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Sedona's Vortexes (Locations, History, and Science)

Geologic Feature
Cathedral Rock (Combination Area)

ADA Accessibility Notes

Only Red Rock Crossing is wheel chair accessible. The others sites have both short hike options as well as more intensive hikes or aspects. None are recommend for people with balance issues.

Each year Sedona is more and more known for "The Vortexes." What are they, where are they, and is there any science that explains them? The Vortexes are geographical/topographical sites on the Coconino National Forest that can enhance prayer, meditation, mind/body vitalization, stress reduction, healing hurts from your past, and outside-the-box creative thinking and problem solving.

Sedona's spiritual heritage actually goes back for millennia. The Spring 2015 Edition of the Visitor's Guide published by the Sedona Red Rock News, states that archeologists believe the Sinagua (native people of this area from 600 - 1400 A.D.) may have held Sedona as Sacred ground, because their ruins ring Sedona. It is felt that they lived on the outskirts and traveled into the red rock area for sacred ceremony. (The vivid colors red/orange and greens ARE physiologically and spiritually inspiring).

Also, according to the Red Rock News, "Starting in the 1960's word spread in the United States among spiritual seekers to visit Sedona's high energy meditation sites." In 1979 those locations were nicknamed "The Vortexes" and that shortened label has stuck. One of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce's recent slogans has been, "Isn't it ironic that the most beautiful place on earth is famous for what you can't see." The fundraising bike ride in Arizona for the MS Society has moved from Scottsdale to Sedona and is called, "Ride the Vortex."

The Vortexes are NOT electric or magnetic sites. There is no major electric or magnetic field difference at them. That labeling system was meant to be symbolic, NOT literal. The same is true of the masculne/feminine, and positive/negative labeling systems. It is more accurate and helpful to describe the Vortexes as Upflow or Inflow sites and match that to the topography and the type of prayer/meditation you seek.

Upflow Vortexes are associated with mountains, and mesa tops. They help your spirit soar for a higher perspective and greater oneness. Inflow Vortexes are associated with valleys, canyons, and caves.They help you go inward for introspective prayer/meditation and healing hurts from your past.

Even though they are not an electric or magnetic phenomena, there is a scientific explanation for the Vortexes. First is the topography. It alone affects you. The soaring vistas at Upflow areas expands your focus. Inflow locations help you tune out externals and go inward. Wind and water patterns also support those effects. It is NOT, however, scientifically accurate to claim that the Vortexes twist the Juniper trees and that the best spots are where the trees are the most twisted.

The latest in Super-Strings Physics and gravitational aspects can also add to the understanding of how/why Upflow and Inflow Vortexes (both in Sedona, around the world and in YOUR home areas) work. Those explanations are a major part of Scientific Vortex Information, my book, DVD, and EVERY Monday 1-2:30 p.m. presentation at the Los Abrigados Resort (160 Portal Lane, Sedona 86336). Call (928) 203-5353 to reserve your place for the $15 program. If you are not in Sedona on a Monday the book and/or DVD are available in Sedona bookstores, as an e-book, or thru

For ALL people visiting Sedona's Vortexes the most important things to know are: 1. Go with a purpose (have a reason for visiting a site and plan what you want to focus on), 2. Visit with a quiet reverence (respect other people meditating at the site), and 3. Leave the site as you found it (do not leave rock stacks or medicine wheels and pack out your trash).

In Scientific Vortex Information (book, DVD, and Talk) I provide directions to what I feel are Sedona's eight best sites (combination of high energy and easy access). The five most known sites are:

Bell Rock (Upflow - also called Electric, Masculine, or Positive Vortex)

Airport Mesa (Upflow - also called Electric, Masculine, or Positive Vortex)

Red Rock Crossing (Inflow - also called Magnetic, Feminine, or Negative Vortex)(Cathedral Rock visible in the background is a Combination site - also called Electromagnetic)

Boynton Canyon (Combination site - also called Electromagnetic)

Cathedral Rock (predominantly an Upflow Vortex)

For more information see the individual listings for the above areas.

Pet Friendly Notes

All the sites are open to service animals and leashed pets

Recreational Opportunities

ALL of the Vortexes listed above are readily accessible for individual contemplation and reflection. Guided visitation to the sites for lead spiritual activities and/or yoga require a Guide that has a Permit with the Red Rock Ranger District, as the sites are on the Coconino National Forest. Bell Rock, Cathedral, Rock, and Boyton Canyon require either the Red Rock Parking Pass or the Federal Interagency Land Pass (for National Parks).


Seasons Accessible

The Vortexes are accessible all year long. In the heat of Summer or the coldest parts of Winter it is advisable to bring a towel or blanket to sit on.



Red Rock Crossing (Crescent Moon Ranch Day Use Area is a separate fee are - $10/car or $2 for walk-in individual. All others NO fees, BUT all (except Airport Mesa Vortex) required the Red Rock or Federal Parking Pass

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