The Magical Red Rocks of Sedona

By Brit Elders

Nestled along the banks of Oak Creek and walled by breathtaking panoramas, the city of Sedona could easily pass as only a scenic tourist attraction. This little town can keep you busy with Pink Jeep Tours, sight seeing, hiking, or shopping at the magnificent studios that are scattered through town. Five star resorts are common but some of the smaller out of the way places like Sky Ranch over vistas and quiet above the din of the town. And if you like the pampering of a good spa some of the best are in the area.


People stroll casually along the main streets peeking into the art galleries, curio shops and restaurants. If you are so inclined you can stop in at one of the many metaphysical shops and have you palm or cards read. 

The overall feeling of Sedona is laid back but there’s an undercurrent of energy.

The majestic beauty of the red rocks of Sedona is indeed spectacular. But it is not just the scenery that attracts thousands of visitors each year. In fact, the land around the city of Sedona holds two major attractions: a rich history as a sacred site and vortex energy.  Sedona


The original inhabitants considered the land sacred, as do many of the present day indigenous people in the area. Our ancestors understood the principals of the physics of the Earth and revered Earth energy, which they could feel and sense, as a gift from the Creator. The energy, the gift from the Creator, is what made the land sacred to them.
Ancient spiritual petroglyphs decorate the walls of caves and canyons, reminding the present day visitors that this is very old ritualistic land and should be respected as such.

Medicine Wheels, some authentic, some not, are sprinkled across sandstone mesas northeast of Sedona. These decorations, whether old or new, are symbolic of a desire for a connection to Creation and Nature. However, the symbolic decoration of the land is not the attaching bond to either Creation or Nature. In fact, the bond to the visible reality of Creation and Nature is found in the unseen... the energy.

Many of the people traveling to Sedona are drawn to the land because of its energy vortices or vortexes. Some people don't even know why they are there, until they experience this energy. A classic case of this unseen force can be found at Bell Rock, considered one of the major vortices in the area and an excellent example of an electromagnetic vortex. Easily accessible off of highway 179, just a few miles south of Sedona and north of Oak Creek Village, this magnificent red sandstone butte almost beckons people to it.

The vortex centers of Sedona, which include Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon, Long Canyon and Airport Mesa. 

The best and most scenic way to get to Sedona is from Flagstaff down 89A through Oak Creek Canyon. It’s a picturesque masterpiece on a twisty road that takes you through the canyon and delivers you at Sedona’s back door. Oak Creek Canyon is a perfect spot for a picnic or a dip in the cool waters of Slide Rock. The dense canopy of trees creates a perpetual dance of sunlight and shadow and the sound of the creek relaxes the mind and the spirit.

Whatever your reason for visiting the magical red rocks of Sedona, take a moment to commune with Nature; spend the afternoon in a delightful internal dialogue that includes you, Nature and Creation.

Dynamic Living Magazine Issue Vol. 3  May/June 2011 The End