Exploring Sedona: Red Rocks & Mysticism

I have never seen a sky so incredibly deep-blue.

Nature & Hiking

Just south of Flagstaff, Arizona, in the desert southwest of the United States, lies the town of Sedona. Known for its natural beauty and gorgeous red rock formations, this area is stunning.

If you’ve never been to this part of the US, it is almost otherworldly. All the earth around you is red… the soil, the rocks, and the hillsides. Vegetation is sparse. Sedona is in the high desert after all. Cacti dot the landscape. We visited in the fall of 2006. With moderate temperatures and fewer crowds, it is one of my favorite times of year to travel. It can be intensely warm during summer months. Hiking is a great way to enjoy those amazing rock formations, and there is no shortage of trails in this area. Heading to the outdoors allows one to clear the mind. Perfect for getting in touch with your inner energy.

Vortices & Mysticism

Sedona is also known for its energy vortices. A vortex is a source of spiritual healing power or energy emanating from a specific physical location. It is said that there are four such locations in and around Sedona. These vortices have long tied Sedona to the new age mysticism movement. I won’t claim to understand it, but of course much has been written on the subject. People from all over the world are drawn to the Sedona area searching for the clarity, enlightenment and healing properties that these vortices offer. I try to come at it with an open mind.


 The Chapel of the Cross

Although it is a Catholic church, the Chapel of the Cross (http://chapeloftheholycross.com/) welcomes people of all faiths… I’m assuming that includes those who believe in mysticism.

Completed in 1954, the Chapel of the Cross is the work of Marguerite Brunswig Staude working with the design studio of Anshen + Allen out of San Francisco. This architectural landmark is significant for the way it blends into the landscape… like a chameleon. The structure, itself, appears to jut directly out of the land, matching the color of the red sandstone perfectly. If you appreciate fine architecture, this structure is a must-see. While you are there, don’t forget to look for the Two Nuns rock formations in the hills above the chapel. The chapel is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm daily except Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Good Friday. A curved ramp, that elegantly bends up to the structure, makes it wheelchair accessible.

Have you been to Sedona? What are some of your favorite memories?

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