to get the perfect shot.
About the Courthouse Butte Loop Trail Hike
There are a million reasons to go hiking in Sedona– whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure, are hoping to capture the perfect photo, or are just trying to get a glimpse at the Sedona wildlife. You’ll be able to scratch all of these itches on the Courthouse Butte Loop Trail, but the main attraction on this hike are the views! You won’t find a more scenic trail in Sedona, with gorgeous views in all directions for the majority of the hike. Of course, these views do come with a price – you’re going to have to sweat for them! The lack of trees, and shade, is the price you pay for a hike so beautiful. Don’t worry, it’s still moderate enough that most beginner hikers can make it all the way through with relative ease.
How to Hike Courthouse Butte Loop in Sedona
This is a very scenic trail and shade is sparse, so be sure to pack sun protection, water, and your camera! The trail is very well marked and can be completed two different ways: from the south by entering via Bell Rock Pathway and Vista, or from the north via Courthouse Vista. We recommend starting at Courthouse Vista, and walking southeast toward Bell Rock. At the quarter mile mark the trail intersects Bell Rock Pathway, and you have a choice. You can follow the trail to the east and circle Courthouse Bute clockwise, or follow the trail to the west and circle it counterclockwise. You can’t go wrong here, either way will give you the same amazing views.
Photography pro tips
It’s hard to take a bad photo in Sedona, especially along the Courthouse Butte Loop Trail. One of the best parts of this trail is the visibility that it offers- at any point you can point your camera in any direction and get a great picture. To make the most of this visibility, we recommend using a wide-angle lens or even a fisheye. If you’re using a smartphone, this trail is the perfect opportunity to take a panoramic photo or two.