Sedona Arizona Vortexes


Devil's Bridge

There are several energy centers, or vortexes of subtle energy, located in the Sedona area. (In Sedona, the energy centers are referred to as vortexes rather than vortices.) The energy from these vortexes saturates the whole area in and around Sedona, and can be noticed in a subtle but general way anywhere around town. If you actually go to one of the vortex sites, which is where the energy is strongest, it can be a very uplifting experience. The energy you take in at one of these energy centers can stay with you and affect you positively for days afterwards.

In addition to being a beautiful and serene place, Sedona has long been known as a spiritual power center. This is because the power that emanates from the vortexes produces some of the most remarkable energy on the planet. This energy is the reason Sedona is full of people that are "on the path", that is, people who have made a commitment to grow and become as much as they can spiritually. It is also the reason that such a large New Age community has sprung up in the Sedona area, bringing with it a variety of spiritual practices and alternative healing modalities, and it is the reason Sedona has sometimes been called a spiritual Disneyland. If you are at all sensitive to the more subtle things, the experience of standing at one of these vortexes, and letting the energy flow into you and through you, can be almost overwhelming. People come from all over the world to experience this.

Twisting treeThe vortexes in Sedona are swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth. The vortex energy is not exactly electricity or magnetism, although it does leave a slight measurable residual magnetism in the places where it is strongest.

There are four main energy vortexes in Sedona. The subtle energy that exists at these locations interacts with who a person is inside. The energy resonates with and strengthens the Inner Being of each person that comes within about a quarter to a half mile of it. This resonance happens because the vortex energy is very similar to the subtle energy operating in the energy centers inside each person. If you are at all a sensitive person, it is easy to feel the energy at these vortexes.

Juniper trees respond to the vortex energy in a physical way that reveals where this energy is strongest. The stronger the energy, the more of an axial twist the Juniper trees have in their branches. Instead of going straight down the branch, the lines of growth follow a slow helical spiral along the length of the branch. This spiraling effect can sometimes even bend the branch itself.


Airport Vortex (Masculine)


Airport Vortex

Looking Down from Airport Vortex


From the junction of Hwys 179 and 89A, go 1.1 mile west on 89A and turn left on Airport Rd. Go .5 mile up Airport Rd. to the parking area on the left. Walk up the trail to the saddle between the hills, where the Juniper trees are very twisted. You may also want to walk up to the top of the small hill on the left. From this vantage point you can see most of Sedona. The energy at this vortex strengthens the masculine side.

From the junction of Hwys 179 and 89A, go 1.1 mile west on 89A and turn left on Airport Rd. Go .5 mile up Airport Rd. to the parking area on the left. Walk up the trail to the saddle between the hills, where the Juniper trees are very twisted.

You may also want to walk up to the top of the small hill on the left. From this vantage point you can see most of Sedona as you can see in the picture of Yesenia below. The energy at this vortex strengthens the masculine side.

Yesenia at Sedona

Yesenia sitting on a twister Juniper on top of the Airport Vortex

The Masculine Side can be seen as being on a scale that has strength at the high end and weakness at the low end. People who have a strong masculine side are self-confident. They have the internal strength to take charge of their own lives, and to claim their rights in life. This makes them good at standing up to people who try to take away their rights by force, intimidation or manipulation. Having a strong masculine side means being good at taking risks when appropriate, being decisive when necessary, and being able to focus or concentrate in order to get things done. It also means being good at figuring out how to get out of life what is desired; figuring out how to operate responsibly, and how to reason without distorting reality. Conversely, people who have a weak masculine side often doubt their abilities, and many things intimidate them.


Cathedral Rock Vortex (Feminine)


Cathedral Rock

The Feminine Side can be viewed as being on a scale that has goodness at the high end, and the opposite, which is badness or evil, at the low end. In contrast to the masculine side, which strengthens the ability to stand up for your own rights, the feminine side strengthens the ability to allow others their rights and not interfere with those rights. The energy at this vortex strengthens the things you normally think of as feminine, such as kindness, compassion, patience, and the ability to let others need you and depend on you. And it strengthens the ability to anticipate the impact of your actions before you act, which is what considerateness is all about.

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 ($8 fee to enter). Drive as far into the park as possible, then walk to the creek. As you walk east along the creek toward Cathedral Rock, you will feel the energy getting stronger. The strongest energy is 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.

Hiking up the trail is tons of fun and the energy is very strong among the entire, huge, complex, rock formation. There is a twisted Juniper forest when you are close to reaching the top. It's very magical. First we recommend entering through Crescent Moon Park and parking. After that, take off your shoes and walk carefully over the tiny creek that is shown in the picture above. Don't worry, it's not that cold!

After that you can begin your adventure to the top. You start by walking through a forest alognside the creekbed and then it's up, up, UP! This will take you 3-4 hours to accomplish so bring snacks and give yourself enoguh daylight. There are several alternative routes but they all lead to the same place. And the view is better and higher than anywhere else in Sedona. And for you Full Moon enthusiasts, the locals are known to have Full Moon cermonies on top of Cathedral Rock. So enjoy!

Cathedral Rock Top

Up Top Looking Out

Boynton Canyon Vortex

Kachina Woman and Knoll

From the junction of Hwys. 179 and 89A, drive 3.2 miles west on 89A and turn right on Dry Creek Rd. Follow the signs for Boynton Canyon (this takes you along Dry Creek Road 2.9 miles to a "T" intersection where you turn left, then another 1.7 miles to another "T" where you turn right, then 0.1 mile to a parking area on the right). If you end up at the entrance to Enchantment Resort, turn around and go back 0.3 mile to the parking area. From the parking area, enter Boynton Canyon Trail. Go 250 yards, then take the left fork to stay on Boynton Canyon Trail. Go another 400 yards to the "Vista Trail" sign. Take the right fork and follow the Vista Trail up the hill. Follow the cairns (red rock trail markers in wire barrels) along this trail, and soon you arrive at a 30 foot high knoll. The energy is strongest around this knoll. Notice the very twisted Juniper trees all around this trail. The energy at this vortex strengthens the masculine/feminine or yin/yang balance.


People Climbing the Knoll

The Balance between the masculine and feminine side is almost as important as growth itself. Even a less evolved person, if he is balanced, at least treats others the same way he treats himself. And that is what balance is all about. If the masculine side strongly outweighs the feminine, you are too strong for the amount of goodness you have, and you tend to do harm to others because you can be pushy and take unfair advantage of others. On the other hand, if the feminine side greatly outweighs the masculine, you have more goodness than strength, and you tend to let others push you around and take advantage of you. Emotions are a good indication of this balance. If you feel

Katchina Woman
anger more easily than fear, your masculine side is stronger, and if the opposite is true, your feminine side is stronger. Having a good masculine/feminine balance also helps relationships by strengthening the things that make relationships work well, such as intimacy, commitment, honesty and openness. The picture to the right is what the Katchina Woman looks like while standing on the Knoll.






Bell Rock Vortex

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. 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.



Other Fun Spots...


Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge

From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), drive towards Cottonwood 3 miles. Turn right on to Dry Creek Road. Stay on Dry Creek for 3 miles and turn right on FR 152. Proceed for 1.3 miles to the parking area on your right. FR 152 is some pretty rough terrain. We were fortunate enough to have a SUV with high clearance to get to this point. If you are trying to reach this destination in a coupe, just park at the beginning of the road, and walk it. It is likely you will damage your car in some way. After you finally reach the train you have a short hike up to Devil's Bridge. The hike up is only for about a mile or so and it's pretty easy if you are an avid hiker. If not, it's still not bad. I've say it's about average to the average person. At one point you will have a choice to walk down to the left or up to the right, first choose right and make your way to the trail alongside the bridge.

Once you get a little ways up, you are directly across from the awesomely unique, Devil's Bridge. From that view it is a little intimidating. You need to walk along the path that is parallel to it from where the above picture is taken, and then enter the bridge walkway. The closer you get to it the less intimidating it looks. A frequent rock climber would say that a sheerness of a cliff isn't so bad once you get your face against the rock. Well the same applies to getting your feet underneath Devil's Bridge. Once you're standing there, it's no longer intimidating.

Devil's Bridge entrance

On your way back you can take a right down the path and go underneath Devil's Bridge and get a very different look at this beast. You can walk directly underneath it. See? It's not so scary!

Under Devil's Bridge


Sedona Vortex info courtesy of John and Micki's Metaphysical Site