I actually got a giggle out of this, but at the same time, I can understand why so many feel that this area is filled with some of the most positive energy. Beautiful landscapes with serene settings have a very calming positive affect on people. Vortexes supposedly are the whirling fluid of energy the earth produces and can be felt in certain locations. Sedona has at least four main energy vortexes. They can only be felt from within each individual. This all sounds like a 60’s thing, ok…..so rock on! I do remember Mike our Tour Guide from Pink Jeep Tours pointed out a Juniper tree and said this one a location of a vortex, since these trees are supposedly affected by the energy and that is why their trunks twist.
These locations are the Airport Vortex, Red Rock Crossing/Cathedral Rock Vortex, Boynton Canyon Vortex, and Bell Rock Vortex.
Bell Rock, one of Sedona's four major vortex sites, makes for a lovely early morning hike. It is a great place for prayer and meditation and is reputed to be the best spot in the area for communication with extra-terrestrials. Whatever your reaons for visiting, a hike up or around Bell Rock will leave you at once both invigorated and at ease with the world.
Red Rocks pass required. You can get a day pass at most gas stations in Sedona.
Take 179 south of town for a couple of miles. As Bell Rock grows before you, look for a small dirt parking strip on the east side of the road.
Finding the Vortexes in Sedona is half the fun. Even for the truly doubting "Thomas" like my husband, finding out whether a vortex's energy is "male" "female" or "mixed" becomes a topic of major discussion with light hearted banter.
For those seriously devoted to the sacred and divine vibrations emitted from the vortexs I have attached a vortex map and a website that offers tours. No mocking here, for these tours will leave you with respect and perhaps a bit of understanding for this mystical attraction.
Be prepared to hike (up hills, uneven terrain, and loose rock), wear sturdy shoes, take water and a snack (make sure you pack out what you bring in!), sunscreen and an open mind.
Sedona is all about natual beauty and personal spirituality. What could be more appropriate than greeting the sun from atop one of the local rocks. Visit my travelogue for a description of the short hike that can take you to the top of Sugarloaf Rock. If you go at dawn like I did you'll have the whole world to yourself. Bliss!
Coffeepot Vortex, named for its shape, is not one of the most famous vortexes, nor is it believed to be one of the strongest. Because it is supposedly less powerful this area is less visited than other more popular sites. It is a good place to have a moment of virtual solitude among Sedona's spiritual sights.
Kachina Man is the masculine vortex in Boynton Canyon. Kachina Man is located near Kachina Woman, the feminine vortex. Together, these two vortexes are said to create a balance of the energy in Boynton Canyon.
Courthouse Butte is located to the east of Bell Rock. In the picture, it is the formation which appears to the right. This is not one of the major vortexes as it is not believed to be a main energy center, but the formation itself is interesting. From certain locations in Sedona, such as airport mesa, the summit of the butte looks like the silhouette of a human face staring upward.
A spirit animal or power animal is the spiritual energy of the animal on earth. The spirit animal is greater than the actual animal because it embodies the essence of that animal. It is the animal. It is not a human form of the animal or a human dressed as an animal, it is the animal spirit itself. For example with a spirit bear, it is the voice of all the bears that have ever lived. It is the shamanic bear. It is the bear that can see itself and speak. A spirit animal appears to the shaman as a vision. It is the voice of the wild, the voice of nature, the voice of the earth. This animal informs the shaman of the earth energy it holds. It gives the shaman power and protection. It is a helper that assists the shaman on the journey inward. No shaman would attempt an inner journey without the help of a power animal. The power animal conveys to the shaman and their people an energy they need to heal.
The easiest access to this vortex, driving only on paved road, 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 ($3 fee to enter). Drive as far into the park as possible, then walk to the creek. The strongest energy is believed to be where the creek is closest to Cathedral Rock. At this point, the spires of Cathedral Rock are hidden behind the cliffs on the other side of the creek. The energy at this vortex strengthens the feminine side.
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.
Bell Rock is 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. Locals believe that you don't have to do any climbing to feel the energy at this vortex. Notice the twisted Juniper trees all over Bell Rock. The energy at this vortex is very powerful and strengthens all three parts: the masculine side, the feminine side, and the balance.