Bell Rock is an iconic red rock monolith in Sedona. There is said to be a strong vortex on the rock. The rock can be climbed and is easily accessible at either the Bell Rock or Courthouse viewing areas. There is a fee for parking.
Our family really enjoyed this hike. It is easy enough, for the most part, that our 3 year old could walk it...kept the 14 month old in the backpack. Trail markers were nice, but seemed to "fade" a bit and we lost our way a couple time. All in all, beautiful area, great views. Surrounded by gorgeous red rock,
There are a couple different ways to approach Bell Rock. The most obvious would be to park in the Bell Rock parking lot and start walking towards the massive monolith. We couldn’t find a parking spot in that lot so we opted to park in the neighboring Courthouse Rock lot. I think we ended up making a good (unintentional ) decision because it seems as though that lot was about the same distance away from the rock as the other lot and the trail to the rock was fun and easy. The trail does climb in elevation but in a fun way because you get to sort of slowly make you way halfway up the rock. I suppose you could stop at trail’s end, but what is the fun in that? We scrambled and climbed our way up the rock until we were about ¾ of the way and couldn’t find a safe way for the kids to keep going. It was so fun! The kids (age 6) loved it and felt very accomplished. The views were sprawling and stunning. I am not sure of the exact distance we traveled but my guess is no more than 2 miles round trip. There is definitely some elevation gain but it is climbing so its fun! I think most ages could do this hike and stop whenever things get too tough for your kiddos.
Getting there: Park at the Courthouse Rock viewing area and follow the marked trail to Bell Rock. Once you reach the end of trail, feel free to continue climbing as far as you would like.