I first landed on the beautiful red rocks of Sedona as a kid on a family trip. I remember feeling a sense of wonder in how different this land felt compared to Pennsylvania where I grew up. It wasn't until years later, post college, that I landed back in this magical place and was, once again, mesmorized with its beauty. Otherworldy is the best description I can give of Sedona: it's a MUST for your travel list.
Each time I returned, for a various retreats and personal adaventures, I would think to myself "I'd love more time here." So when the idea to spend a month or two there came up for me in 2020, I decided to go for it. What I thought was going to be two months, turned into a 16 month adventure. Most people thought I had moved there, but it was actually my longest ever extended vacacation ;)
I'm sure I'll be inspired to share more from this journey soon, but for now I wanted to share my 4 favorite vortex hikes. The question I got asked the most frequetnly from tourists visiting Sedona on the trails was: "How do we get to the Vortex?" While there are certain Vortex Points that have more concentrated energy known to support spiritually, the truth is, the town is one giant Vortex. So know that wherever you end up, you're sure to soak up Sedona's Vortex Magic.
That being said, I definitely recommend checking out the Vortex Points that call to you - here are my 4 favorites (in no particular order- they are ALL amazing!) and a little bit about them:
Bell Rock: Living near this rocks energy was powerful, as it was my backyard view for much of my time in Sedona. This rock is known as an "Electric vortex" which is an energy that is described as more masculine, so it's a great place for feeling more grounded, gaining insights and visioning for your life. My favorite thing about Bell Rock is that you don't have to hike very far to get amazing views. This was my most frequently visited rock while in Sedona as the short hike was easy enough for my dog, and we got to soak in the amazing energy & views. (*NOTE* While short climbs are great, if you do want to go all the way to the top, send me a message and I'll connect you to a guide who takes groups to the top!)
Catherdral Rock: A top favorite, this hike is not to be missed! Catherdral rock is said to have more of a feminine energy, and the journey up this rock creates the perfect space for a deeper journey into the self, for relfection, and expansion/ visioning of your dreams. If you're up for it, I recommend going all the way to the top of this magnificent rock, as the climb is well worth the views. Bring your journal, water and some snacks as you'll want to bask in this beautiful energy for a while before hiking back down (the more challenging part- be pre-pared to crabwalk down the steep sections;)
Boyton Canyon: Every time my soul called me to this specail spot, magic unfolded. There is a sacredness in this canyon that can't put into words. The vortex energies here are said to be a mix of both masculine and feminine, bringing more balance and harmony. This vortex hike is unique in that much of the trails are tree lined, and it has more of a forrest feeling than the others, which I personally looooove.
Airport Loop/ Airport Mesa: If you have only one hike you can do in Sedona, and you want to see ALL of the major rock formations from a spectacular view point, this loop delivers. For the most part, the hike is moderate, but you do need to watch your feet with all of the rocks. Views, views, views! Don't forget your camera.
Red Rock Crossing: (bonus!) After living near the beaches of both Florida and California, I wasn't sure how I'd do in a desert climate. Because of this spot, with the most magical creek, it was so much easier than expected to be away from the ocean. Red Rock Crossing, also known as Crescent Moon Picnic area, offers the most beautiful views of Catherdral Rock, with easy hiking trails along wooded pathways surrounding the creek. This was a life saver in summer to be able to go swimming and cool off, but I loved spending time picnicing and playing in this park/ creek area year round! Local tip: stop by Local Juicery on your way, and grab an acai bowl to-go & enjoy it creekside :)
Reach out if you have any questions about these hikes or for insider Sedona tips- happy to help! Even after 16 months, there is SO much that I have yet to explore in Sedona, but these red rocks have forever left an imprint on my soul. I'll be back for sure.
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