Be sure to arrive early to beat the crowds and the heat. Whatever you want to experience, Sedona will definitely cleanse your mind, body and soul.
People are often curious on whether the vortexes in Arizona exist, or not. That is something for you to experience on your own and determine whether or not it is real or fake. However, to the Native Americans, these energy centers are very real and have powerful healing abilities.
The four best known Sedona vortexes are found at Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon.
Red Rock Crossing is one of the most popular visitation spots, and the most photographed, in Sedona, and for good reason. It's a mild walk along Oak Creek and features stunning views of Cathedral Rock. The walk is relatively flat and people enjoy picnics at the Crescent Moon Picnic Area (a Day Use Fee area). People choose to bathe in the creek where some hunt for the vortex in this area. Get down with the divine feminine with the feminine energy vortex in this area that ignites feelings of softness, receptivity and compassion.
For those seeking a "wilderness hike," start off by hiking Cathedral Rock from the Back-O-Beyond Road to hike one of the many trails. Some people go directly up, which involves mild climbing, up to the peaks to experience the vortex. Others head left to wrap around Cathedral Rock where others go right to get down to the creek. If wanting the vortex, follow the trails, signs and people toward the rock's steeples.
Beat the heat and start this journey early if hiking, or if wanting to experience the pools, the mild Oak Creek hike is bearable during daytime heat.
For directions on how to access Cathedral Rock and Red Rock Crossing, click here.
Everything in Sedona revolves around spirituality. Whether or not you believe in God and Jesus Christ, it is worth a visit to explore this desert architectural wonder. The chapel is part of the Roman Catholic Church. Completed in 1956, the ideas came from a local rancher and sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude decades earlier, but this idea never came to fruition because of the war. She wanted to build a church similar to the construction of the Empire State Building. Budapest was the ideal location where she got help with famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, but plans were aborted because of WWII.
The church is interesting indeed, where some are fascinated by it where others are a bit weirded out by the modern metal Jesus. There is an attached gift shop for souvenirs and is one of the top attractions in Sedona. Parking is limited so expect lines during peak visitation hours.
When driving into Sedona, drivers will pass various corporate shops and strip malls. This is not the main shopping / food district, which is located in the center of town nearby the visitors center.
No visitation to Sedona is complete without a massage, having your aura cleansed or consulting a psychic. You'll pass numerous small shops throughout your drive, but Sedona's Main Street features a variety of restaurants, cafes, and boutique souvenir shops.
If you're not one to go too far out of the box, get your aura photographed at Sedona's Mystical Bazaar. For $29, you'll get your auric field photographed along with 23 pages of interpretations to help you on your spiritual journey.
Be sure to visit Tlaquepaque, Sedona's exclusive arts and crafts village. This is another "architectural wonder" as the village replicates a traditional Mexican village, Tlaquepaque, meaning the "best of everything." Built in the 1970's, one escapes the feelings of being in the US and experiences some of the South of the Border lifestyle. Equipped with a church, social events and weddings also take place in the village.
Hillside Sedona is another hotspot for exclusive art or locally made Native American artworks and designs.
If you have time before leaving, walk the flat Bell Rock Pathway where many claim the vortex to be strong in this area. The flat path features stunning views of Bell Rock.
Although there is so much to do and see in Sedona, this itinerary balances the best of nature, history, architecture and the local flavor, which is part of Sedona's culture. A true artist and spiritual community, there is the opportunity to do much healing and self reflection while in Sedona, all inspired by the Native's spirit. Enjoy the land!
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