Sedona's Energy Vortexes
Boynton Canyon is considered one of Sedona's most powerful vortex sites. The canyon also happens to be one of the most scenic. The roughly six-mile trail takes you through lush riparian vegetation, with views of the canyon's spires and incredible rock formations. After your hike, head to the Center for the New Age for more information on local vortexes and New Age events.
1 hide detailFamous box canyon trail with outstanding scenery
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An easy hike into a scenic box canyon and one of the most beloved vortex spots in Sedona. Be patient as you pass Enchantment Resort--it gets better!
For many visitors who come to Sedona to experience first-hand the dream-like, red rock landscape of this Southwestern destination, hiking Boynton Canyon Trail ranks high on the list of things to do. Boynton Canyon is one of the most popular box canyons in the Southwest, earning Sedona dozens of glossy travel magazine spreads over the years. The easily accessible, 2.5 mile trail into the canyon lies just southwest of town, starting at the same trailhead as another popular hike, Deadman's Pass Trail. Boynton Canyon trail, which leads you by groves of fragrant oak, juniper, and pine trees, meanders over dry washes, skirts the edges of the Enchantment Resort, and then descends toward the sandy bottoms of the red sandstone canyon. The prehistoric ruins of the Sinagua people are said to be hidden high in the canyon cliffs. More recently, Boynton Canyon has earned the reputation as a prime vortex zone, beckoning travelers looking to soak up the high desert energy from Sedona's so-called energy vortexes.
2 hide detailSpiritual tours
Visit this alternative healing center for a special treatment from the "New Age." Take a weekend sabbatical and delve into the mysteries of your soul or rid yourself of unwanted addictions. Wedding coordination is offered and a private island venue is available at the center. Private psychic and tarot readings, spiritual massage, astrological reports and vortex tours are just a few of the many services offered here. A good selection of spiritual books, crystals and assorted mystical products are also available for purchase.
Cathedral Rock is a Sedona landmark and perhaps the most photographed red rock formation in town. For those seeking out Sedona's famed vortexes, Cathedral Rock is also said to be a center of natural energy. Bell Rock, just north of the Village of Oak Creek, is also famous for its distinct shape and is said to be located on a strong vortex.
3 hide detailHiking and climbing adventure at a Sedona landmark
Cathedral Rock is one of Sedona's most famous scenic landmarks, a majestic monolith with red spires twisting up toward the sky, perfect for getting postcard-worthy vacation pics that will make your friends back home green with envy. Be warned that getting up close and personal with Cathedral Rock is not a simple endeavor, but it's completely worth the effort for the broad valley views and close encounters with a fascinating lava dike. You'll need to rock climb your way across and over steep, unshaded bald rocks and shallow clefts to get to rock's multilevel ledges and bases. Like all great hikes, challenging but rewarding. To get here from the junction of Routes 89A and 179, take 179 south 3.5 miles to Back-O'Beyond Road, which will be on your right. From there, go less than one mile to the trailhead parking turnout on your left.
4 hide detailMonumental rock with energy
This rock is easily recognized by its stately shape and unusual red color. The object of many visitors' pointed cameras, this rock becomes more than it appears at first glance. Possessing one of four Energy Vortexes in the area, this is a highly popular attraction. Located near the Bell Rock Inn whose rooms offer incredible views, this rock possesses energy of the "active" type, which spirals up, encircling you. Experiment sensing this energy while on the rock by first briskly rubbing your hands together, then hold your palms first upward with arms outstretched, then downward, feeling the invisible forces at work either lifting or pushing down.