Sedona, the Beautiful ~ AZ, USA

Vortex: a funnel shape created by a whirling fluid or by motion of spiraling energy; anything that flows such as wind, water, or electricity. Think: whirlwind, tornado, water going down the drain.

The first time I saw Sedona was through a car window. Four years ago, we’d headed to Los Angeles via the Grand Canyon. Driving for miles past nothing but flat land and cacti, we found ourselves suddenly engulfed in a valley awash in red. At every turn, we were faced with grand rock formations, eroded into abstract shapes, and layered with colours that ranged from yellow, to sand, to burnt sienna. This was Sedona. As we hadn’t planned a stop at the time, I vowed to return. And so we did.

Sedona is a town set at an elevation of 4,500 feet, with a population of 15,000, and is a tourism destination catering to millions of visitors annually. Despite these numbers, the hiking trails that weave in and around it are so peaceful; hearing the whoosh of the wind is a constant while seeing large groups of people is not.

Long regarded a spiritual land by the Ancient Indians, “the Yavapai-Apache tribe consider this sacred ground their Garden of Eden, believing this is where the first woman mated with the sun to begin the human race.”

30 years ago, Page Bryant declared that Sedona was a key area for vortexes – subtle energy that interacts with the being of each person that comes within 1/4 to 1/2 mile of it. These days, Sedona is a popular town to visit for its healing powers.

How to find the strongest points of energy? One way is by observing the Juniper trees around those rock formations pinpointed for their vortex strength. “Juniper trees respond to the vortex energy in a physical way that reveals where the energy is strongest. The stronger the energy, the more of an axial twist the Juniper trees have in their branches.”

I adore Sedona, especially now that I’ve experienced it underfoot and all around me. While I became a treehugger, trying to soak in as much energy as I could, my husband was overcome by the power of the vortex. Either that, or he was feeling the effects of a prickly pear margarita, consumed straight after 5 hours of hiking/walking under the rays of the warm Arizona sun.

Enjoy this snippet of a town that I am so happy to have finally visited.

Sedona as seen from the top of Cathedral Rock – a site of vortex energy

Bell Rock – one of the most powerful sites of vortex energy

Twisted branches may mean strong points of energy. Seen from top of Bell Rock.

Saluting the sun halfway up Cathedral Rock

Prickly pear cactus

Sunset in Uptown Sedona


39 thoughts on “Sedona, the Beautiful ~ AZ, USA

    • Thanks so much Adrian! I wish i could have spent one more day – but that seems to be the case with any city I visit. I am so glad to have returned. let me know if you make it this way. I know you’d be mesmerised by this landscape. 🙂 It’s hard not to be!

  1. We had many good times hiking near Sedona during the years my daughter lived in Arizona. I always enjoyed Sedona’s two faces: the Oak Creek Canyon side, heading north to Flagstaff on the 89A, looks as if it could be in the northeastern U.S., while the other side is purely red rock west. We loved Garland’s Trading Post, on 89A just outside Sedona, and the Native American market that sometimes materilized in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen. Safe travels to you.

    • Thanks so much for your comment Lily! i love the red rock west as it is so unique to this area. I would love to have stayed for longer to experience the markets. we did try cactus fries – interesting and I liked them!

    • Thanks so much Lucy. Definitely spend 2 days here (at least). 1 day to climb say, 2 vortex sights; the other to perhaps explore more of Sedona – relax and have lunch, drinks, shopping. It’s a gorgeous place and you’ll feel so good just being in Sedona.

      • No, I never went there but now I would like to. I first heard about it about a year ago when a friend who lives n Arizona went there with his wife and posted pictures on Facebook. However, he never mentioned anything about the vortex.

      • I know you would like it there Gerard. So much space and beauty around you. Enormity of rock formations and the colours are stunning. When you’re there, it doesn’t feel like you need to be anywhere else. Sightseeing is basically hiking and walking around these rocks. it’s very relaxing. I’ll collate a more detailed post and hope it might help in further inspiration to Sedona!

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  3. I am so jealous now! (in a good way 🙂 ) I’ve always wanted to experience this kind of landscape, to me rocks like this are so magnificent, the shape, the colour, the history, the place looks so powerful and there must be some sort of good energy floating in the air! I said to my friends I’ll go to Grand Canyon for my hen do 😀

    • Yes K, and from Grand Canyon, you need to come to Sedona. This spot is about an hour away from Grand Canyon, and there was an energy there. The red is from the oxidised iron in the rock which has healing properties too. I felt so relaxed there – whether the location, the nature, the healing. Whatever it was, it was a great spot to stop and absorb. You’ll love it K!

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