Sedona Vortex

Sedona Vortex
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Sedona Vortex Sites

Sedona welcomes over 3 million visitors each year who come to experience a Sedona Vortex, view awe inspiring Red Rocks, and experience the abundance of natural beauty and spiritual energy that Sedona has to offer. delivers all the Sedona Vortex information you need to find and experience any of the 8 Sedona Vortex locations! We provide general vortex information, location, vortex maps, parking info, and more.

We are always asked: What is a Sedona Vortex? Our answer is simply, A Sedona Vortex is a place in nature where the earth is exceptionally alive with energy.  Sedona features many vortex sites where the earth energy swirls and draws to it’s center everything that surrounds it like a tornado. These magical Sedona Vortex sites, will often call out to you through your intuition if you’re open to the energy. You may also notice the trees near vortex sites often exhibit swirling or twisting of their trunks. Some say it is due the powerful vortex energy at the core of a Sedona Vortex. Some say, they just grow that way. You be the judge.

Before you go and seek out Sedona’s Vortex for the Day or throughout your vacation we always recommend that you visit the Red Rock Ranger District Visitor Center.  This is where you can buy your Red Rock Pass and get all the information and advice you need from Sedona Experts.  Last time we were there, we got the inside tip to avoid road construction on our way to hike Devils Bridge which saved us a TON of time.  As for the Parking pass, it will allow you to park at any recreation area.  There are Daily, Weekly and Annual Passes

Prices for the Red Rock Pass:

  • Daily Parking Pass: $5
  • Weekly Parking Pass: $15
  • Annual Parking Pass: $20
    (Prices subject to change without notice)

Red Rock Pass Tip: Make sure to have it hanging from your rear view mirror where the date is visible or where it is easily seen on your dash.

Is each Sedona Vortex different?

Yes, Sedona vortexes are all different.  Some vortex energies flow up, some flow down, and some are more masculine while others are more feminine. Generally Page Bryant is credited with coining the term vortex to explain the phenomenon people were experiencing in these places.  It certainly sounds better than Sedona Electromagnetic places. As for what you may feel when visiting a Sedona Vortex, that depends on which vortex you visit.  Generally speaking the upflow vortexes such as spires, mountains and vistas deliver positive energy to uplift you and give you a sense of joy and rejuvenation.  It’s like getting plugged into the universe and its harmony.  Inflow vortexes are located in valleys and canyons and deliver energy that feels more introspective possibly connecting you to past/lost memories or past lives.  Many find healing and the ability to overcome from inflow vortexes. Many people also experience flashes of who they were in a past life and this can be a powerful connection which can lead to healing and understanding.

How can I find a Sedona Vortex?

When visiting a Sedona vortex, we recommend that you treat each vortex visit as YOUR OWN journey.  You may be with a group, but to experience vortex energy you need to tune into the energy for yourself. Before starting your hike, take a minute to take a few deep breaths to calm yourself ad settle your mind. This will let you tune into the Sedona Vortex energy. Many have done this and found vortex sites without any directions because the energy just called to them. You may be with a group, but your experience will be your won. Sedona is a magical, natural wonder, and there is no wrong way to experience the beauty of Sedona.

Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep

Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep

Explore the magic and mysticism of natural vortexes on this small-group tour departing from Sedona. Traveling the region by Jeep, you’ll visit several vortex sites around town and learn about their history, all with the help of an informative guide. Whether you feel the energy on your skin or experience a feeling of enlightenment, find out for yourself the powers of a vortex. Keep things simple with this small-group tour, limited to 10 people for a more intimate experience.
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Find the 4 Main Sedona Vortex sites with our interactive PDF guide that includes information on all 4 Sedona Vortexes as well as links to interactive maps that you can use on your computer or mobile device.

  • Boynton Canyon Vortex
  • Airport Mesa Vortex
  • Bell Rock Vortex
  • Cathedral Rock Vortex

Airport Mesa Vortex

Airport Mesa Vortex is one of the most visited Sedona vortex sites because of its proximity to the center of town. Plus it is very accessible. To get to the top it does involve some vertical hiking and it is not for everyone, but the views from the top are stupendous in all directions. You will see fine examples of twisted trees (See pictures above) and many people claim to see colored orbs. This is truly one of Sedona’s energy centers and will give you the vortex experience you are looking for. However, one of the prices you pay by visiting this vortex is that it is very popular and you are seldom able to be alone especially on the weekends. If you get to Airport Mesa early in the morning at sunrise, the crowds are far less. There are several random trails blazed by people walking every which way as hikers cross the area. To follow the best maintained trail, turn left about 200 feet from the parking lot at the market sign and follow the trail leading to the “Overlook”. The trail is short, but somewhat steep so watch your step. Wearing Hiking boots or tennis shoes is recommended. But we have seen all types of footwear at the top including high heels… but leave those in the closet!

Airport Mesa Vortex Directions:
To get to Airport Mesa Vortex – From the “Y” travel West (Away from Uptown) via Highway 89A for 1.1 miles. Turn left onto Airport Mesa Rd and follow it for about 1/2 of a mile. When you see the parking area on the left, find a spot and enter the trail head.

Bell Rock Vortex

You can’t go wrong visiting Bell Rock Vortex because all of Bell Rock is considered to be very powerful and full of vortex energy. There are different ways to go about experiencing this vortex and there are many paths to take once you park. Parking is important here and we suggest you park in the North Bell Rock parking area (Directions and map below) because if you park in the south lot, you will need to hike 1 mile north because the South side of Bell Rock is too steep to hike or climb safely. Once you park in the North lot hike past the sign board and head to Bell Rock Trail. Follow it about 1/10th of a mile or so where it will intersect with Courthouse Butte Loop Trail. You can either continue on Bell Rock Trail to explore the NE area of Bell Rock or turn right and follow Courthouse Butte Loop for 500ft or so to a sign post on your left. Turn Left here and begin climbing up towards Bell Rock. Be sure to count the rock cairns and between the 10th and 11th cairn turn right and head towards the large flat rock shelf and you will see where you start to climb to Meditation Perch. It takes some doing to get there but the climb is worth the effort. This is an energy rich place. Unless you are on an Athletic Adventure, pay no attention to the other people climbing higher on Bell Rock. The energy is no better higher up on Bell Rock than at lower levels. The only difference is the energy you exude and the danger you may face because of lack of experience. Be safe!! Before entering a trail head, find a quiet spot and close your eyes and ask for guidance to find where you’re supposed to go, and you will end up in the most beautiful place full of energy. If you tune into Bell Rock’s energy it will guide you FAR BETTER than any directions we can give you. Trust what you feel, your heart will always guide you to the right place.

Bell Rock Vortex Directions:
To get to Bell Rock Vortex from the “Y” head South on State Rte 179. Take 179 for about 5 miles to the to the Scenic View Sign which is North Bell Rock Parking lot. The map below will show all you need to know. Use the zoom features to browse what trail you want to take.

Boynton Canyon Vortex

People really enjoy Boynton Canyon Vortex and it is one of the few vortexes you can reach out and touch. It’s located just over one half of a mile from the Boynton Canyon parking area and very easy to enjoy. Many claim that there are actually two vortexes in Boynton Canyon. One is a tall red rock formation off to the east known as Kachina Woman and the other is an unnamed red rock formation off to the west. Many people believe these two actually form one vortex but because of the claims that people often feel energy at one and not the other it is up for debate. We believe that once you experience the energy at one of these spots, you are already on frequency with that energy and may not feel anything different when you visit the other spot. You can also choose to hike around the Enchantment Resort and off deeper into the canyon where there are many areas where people have built energy circles and built rock cairns in secluded areas. This entire canyon is an amazing place and offers something for everyone.

Boynton Canyon Vortex Directions:
As usual… from the “Y” roundabout head west on State Route 89A. for about 3 miles to Dry Creek Rd (This is a traffic Signal). Turn right (north). This will turn into Boynton Pass Rd. Stay on Boynton Pass Rd until it ends. Turn Right onto Boynton Canyon Rd and the parking area and trail head is about one-tenth of a mile on the right. If you get to the gate of enchantment Resort, you went to far.

Cathedral Rock Vortex

With so many scenic and energetic places in Sedona, Cathedral Rock Vortex stands out as one of the most scenic and most energetic places in Sedona! To feel the most power at Cathedral Rock, you must get to the Saddle of Cathedral Rock. But this is one of the most strenuous hikes and a dangerous/steep climb that is NOT FOR EVERYBODY! The hike/climb to the saddle is only 3/4 of a mile long but rises over 650 feet in elevation over the 3/4 of a mile. Only the fittest and experienced hikers wearing the proper gear should even attempt to get to the saddle. For those of you who want to experience Cathedral Rock Vortex and not risk the Saddle Hike, then take the Templeton Trail to Oak Creek. Once you reach the creek look for the Buddha Beach which is a flat area where visitors have built hundreds of Rock Cairns. We suggest you find a comfortable and relax to take in all the beauty of this magical place. Guides say this is also a Vortex area and is certainly much safer than the hike to Cathedral Rock’s Saddle area.

Directions to Cathedral Rock Vortex:
These directions are a little more complex. There are two trailhead parking lots off of Back’O’Beyond Road, however, there will is no parking allowed at those lots Thursday through Sunday. During this time, the trailhead is only accessible via the Sedona Shuttle service. Hikers are asked to leave their car at the park & ride lot located at 1294 SR 179 and use the Sedona Shuttle to access the trailhead. Schedule information for the free shuttle service and the free park and ride location can be found at

Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Directions to Chapel of the Holy Cross Vortex:
From the “Y” intersection in Sedona, head South on State Rte. 179 until you reach Chapel Road. Turn left and follow the road up to the parking lot of the Chapel. There is plenty of parking, but during busy times, parking can can be hard to find.

Schnebly Hill Vortex

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Directions to Schnebly Hill Vortex:
From the “Y” intersection in Sedona, head South on State Rte. 179 and turn left onto Schnebly Hill Road. The road turns to dirt after about a mile. Continue up the road for about 6 miles until you reach the vista at the top of the hill. Park where you can. 4×4 vehicles are recommended.

Courthouse Butte Vortex

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Directions to Courthouse Butte Vortex:
For the South Trailhead, from the “Y” intersection in Sedona, head South on State Rte. 179 for 6.5 miles to a left turn lane marked for Bell Rock Vista, milepost 307.1 for the south trailhead.

For the North Trailhead, from the “Y” intersection in Sedona, head south on State Rte. 179 for 5.2 miles to a left turn lane marked for Courthouse Vista, milepost 308.2. Turn left, then across the northbound lane to the trailhead on the east side of the road.

Rachel’s Knoll Vortex

This is the flattest & shortest walk to experience a Sedona Vortex. Rachel’s Knoll delivers beautiful views and an accessible path for those with difficulty hiking.

Directions to Rachel’s Knoll Vortex:
From the “Y” intersection in Sedona, head West on State Rte. 89A for 3.8 miles. Turn right on Dry Creek Road for 3.0 miles; turn right on Long Canyon Road to the entrance to the Seven Canyons Golf Club. When you reach the guard gate, tell them you are going to Rachel’s Knoll. They will give you a map and usher you through. Drive to the top for the small parking lot.


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