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VIEW OF SEDONA FROM TOP OF AIRPORT MESA
AIRPORT MESA VORTEX is an electric/masculine vortex. It has been described as inspiring and uplifting. The broader energy pattern of this vortex is said to cover the general area of the three hills alongside the eastern side of Airport Road. A good place to start is the hill just above the parking area. Another popular path is to follow the trail to the left of both this hill and the one to its left, to sit and meditate on the opposite side of the ravine, where the energy is said to be strongest.
Directions: On Highway 89A, travel 1 mile west from the “Y” (junction of 89A & 179) and turn left on Airport Road. Travel for a half-mile and pull into the small dirt parking area on the left hand side of airport road.
BELL ROCK VORTEX VIEW FROM TRAIL
BELL ROCK VORTEX is a considered a masculine vortex; which emits an ‘electric’ energy. Reports of feeling uplifted and energized are common, as well as people claiming to feel skin sensitivity or feeling a mild pressure on the body. There are small parking areas off Hwy 179 approximately 5 miles south of the “Y” that lead up the side of Bell Rock. Many people climb partway up the formation without too much difficulty by following the many shelves of rocks at this spot. You can also drive another mile south and pull into the Bell Rock Pathway and hike about ¾ of a mile north on the trail running between 179 and the base of bell rock and meander up vertically at this same spot. This trailhead, also winds around the base of Courthouse Butte.
VIEW FROM A TRAIL NEAR BOYNTON CANYON
BOYNTON CANYON VORTEX covers a large area and has been called an electromagnetic vortex; which means it has both masculine and feminine qualities. It has a peaceful sacred energy throughout the canyon area and contains ancient Native American ruins. The Boynton Canyon trail and the Boynton Canyon Vista trail begin at the same trailhead. The Visa Trail is approximately 1/3 of a mile long and goes to the right and up and around the back of a red rock formation with two spires at the top. If you take this trail, look for these two spires and relax in the saddle between, for a nice meditative energy. The Boynton Canyon Trail runs for over three miles and leads into Long Canyon.
Directions: Travel west from the “Y” (junction of 89A & 179) for 3.2 miles and turn right on Dry Creek Road. Drive for 2.9 miles on Dry Creek Road, and make a left at the “T’ intersection onto Boynton Pass Road. After another 1.6 miles, make a right at the next “T” and drive for another few tenths of a mile to enter parking lot on the right.
CATHEDRAL ROCK VORTEX is considered a magnetic/feminine vortex which is both expanding and soothing, helping to create a relaxed feeling throughout the body and mind. The climb to the top, where the saddle offers a terrific view, is a bit difficult at times. This red rock formation is one of the most photographed to represent the Sedona area.
Directions: Travel South from the “Y” for 3.3 miles and turn right onto Back O’ Beyond Rd. Pull off for parking at trailhead in on the left side of the road.
Another popular experience is to approach Cathedral Rock near Red Rock Crossing to enjoy Oak Creek. Directions: Travel west from the “Y” for 4.3 miles and turn left at the traffic light onto Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. Make another left 1.8 miles later onto Chavez Ranch Road. Bear right when the paved road Go about a .4 mile and go to the right, following the paved road for another half-mile before entering Red Rock Crossing Park on your left. Cathedral Rock is on the opposite side of Oak Creek. Red Rock Crossing Park (Crescent Moon Park) entrance fee is $7.00 per car
NOTE: For the sake of brevity, all directions are from the intersection of Highway 89A & Hwy 179 which has been changed into a set of traffic circles (roundabouts). Please use your turn signals to let others know if you are going left or right after entering the circle.
Some facts about Sedona:
– The Sun shines about 300 days a year, which is more than most places!
– Sedona is centrally located by most of the National Parks in Arizona.
– Sedona has a more Mountainous countryside than Switzerland!
– Sedona is adjacent to the largest stand of Ponderosa Pines in the world.
Sedona is known around the world as a spiritual energy center and as a powerful place for undergoing profound personal transformations and mystical awakenings. Ancient Native Americans have always believed the Sedona area was a sacred land. A high percentage of the visitors, and many of its residents, have come for spiritual reasons. They take leisurely hikes in the natural healing atmosphere of the red rocks, meditate at the energy vortexes, attend classes and workshops, seek personal psychic and spiritual counseling and visit the metaphysical centers, New Age bookstores and shops throughout the area.
In 2003, I was asked to create an independent company to be a Sedona Chamber of Commerce affinity group to help represent the metaphysical community in Sedona and the surrounding area. In 2004 a group of Sedona professionals co-founded the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association [ http://sedonaspiritual.com ]. After serving as President for the first five years, I am now on the Executive Committee as the Marketing Director. The Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association and its members strive to provide the highest standards of integrity, ethics, professionalism, confidentiality and non-discriminatory practices. All members have signed our pledge of integrity.
Sedona’s resorts, retreats and training centers are host to some of the biggest names in the human potential and higher consciousness fields. Sedona is also famous for its many professional resident healers, counselors and teachers who offer spiritual and metaphysical techniques and guidance.
Sedona is also famous as an artist’s community, being among the country’s top five art destinations. Dozens of galleries display the paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, jewelry, and other unique artwork of world-renowned artists.
The area has been the setting for over 60 movies since the 1920’s and continues to attract movie and television projects.
Accommodations range from a quaint bread and breakfast, time-shares, and home rentals to world-class hotels and resorts. And there is swimming, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking for outdoor enthusiasts.
Sedona’s altitude contributes to its four mild seasons. It has breathtaking photo opportunities as the sun rises over the Mogollon Rim, a backdrop of crisp blue daytime skies, magnificent sunsets and clear starry nights. Its high desert environment is enhanced by the combination of a large variety of desert plants, the beautiful red rock soil and the many varieties of evergreens. Its lush green appearance is partly due to the ample ground water supply as well as the water running through Oak Creek and West Fork. Sedona receives approximately 14 inches of rain and averages over 300 days of sunshine each year. The average annual snowfall is only 8 inches, and it usually melts the next day or so, yet remains atop the higher red rock formations surrounding the town a little longer creating a picturesque effect. Fall and spring usually have highs in the 70’s. The winter lows are usually in the 40’s and it is not unusual to see people in light shirts or Tee shirts by the afternoon on many winter days. (Link: weather)
This area of beauty and majesty was created over 350 million years. Its about 5000 feet above sea level high and 150,000 square miles wide called the “Colorado Plateau.” There are 3 main beautiful formations: Schnebly Hill, Hermit and Supai. The Supai Formation was named after the Havasupai Indians and is the softer, pale-pink to reddish-brown sandstone. Sedona’s unusual and distinctive scarlet color comes for the red iron-oxide stain that formed when flood plain deposits of iron minerals mixed with oxygen. Faulting helped form the Majestic Canyons, via the creek waters breaking through the lava cap.
Although Mountain Lions, Black Bears and Bobcats generally stay in more remote areas or up in the higher elevations. It is not unusual to see an array of animals as you drive the more residential areas of town such as; Javelina, Coyote, Road Runners, Rabbits, Quail, and a wide variety of birds – including humming birds.
Sedona was first populated around the year 8000 BC by a group called the Elephant Hunters. These prehistoric men came from a land bridge that connected at that time North America and Asia. The original Sedona was not the dry desert air of today, but tropical and moist. As the air changed to the drier environment of today as the larger prehistoric mammals started to die off, the Elephant Hunters had to start hunting smaller animals and became early farmers.
Around 700 AD, the Hohokam tribe moved into the area and introduced the new form of farming by using irrigation. The tribe was able to produce corn, beans and squash. A little later another group moved in to the Sedona area, and were called the Sinaguan tribe, meaning “without water.” They did not use irrigation in their farming and used rainfall as the sole source of water for their crops. They left the area temporarily in 1064 AD due to a large volcanic eruption that later became known as the “Sunset Crater.” The volcanic ash made the earth extremely rich, bringing back not only the Singuan tribe but the Anasazi as well. In addition, the Anasazis were also known as the “ancient ones.” These Ancient Ones were extremely sophisticated and knew how to construct and build multi-level dwellings and they instructed the Singuans to build them too. These “pueblos” standing today are extremely impressive with the entrances to each living area purposefully constructed with low doorframes, which protected the families dwelling within. They were constructed this way so any one walking in had to bend down and any intruder could be easily clubbed. In addition they helped to maintaining temperature control. Then the strangest thing of all happened around 1300! At of nowhere, with cobs of corn roasting on the fire, the people of this area disappeared. It is still a great mystery today!
The promise of gold and silver brought the white man to the area of Sedona around 1583 and in the 1800’s more pioneers, prospectors and trappers began to arrive and co-exist with the Yavapai and Apache Indians. The years went by and more people arrived in the area the more the tensions grew between the Indians and the White men. Indian attacks accelerated, so the Army began sending troops in to subdue the attacks. In 1872 General George Crook ended the hostilities and the land that was promised to the Indians, was taken and they were driven from the area in the infamous “march of Tears,” to the San Carlos Reservations. Hundreds of Indians died during this journey. After this people started to settle on a more constant basis in the Sedona area.
Ancient Rock art is the beginning of the long history of Art in Sedona. They can be viewed in the many Indian ruins where petroglyphs and pictographs are etched into the red rock. From this beginning, Sedona is now the home of 47 art galleries, where over 400 world-renowned and local artists live and work side by side. There are also many authors, actors and others of creative spirits living in the area and this red rock area continues to attract artistic talent to the area every day. This area is also the home of the Sedona Gallery Association that enhances and maintains Sedona’s reputation as a prestigious center for the arts and to promote Sedona as an area to enjoy and purchase fine art.
NOTE: There have also been dozens of television episodes, mini-series location shootings, commercials and music videos filmed in the Sedona area over the years. And it continues on. It is also a favorite spot for still photography for in-print commercials, magazine spreads, and both professional and amateur photographers.
Robert Taylor in "Billy the Kid" 1941