The Energy of Sedona
Located in the Sedona area are several energy centers, or vortexes of subtle energy (in Sedona they are called vortexes rather than vortices). There are four vortex sites where the energy is strongest. All of them are located in the beautiful natural environment of Sedona, complete with cactus and juniper trees, and all have spectacular red rock views that are both exciting and growth inspiring.
If you are at all sensitive to the more subtle things, the experience of standing at one of these sites and letting the energy flow through you can be very uplifting, and for some people it can be almost overwhelming. This energy can stay with you and affect you in a positive way for days afterwards. Although the Sedona area has many hiking trails that only a vigorous hiker can enjoy, the vortexes are all easy to get to, and no strenuous hiking is required to get to any of them. People come from all over the world to experience this.
Sedona is located in a beautifully serene setting and has long been known as a spiritual power center. This is because the power that emanates from the vortexes saturates the whole area around Sedona, producing some of the most remarkable energy on the planet. This energy has also resulted in a large community springing up in the area, bringing with it a variety of spiritual practices and alternative healing modalities. For this reason Sedona has sometimes been called a spiritual Disneyland.
What is a Vortex?
A vortex is the funnel shape that can be created by any spiraling or whirling fluid, such as wind, water or electricity. Familiar examples are whirlwinds, tornadoes, and water going down a drain. The vortexes in Sedona are swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the earth. This energy is not exactly electricity or magnetism, although it does leave a slight measurable residual magnetism in the places where it is strongest.
From the junction of Hwys 179 and 89A, go 1.1 mile west on 89A and turn left on Airport Rd. Go .5 mile up Airport Rd. to the parking area on the left. Walk up the trail to the saddle between the hills. You may also want to walk up to the top of the small hill on the left. From this vantage point you can see most of Sedona.
Red Rock Crossing/Cathedral Rock Vortex
The easiest access to this vortex is to drive 4.3 miles west on 89A from the junction of Hwys 89A and 179, and turn left on Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. Then go 1.8 miles and turn left on Chavez Ranch Rd. Follow the pavement .8 mile and turn left into Crescent Moon Park (fee to enter). Drive as far into the park as possible, then walk to the creek. As you walk east along the creek toward Cathedral Rock, you will feel the energy getting stronger. The strongest energy is where the creek is closest to Cathedral Rock. Here the spires of Cathedral Rock are hidden behind the cliffs on the other side of the creek. This vortex can also be approached from the Village of Oak Creek by driving along Verde Valley School Road to the end, and then walking along the other side of Oak Creek. Also, if you enjoy hiking and climbing, there is a third route that will bring you close enough to this vortex to feel its energy: From Hwy 179, drive in Back-o-Beyond Rd .6 mile to the parking area at the base of Cathedral Rock, and then hike up the creek bed toward the center of Cathedral Rock.
Boynton Canyon Vortex
From the junction of Hwys. 179 and 89A, drive 3.2 miles west on 89A and turn right on Dry Creek Rd. Follow the signs for Boynton Canyon (this takes you along Dry Creek Road 2.9 miles to a "T" intersection where you turn left, then another 1.7 miles to another "T" where you turn right, then 0.1 mile to a parking area on the right). If you end up at the entrance to Enchantment Resort, turn around and go back 0.3 mile to the parking area. From the parking area, enter Boynton Canyon Trail. Go 250 yards, then take the left fork to stay on Boynton Canyon Trail. Go another 400 yards to the Vista Trail sign. Take the right fork and follow the Vista Trail up the hill. Follow the cairns (red rock trail markers in wire barrels) along this trail, and soon you arrive at a 30 foot high knoll. The energy is strongest around this knoll.
Bell Rock Vortex
Bell Rock is located on Hwy 179, just north of the Village of Oak Creek (5 miles south of the junction of Hwy 89A and 179). Its distinct shape makes it easy to spot, and parking and trails are clearly visible. You will notice that the energy is strong as soon as you get out of your car. You don't have to do any climbing to feel the energy at this vortex.