Sedona wasn’t on the radar as a holiday destination when thinking about adding a bit of something different to an already planned trip to Vegas. Utah was becoming the first choice (which is also supposed to be beautiful) until Sedona was recommended to us as a ‘must visit’ with its spiritual and wellness highlights including energy vortexes, yoga and meditation centres, and amazing red rock scenery and walking trails.
All of the above enticed us to venture into a more relaxed part of our United States visit before we went on to the bright lights of the strip.
The Chamber of Commerce in Sedona were on hand even before we arrived to help us out with our driver and guide, Jeff, who welcomed us into Sedona with his bounty of knowledge and insights into the area, pointing out some of Sedona’s famous landmarks including Snoopy Rock, Oak Creek and Uptown.
We stayed in a beautiful split level one bed Airbnb which was big enough for the two of us and looked out onto awesome views of the red rock mountains that surround Sedona. It hosted a gorgeous outdoor shower, lots of outdoor space with water feature, BBQ and outdoor fire, along with all necessary amenities to allow us to cook for ourselves.
Weather wise, the best time to go to Sedona is supposedly between March and May. Our visit spanned 5 days over mid to late March, the temperature was mild but increased as the days went on, some winds made it a little chilly so I’d recommend taking a jumper or hoodie at least if attending at this time of year.
Once settled in our accomodation we took the recommended trail (from our Airbnb host, Braja) up to the Airport Vortex, which was ideally accessed a couple of minutes walk up from where we were staying.
According to Sedona Red Rock Tours
spiritual/energy vortexes are described as the following…
“Sedona spiritual vortexes are powerful and transformational energy centers that are located at specific sites throughout Sedona, Arizona. Vortexes are the intersections of natural electromagnetic earth energy, also known as ley lines.”
This was a good first challenge of a trail, about 30 minutes to the top where we found a space where we presumed the vortex was, and a small group of people on what seemed to be a guided vortex tour of some kind. The views of Sedona and it’s huge red rocks were breathtaking, they don’t look real, they look like sets from a western, of which we found out many were filmed here in years gone by. We did this trail three times during our time there as it was pretty much in our back yard. We found people doing yoga in the vortex the second day and on our third trip up we found some space to have ourselves a small meditation, followed by a continuation of further trails to higher peaks and more amazing scenery.
Other trails and walks included that of Oak Creek, Bell Rock and Adobe Jack, with many more options we could have explored if we had more time. This really is a place for hikers. We’re not walkers of any kind and we wasn’t expecting a walking holiday but Sedona is definitely inspiring us to get out into nature more and go exploring.
Whilst trailing around the peaks of Sedona it was hard to find any sign of tourist pollution… Not one bit of litter was seen, and we were told there is an uplight ban at night so the sky is left clear for the stars to shine bright. Sedona’s economy seems to rely solely on its tourist visits to its natural wonders and they are appearing to pull out all the stops to make this happen for now, and moving forwards into the future.
Whether you believe these areas are filtered with energy vortexes or not, Sedona offers a mix of natural delights that effortlessly bring you in to the present moment, helping you to access your deeper sense of self and connect with nature and the universe.