5 Things You Should Know About Sedona’s Vortexes

5 Things You Should Know About Sedona’s Vortexes

There’s something about Sedona’s Energy Vortexes that cannot be denied. They give visitors a soothing jolt of renewed power making the energy received both sacred and seductive. You cannot visit just once.

Nestled in the northern region of Arizona, the entire city of Sedona, surrounded by sandstone cliffs and healing red clay rocks, is a vortex. Native American tribes viewed Sedona as the birthplace of their spirituality and the vortexes as the primary land where they performed special spiritual ceremonies that deepened the connection between themselves and the divine.

Cathedral Rock | Sedona, AZ

In Sedona, there are seven main vortex sites–Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, Boynton Canyon, Cathedral Rock, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Courthouse Butte, and Schnebly Hill Road–that attract visitors year-round. They serve as revered destinations for physical healing and spiritual transformation achieved through meditation and prayer. Primarily because Sedona’s vortex energy amplifies thoughts and intentions, when meditation and prayer are done at a vortex site, manifestations become reality sooner.

Sedona isn’t the only place where vortexes exist, however. There are several places on the planet where vortexes also exist and have existed for centuries. Mount Shasta in California, Crater Lake in Oregon, and many more in the United States. Outside of the U.S. the two most notable are Stonehedge in England and the Great Pyramid in Egypt.

What is a vortex?

Vortexes are concentrated areas of energy where the Earth’s power lines, also known as Ley Lines, meet and extend for about 22 miles. Vortex energy, which can be curved and swirly, like a cyclone, or just shoot straight up from the earth, is embedded into the grounds and within the red rocks of Sedona. The energy of a vortex is highly concentrated at their Ley Lines and can be felt throughout the surrounding areas. Those who feel it describe the energy as serene and subtle, yet so powerful they know they are experiencing something from a higher power. 

To help prepare your visit, below are five top things you should know about Sedona’s Vortexes.

  1. Some are gender-specific

    Yes, expect to find him/her/they/them vortexes. Of the five things we list, this information is the most important as it will guide the reason for visiting any vortex.  If you’re feeling a need to open your heart and become more compassionate, forgiving, and releasing old wounds, then Cathedral Rock, The Chapel of the Holy Cross, or Schnebly Hill Road are the vortexes to visit. It is known for having feminine energy, each brings calm, joy, harmony, and balance between your mind and heart. Feminine energy is responsible for inspiration and expansion. The energy at each of these vortexes is said to connect you to the earth’s full energetic grid and allows a more fluid level of communication between you and your higher self, spiritual guides, and the creator of all there is. The Chapel of the Holy Cross was built on top of a vortex. Though nicknamed the Madonna, it is not a working church. Rather, it is an open structure where visitors can come to embrace oneness with the energy that exists there. 

    Chapel of the Holy Cross | Sedona, AZ

    As the strongest magnetic vortexes in the entire region, both The Chapel of the Holy Cross and Cathedral Rock expand your creativity and your ability to communicate with yourself and others from a place of compassion and love.

    Schnebly Hill Road provides the feminine energy needed to forgive and release old negative patterns and spiritual blockages preventing you from moving forward in life. This is the energy of the divine feminine, one that helps you to return to harmony with your true self and with nature.

    On the other hand, if you feel you have lots of dreams, little to forgive, but nothing gets completed, then a visit to Airport Mesa and the Courthouse Butte in Sedona may offer help. Both are masculine-based vortexes. Masculine energy strengthens your self-confidence and motivates your energy to get up and get going. It is the energy of the doer, the energy of worthiness, and the energy of self-discipline that allows you to get things done. 

    The Courthouse Butte vortex doesn’t swirl; it’s a straight shooter, beaming energy from the belly of the earth into the sky and it is considered a true powerhouse for enhancing personal and spiritual growth. 

    Boynton Canyon | Sedona, AZ

    For those seeking a balance between both masculine and feminine within, Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon encompass the duality of both energetic fields. Unique to Bell Rock’s vortex are the quartz crystals said to be embedded within the base of its structure; they amplify the vortex’s dual masculine and feminine energies to greater levels, allowing you to reconnect to your inner child, gain new perspectives about past experiences, and become more self-aware to balance your mind, body, and soul. Similarly, the Boynton Canyon vortex is an open space where the masculine Warrior Rock and the feminine Kachina Spire reside. The vortex empowers visitors with the courage to create relationships from a place of intimacy, honesty, and openness. Visitors can sit between the two healing and protective rocks to absorb their grounding and uplifting energies to strengthen their mind, body, and spirit.


  2. They twist trees

    Remember what we said about the swirling energy? Well if you ever come across a tree with trunks that spiral, you’ve encountered a tree filled with electromagnetic energetic fields that caused the tree to twist into contorted shapes. This is the tree you’ll want to hug.


  3. Everyone feels something different

    Schnebly Hill | Sedona, AZ

    Each person reacts differently to the energy of Sedona’s vortexes. Some feel an immediate connection to its peace; some get headaches because the energy is too much for their body to absorb. If that occurs, try to relax, and drink plenty of water (rubbing a little bit of lavender essential oil around the perimeter of your hairline might bring you some ease). Then there are some first-time visitors who don’t feel the energy of the vortex at all. Depending on how open you are, that’s highly possible. So don’t beat yourself up if you don’t have a magical experience like someone else. Instead, go with the flow of your visit there. And come back again without any expectations, and allow yourself to embrace what is there.


  4. Best times to visit

    Sedona is open year-round so you can visit at any time. Though it is at an altitude that is over 5,000 feet above sea level, the best times, weather-wise to visit is from March until May when everything is in full bloom, and then from September until November when the weather is mild. The summer temperatures deliver scorching heat which can make hiking the vortex trails somewhat uncomfortable if you are not used to it, and they do get snow during the winter. No matter when you go, bring plenty of water and dress in layers that can be easily removed as the temperature changes.


  5. You’ll never forget it

    Visiting a vortex in Sedona is unlike any other experience you will have. It promises to leave you feeling lighter mentally, increase your physical energy and produce a smile that comes from the heart. 

At Sedona Mago Center for Well-being and Retreat, there are several vortexes surrounding our 173-acres of land. Visitors can feel their peaceful energy during our outdoor yoga sessions and walking meditations. You are also free to embrace the energy of our vortex hot spots on your own.

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  • Jacquetta Noble
    May 20, 2022 6:31 pm

    Thank you

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    September 1, 2022 10:25 am

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  • This is a great intro to the vortexes. Thank you.

  • Very helpful!
    Thank you so much it was just the information we needed to begin our spiritual healing here in Sedona!

  • Are any of the vortex sites accessible by wheelchair?

    • Some vortex locations have accessible trails on or nearby. We’d recommend researching specific locations that you’re interested in to see exactly what they have available.

  • Great portrayal of Sedona’s Vortexes!
    They are indescribably beautiful and worth every minute spent getting to them…
    Sedona is a beautiful and special place that lives within my heart forever.

  • Sedona is magical! Took the Pink Jeep Tour to Schnebly Rd Vortex years ago, with an arrowhead dowser also with us. Using the dowsing stick in the center of the vortex was mind blowing, I’ll never forget this trip. One of the most spiritual of my life, that’s a lot for a non-religious person to say. You must do this, with or without the dowsing stick! ???? if you have a bad back (I do), maybe this vortex isn’t for you, the Pink Jeep trip was rough, so much fun and worth every ache! I hope I can go back some day!

  • George Janacek
    January 24, 2024 5:14 pm

    Love the post. We are planning a trip in Apr 24’ and I’m wondering if these will have any effect on my Implanted Cardio Defribulator

  • I’m curious if anyone knows if the vortex affects pacemakers?
    Thank you!


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