by: Editor on 7/17/2016
Home to some of the most impressive vortexes in the country, a Scientific Vortex Tour takes place year-round, including the Major National Retreat in July, with complete instruction on tapping into the spiritual/meditative power of vortexes. There are 2.5 hour tours offered every Monday in the Coconino National Forest with guided reflections.
Customize a Vortex Briefing for Groups, or mini-retreats and extra sessions are also available for smaller groups of four or less(?). Vortexes are energy locations that are “enhanced” and prime for meditation, prayer, and mind/body healing. Although often compared to a magnetic and electric force, that’s not at the core of vortexes. Their real explanation is on the outskirts of today’s known science.
One of the most comprehensive recent coverage on vortexes can be found on the Nova program on PBS, which claims that vortexes have energy flows in the deeper dimensions. Some believe this allows your “soul to soar” more easily, allowing for more inspiration and easier stress reduction. Many have found relaxation and peace while visiting the vortexes.
Sedona is unique because all major vortexes are located in a relatively small geographical area. Overlapping into the metro of the city, it’s easier to see how a visitor’s spiritual life intersects with their everyday experience.
by: Editor on 4/4/2016
Meet fellow bird lovers at 9am every Wednesday and Saturday during the month of April. Located at the Visitor Center of the Arizona Red Rock State Park, a naturalist guide will take you on a walk suitable for birders of all levels. Binoculars are recommended. If you prefer a DIY approach, start from the Hummingbird Patio and don’t forget the Visitor Center’s roof! Most birds can be spotted in the riparian area near Oak Creek. All walks are included with park entrance fees.
Daily guided nature walks are also available starting at 10am. Meet with a volunteer as you’re taken on a journey throughout the park. Learn about various life zones, wildlife, geology, archaeology, and the history of the park.
Meet Mother Nature
Inside the Visitor Center is a theater, where displays and exhibitions are in constant rotation. Information on the flora and fauna of the area, an interactive Sedona map, and the House of Apache Fire’s computer program information booth is here. “The Natural Wonders of Sedona” narrated by John Conway is featured many times throughout the day.
There are also special events throughout the month but may be posted on short notice. From Native American drumming to meditative walks, check with the State Parks system to see what will spring up in April!
by: Editor on 3/26/2016
Outdoor adventurers come from around the world just to discover the incredible hiking in and near Sedona. Airport Loop Trail might not have the best name, but it’s an enjoyable trail that offers a prime view at Overlook Point. The elevation shift is mild, the parking lot is clearly marked, and there’s enough trail to allow for a lengthy hike if that’s your MO.
At Bell Rock Pathway, hikers enjoy Bell Rock (of course) as an easy to spot final destination (and a great space to break for lunch). The eastern part of Twin Buttes can also be seen from this trail, as well as a little wooden bridge that’s prime for a photo opportunity.
Take a Hike!
Doe Mountain Trail takes you up the west side of a sloping mountain and is best tackled in the morning so you can enjoy shade both up and down the trail. Just 0.7 miles long and with an elevation change of 400 feet, this is a trail that most ages and abilities can manage. At the very top there’s a steep stepping stone section, so proper footwear is a must.
Also check out the Crescent Moon Picnic area, Dry Creek Vista, and dozens of more trails surrounding the Sedona area!
by: Editor on 3/20/2016
It’s a gorgeous destination in itself, but if you want to explore more of Arizona, Sedona is home base to some fantastic day trips. Head over to Red Rock State Park, the aptly named destination where the fantastical red rocks loom over you. It’s a great drive, and the hiking and mountain biking options once you arrive are well worth the quick trip.
Slide Rock State Park is in the other direction, and for many outdoor enthusiasts, birders and photographers this is the best park in the region. It’s a top destination for rock climbing and bouldering too. Pack a picnic lunch or swing by one of Sedona’s local restaurants to pick up takeout and enjoy it in the great outdoors.
What a Trip!
The Tuzigoot National Monument is a must-see and not far from downtown Sedona. It’s also a great spot for water sports from jet skiing to SUPing. Near the town of Clarkdale and close to the Verde Canyon Railroad, you can easily spend the entire day in this charming region.
The Out of Africa Wildlife Park introduces you to exotic animals from around the world in a sprawling natural habitat. Just off Highway 17, it’s a short drive from Sedona and fun for the whole family.
by: Editor on 1/9/2016
You can go with a reputable tour company or create your own—there’s plenty to see and do in Sedona! Make sure you check out Cathedral Rock, a beautiful climb and/or great view. It’s ranked as the number one sightseeing destination on Trip Advisor and is a great place to start out your tour of Arizona’s stunning natural beauty. The Red Rock Scenic Byway is another option, letting you take in the beauty from the comfort of your car.
Chapel of the Holy Cross is a gorgeous chapel tucked into the Red Rock Mountains. It’s a testament to how the beauty of manmade destinations and Mother Earth can sometimes work harmoniously. Bell Rock is another favorite hot spot, offering distinct landmark features (and it’s great for photo opportunities!).
Check It Out!
Oak Creek Canyon offers stunning views and is a top choice for picnics year-round. Broken Arrow Trail is an off-roading vehicle hot spot, so if you plan to rent an ATV or four-wheeler, make sure to choose a company that offers trail rides at this spot. The West Fork Oak Creek Trail is another top choice, but with hiking and biking trails too.
Sedona star gazing is a must, whether you DIY or choose a tour company to guide your way. From Airport Mesa to Doe Mountain Trail, Sedona is an outdoor lover’s dream come true.
by: Editor on 10/18/2015
Can’t decide what to do first in Sedona? Let Trip Advisor lead the way. Thousands of travelers just like you have already detailed the good, the better, and the can’t-be-missed. At number one is Cathedral Rock where you’ll find breathtaking views and numerous trails. It’s the perfect introduction to Sedona’s outdoors—and the ideal spot to take your next social media photo.
The Red Rock Scenic Byway is the perfect drive (especially if you rented a convertible!) and lets you take in the beauty of Arizona from the comfort of your car. Chapel of the Holy Cross is an architectural achievement dubbed, “Spiritual—even if you’re not!” Oak Creek Canyon offers up another gorgeous drive as well as walking and biking trails.
Top Sedona Trips
Bell Rock, aptly named, is a beloved destination for climbers of all levels. The Devil’s Bridge Trail is an incredible natural rock formation area with various trails for different skill levels. Broken Arrow Trail is another option, or head to one of the 50+ spas in the area for some pampering and TLC.
Sedona stargazing is absolutely mesmerizing, and can be done from virtually any outdoor location. Make your trip special by checking out the view from Sedona Airport Overlook, day or night, located just a few minutes from your Best Western hotel.