“Travel makes one modest, you can see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustave Flaubert
Sedona, Arizona, with splendid natural beauty and geological uniqueness, the town and area are both a mecca for the new-age crowd, who come from near and far to experience the supposed spiritual and metaphysical energy of the so called ‘Sedona vortexes’.
The Sedona vortexes are believed to be spiritual locations where the energy is right to facilitate prayer, mediation and healing. It is thought that they are locations having energy flow that exists on multiple dimensions, when the energy of the vortexes interacts with a person’s inner self.
We saw many such people who had obviously journeyed to Sedona to experience such phenomena. And although we didn’t experience any of these events ourselves, we did see lots of shops in town catering to such new-age gimmicks and selling every imaginable overpriced what-not to a backdrop of Native American flute music and tie-dyed art.
Of course, we walked through town, but spent the vast bulk of our time on the trails. Of particular interest was the Courthouse Butte Loop Trail, which was a great little diverse hike with lots of rock formations, flowering cacti and splendid vistas. The hike encompasses both the Courthouse Butte as well as Bell Rock and provides views of the Chapel of the Holy Cross in the distance.
Another interesting hike we completed was the Snoopy Loop. So named because of an interesting rock formation, which looks like the cartoon character Snoopy laying on his back. As with Courthouse Butte, this hike also provided lots of vistas, but little of the Vortex crowd.
The natural beauty of this part of the country, with the red rock, blue sky and arid air is magical in its own way, although I’m not so sure of the Vortex! I do suggest putting a stop in Sedona on your itinerary if you’re in the area, perhaps on your way to or fro the Grand Canyon.