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Sunsets and spirituality in Sedona

Sedona in Arizona, USA

Among the macho Wild West-style towns of the southwest USA, Sedona in Arizona attracts a more New Age crowd. The town has embraced its alternative side with a host of crystal shops, psychics, alternative therapists and vortex tours. And it’s the vortexes that surround Sedona which have given the town its spiritual reputation. Found in among the red rocks around town, vortexes are supposed to be sacred spots, where energy flows radiate the Earth’s power and you feel heightened spiritual and emotional awareness. Even before the vortexes were discovered the area was a spiritual site to the Native Americans who lived here.

Sunset over Sedona, Arizona, USA

The sun setting over Sedona

I have to admit to being a bit skeptical when it comes to this kind of New Age stuff. But the vortex sites have the bonus of being surrounded by some stunning red rock scenery, so even if you you’re not feeling anything spiritual then they’re still beautiful places to visit. We were staying up on the hill at Airport Mesa, the closest vortex site to town. As the sun started to go down, the red rocks started to glow in the light. Sat on our hotel terrace with a glass of wine while we watched the colour of the sky change probably wasn’t the spiritual vortex-related moment the New Agers might have been imagining, but it was one of the most peaceful and relaxing parts of my whole journey around the southwest.

View from Airport Mesa, Sedona, Arizona, USA

Views of Sedona from the Airport Mesa vortex site

Away from the vortexes, the landscape around Sedona also has plenty of of mountain biking and hiking routes that take you up close to the rock formations that surround the town, like Cathedral Rock, Bear Mountain, Bell Rock and Courthouse Rock. Or if that’s too energetic then there are a couple of scenic drives too. The first runs to the north of town and takes you through Oak Creek Canyon, where the road zig-zags up the steep sides of the canyon surrounded by pine trees. The other is the Red Rock Loop which takes you up into the terracotta-coloured hills around Sedona for great views of the rock formations.

View from Oak Creek Vista, Sedona, Arizona, USA

Cacti at the Oak Creek Vista viewpoint

Back in town, Sedona has also developed a thriving artistic community alongside its spiritual side. There are over 100 galleries and artists’ studios here as well as film, art and jazz festivals each year. Although there’s still a small-town feel to the place, the huge four million visitors that come here every year mean that it’s got a big selection of boutiques, spas and restaurants. You can eat anything from fine dining with seasonal local produce to Mexican specalities and you’re within easy reach of the surrounding Verde Valley wine region. So whether your spiritual home can be found at a vortex, on a hiking path or in a great meal or a glass of local white, you should be able to find it in Sedona.

Wine tasting in Sedona, Arizona, USA

Sampling local wine at Tasting Arizona and views on the Red Rock Loop

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  1. Loved Sedona, though it had grown tremendously from when we first went about ten years ago.
    Can strongly recommend the Pink Jeep company tours which take you right out into areas you’d never dare take a hire car, or even your own, with very knowledgable drivers. We thought they were expensive at first, but someone else said they were good,and they were.

    August 1, 2013
    • I’ve heard really good things about the Pink Jeep tours, we only had a couple of nights this time but would like to go back and see a bit more of the area sometime, the wine region in particular!

      August 5, 2013
  2. Reblogged this on One Black T-Shirt.

    August 1, 2013
  3. A glass of wine and a gorgeous sunset definitely suits my sense of spirituality better than a vortex, too 🙂 Beautiful post!

    August 1, 2013
    • Thanks Lauren, it was such a relaxing and chilled out place to end a road trip.

      August 5, 2013
  4. I took my mother and my daughter to Sedona 4 years ago and we found there was something for everyone. Just loved it and would go back any time.

    August 2, 2013
    • Me too – I’d like to go back and spend a week there and use it as a base to explore the area sometime.

      August 5, 2013
  5. Reblogged this on yasarnorman.

    August 2, 2013
  6. Here is a place on top of my bucket list…thank you so much for sharing this.

    August 5, 2013
    • Hope you get to visit soon, it’s such a fantastic place, definitely one of my favourite spots on this trip.

      August 5, 2013
  7. The stunning scenery and the white should do it for me too 🙂

    August 5, 2013
    • We did see some great sunsets on this trip but that terrace was one of the top spots.

      August 5, 2013
  8. The spirituality aspect seriously reminded me of Glastonbury, UK! Just replace vortexes with legends of King Arthur and the Holy Grail and mountains with tors :o)

    August 6, 2013
    • That’s true – there’s these types of legends and stories all over the world!

      August 8, 2013
  9. My experience visiting Sedona a few years back was much like yours. I don’t have much to say about vortices, however, I do love to just sit and gaze and sip.

    August 12, 2013
  10. Great post Lucy, we’re looking for alternatives to our Grand Canyon hike now that all the parks are closed. Sedona is somewhere that I’ve been intrigued by and your photos have convinced me, it looks gorgeous.

    October 10, 2013
    • I loved Sedona – such a beautiful setting and a relaxing place to spend a few days, plus lots of hikes etc if you’re a bit more energetic than me! Such a shame about the Grand Canyon but hope you manage to sort something else out.

      October 10, 2013

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