Sedona Vortex Sites

Features Editor, Awesome Sedona Villa

02 August 2016

Yes, you can visit Sedona’s famous Vortex sites. In addition to being recognized as one of the most beautiful places in America, Sedona is internationally known as a powerhouse of transformational energy. Generations of ancient Indians have regarded the Sedona area and Oak Creek Canyon as spiritual and sacred destinations. Since prehistoric times, countless cultures of indigenous tribes from as far north as Canada and as far south as Central America pilgrimaged to Sedona every year for sacred ceremonies. Even today, a handful of Native American tribes return to Oak Creek for an annual cleansing ritual.

While Sedona’s majestic red rocks are the cornerstone for much of the mystical aura that surges through the region, it is the famous Sedona Vortexes that are the most visited sites in the national forest. People come here searching for enlightenment, and want to experience a powerful setting for meditation and reflection. It is believed that the Sedona Vortexes bring about spiritual awakening, emotional balance, and holistic healing.

Bell Rock (left) is notable for the belief that it is a portal to other dimensions.

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The entire region is an international gathering place for the healing arts. Area practitioners include wellness therapists, psychic advisors, native and spiritual healers, intuitives and channelers. Many people travel to Sedona to feel spiritual renewal, inspiration, and a therapeutic cleansing of body and mind.

The term ‘vortex’ was initially used to describe Sedona’s spiraling energy centers in 1980 by trance medium Page Bryant.

She identified Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Airport Mesa and Boynton Canyon as Sedona’s primary vortexes. Boynton Canyon is considered to be the most powerful, largest, and most balanced of all four sites. Since then, three other areas of similar power have been identified within the region: Oak Creek Canyon, Schnebly Hill and Rachel’s Knoll.

The following directions to the main four vortex sites all start from “The Y”, which is the intersection of Highway 89A and Highway 179 in the center of Sedona.

Sedona Vortex Map

Boynton Canyon
Take 89A west from the Y. Drive 3.2 miles and turn right at Dry Creek Road. Take Dry Creek road 2.9 miles, and turn left at the fork in the road, to another fork 1.6 miles later. Turn right at this fork, and continue to a firebreak road. Park here off the road, and walk down the firebreak road. This takes you to Boynton Canyon, home of one of the largest vortexes.

Airport Mesa
Take 89A west from the Y. Drive 1.1 miles and turn left at Airport Road. Take Airport Road .4 of a mile, on the right side is a sign that reads “Rainbow Ray Focus”, and there is a pull-off on the right. The trail begins on your left, and a few rough trails lead from there to the hill. Over the hill, you will walk down to the vortex area.

Bell Rock
Take 179 south from the Y. Drive 5.1 miles. On your left-hand side is Bell Rock. This is perhaps the most famous, most photographed mountain in Sedona. Bell Rock is also notable for the belief that it is a portal to other dimensions. Trails are readily available, easy to find, and fairly easy to take.

Cathedral Rock
Take 179 south from the Y. Drive 7.2 miles, through the Village of Oak Creek, and turn right on Verde Valley School Road. Continue on for 3.2 more miles. Cathedral Rock is the formation to the right, and without a four-wheel drive vehicle, this is as close as you can get. The vortex energy emanates in a 500-yard radius around Cathedral Rock, and trails are readily available.

View from Bell Rock Vortex.

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