Theres something about Sedonas energy vortexes that cannot be denied. Sedona vortexes  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.

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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 Sedonas vortex energy amplifies thoughts and intentions, when meditation and prayer are done at a vortex site, manifestations become reality sooner.

Sedona isnt 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 Earths 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 Sedonas Vortexes.

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 youre 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 earths 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.

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 doesnt swirl; its 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.

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 Rocks vortex are the quartz crystals said to be embedded within the base of its structure; they amplify the vortexs 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.

They twist trees

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

Everyone feels something different

Each person reacts differently to the energy of Sedonas 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 dont feel the energy of the vortex at all. Depending on how open you are, thats highly possible. So dont beat yourself up if you dont 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.

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.

Youll 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.


Sedona Mago Center for Well-Being and Retreat is a not-for-profit organization based in Sedona, Arizona. The center was established to share the principles and spiritual practices of ancient wisdom and tradition of SunTao with one central mission: to love humanity and the Earth. The Center holds wellness classes, lectures, workshops and outreach classes to guide people on their holistic healing and transformative path. 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.