The Sedona Vortex - Real or Imagined?

Some say the Sedona Vortex can twist Juniper trees as they grow.


Sedona, AZ:  Is the Sedona Vortex real?  To help answer that question, we looked at some examples of a vortex and thought about why Sedona has long been considered a very special place.

According to its scientific description, a vortex is a region (usually within a fluid or gas) that spins around an imaginary axis, either straight or curved.

Some examples of a vortex include the whirlpool you see when water goes down the drain, smoke rings, and wind spiraling around tornadoes or dust devils. On a massive scale, black holes at the centers of spiral galaxies form a possibly limitless vortex.

Multiple vortices (the term for more than one vortex) can move, stretch, twist, and interact in complex ways, as when multiple tornadoes form and cross paths with each other. In a moving or evolving vortex the streamlines and path lines usually form spirals.

A vortex can also be invisible when it is electrical or magnetic in nature, although it has been said that the Sedona vortex, as it rises from the earth's surface, is neither electrical nor magnetic.  If not physical, electrical, or magnetic, then what is it, or does it really exist at all?

Proponents of the Sedona vortex phenomenon and certain individuals who claim to be sensitive to the energy of the vortex say it's very real.  They believe that the vortexes in Sedona are swirling centers of subtle energy emanating from the surface of the earth. They go on to say that even though it's not exactly electrical or magnetic, it does leave a slight, measurable residual magnetism in the places where it's the strongest. How do they prove this?  For one thing, they point to the spiraling trunks of juniper trees in Sedona's various vortex hotspots.


Sedona for Inspiration, Creativity, and Spiritual Awakening

Native Americans have always considered Sedona a sacred place.  Sedona figures prominently in the Yavapai Indians' creation story, and the birthplace of their mother, the First Lady.  Besides the dizzying effects of sweeping views and red rock monuments drenched in spectacular sunsets, Sedona's was also a source of precious water in the desert, supporting life of all kinds. In this sense, Sedona, beautiful in her appearance and abundant with life-giving water and food, was obviously a very special place.  

Even if you don't feel a physical sensation when you visit a Sedona vortex, you won't be able to deny the uplifting, awe-inspiring vistas everywhere before you. You may have come to Sedona on a spiritual quest, or with a specific goal, but what you come away may be quite different and possibly life changing. Artists, musicians, and other creative people frequent Sedona because it's always unfolding, always revealing something new and unexpected.

Our own experience, living in Sedona for eight years, was the inspiration to create this visitor guide website, GatewayToSedona.com.  As artists who moved to Sedona, we were so taken with our own impressions that we wanted to share it with the world.


Maps to Famous Sedona Vortex Spots

Sedona Airport Vortex

From the intersection of Hwy 179 and 89A (also known as the "Y" in Sedona), go 1.1 miles west on 89A.  Turn left on Airport Rd. and travel 1/2 mile to the parking area on the left. Walk up the trail between the hills.  You'll see some twisted Juniper trees along the way. The view of Sedona is spectacular here.


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Red Rock Crossing - Cathedral Rock Vortex

Go 4.3 miles west on 89A from the intersection of Hwy 89A and 179.  Turn left on Upper Red Rock Loop Rd and go 1.8 miles to Chavez Ranch Rd. Turn left and follow the pavement .8 mile.  Turn left into Red Rock Crossing State Park (fee to enter). Drive as far into the park as possible, then walk to the creek. Find the place where the creek is closest to Cathedral Rock.


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Bell Rock Vortex

Bell Rock is the easiest of all the Sedona vortex spots to find, as it towers with its characteristic bell shape over Hwy 179, just north of the Village of Oak Creek (5 miles south of the intersection of Hwys 89A and 179). You can't miss it with its distinct contour. Parking and trails are clearly visible and well marked. Twisted Juniper trees abound around Bell Rock.


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Boynton Canyon Vortex

From the intersection of Hwy 179 and 89A, drive 3.2 miles west on 89A and turn right on Dry Creek Rd.  Follow the signs for Boynton Canyon. Go 2.9 miles to a "T" intersection and turn left.  Then go another 1.7 miles to another "T" and turn right. Travel 0.1 mile to a parking area on the right.  (If you find yourself at the entrance to Enchantment Resort, reverse your course and go back 0.3 miles to the parking area. From the parking area, you can enter Boynton Canyon Trail.  Go 250 yards, then take the left fork to stay on Boynton Canyon Trail.  Hike 400 yards to the Vista Trail sign, take the right fork, and continue on the Vista Trail up the hill.  Follow the cairns (red rock trail markers in wire barrels)  and you'll come to a 30 foot high knoll.  Twisted Juniper trees occur here and all along this trail.


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