Sedona, Arizona

“Travel makes one modest, you can see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” -Gustave Flaubert

sedona2 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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27 thoughts on “Sedona, Arizona

    1. We didn’t do a multi-day hike in Sedona, but generally we carry our water and also take along purification tabs and/or a pump. But you’re right, with water a scarcity in parts like that, carrying water is essential, but also a burden!

  1. Arizona is definitely on my “to hike” list. I can’t wait to make it out there, one day. Great photos! 🙂 I’ve always loved the look of mesas.

  2. Looking at these pictures brings back wonderful warm memories (perfect on this cold day) of our family trip out there a few years ago. For those who fly into the area and cannot pack the gear, I highly recommend checking out Reg Agave (Resort) – great Chalets to rent out with space for all and kitchens and grills.

  3. Sedona is beautiful! I made a stop there on a road trip from California to Maine and have always wanted to go back. Or move there 🙂 Nice pictures!

  4. We went to Sedona a couple of years ago in October and absolutely fell in love. After a few hikes the husband asked where all of the vortexes were. I told him we had already hiked to, through or around three of them. We obviously didn’t get it. 🙂

  5. This looks so amazing ! I bet you had an amazing time. I will definitely add Arizona to my travel bucket list ! What else did you do there ?

  6. Thank you for suggesting a stop-over in Sedona in our itinerary if perhaps we will be planning a hiking trip along the way to the state of Arizona.

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