Sedona’s Famous Vortexes

Discover ways to tap into Sedona’s famous Vortexes for enhanced reflection, inspiration and healing.

January 26, 2017

Interview with Pete Sanders, local expert on Sedona’s famous Vortexes

Each year, Sedona has over 4 million visitors arriving to experience its beauty, spiritual energy and infamous Vortexes. What is a vortex and why is Sedona the place to experience it? To learn about Sedona’s Vortexes, we interviewed MIT honor graduate, Pete A. Sanders Jr., who’s a 37-year Sedona resident and has studied the city’s vortexes for nearly 50 years.

Mr. Sanders was accepted to Harvard Medical School but instead chose to go into independent research and teaching in Mind/Body Potentials. After five voluntary years of service as a top secret cleared Naval Officer, Mr. Sanders founded an international non-profit organization called, Free Soul.

Sedona Vortexes

Where are the Sedona Vortex sites?

There are many Sedona vortex meditation sites. The most known are Boynton Canyon, Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock and Red Rock Crossing.

Based on the three different types of Vortex sites (Upflow, Inflow and Combination), what is each type of Vortex site best known for?

Upflow Vortex sites help people soar to higher states of mind. They are particularly best for stress reduction, serenity and new creative insight. Vortex sites: Bell Rock and Airport Mesa.

Inflow Vortex sites help you with going inward for introspective meditation or prayer, healing hurts from the past and connection with the Earth. Vortex sites: Red Rock Crossing.

Combination Vortex sites have aspects of both Upflow and Inflow energies, depending on where you are in them. They allow seekers to do more advanced spiritual skills and meditations. Vortex sites: Boynton Canyon and Cathedral Rock.

Do you have any tips for visitors coming to Vortex areas for the first time?

For first time visitors, I recommend first going to an Upflow site (Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, or up on the ridges/cliffs of Boynton Canyon) to reduce stress, to be in greater harmony and focus on receiving new insights or healing issues from the past.
For more information on Sedona’s famous vortexes, attend one of Mr. Sanders’ extended Scientific Vortex programs happening every Monday in Sedona, pick up his book and DVD Scientific Vortex Information or visit for more information.

Sedona Vortexes

Sedona Vortex Sites

Boynton Canyon

The Boynton Canyon Vortex is an easy walk from Enchantment Resort. To get to the Vortex, you will enjoy an easy hike .5 miles along the Boynton Canyon Trail. Hike around the backside of the rock formation and climb to the saddle between the two spires. The center of the Vortex is located in a knoll south of the Boynton Spire, also known as Kachina Woman.

Bell Rock

Bell Rock Vortex is considered to be very powerful. The Bell Rock Vortex is located between Sedona and Oak Creek. From the start of the Bell Rock trail, follow the signs to a large flat rock shelf about half way up Bell Rock.

Airport Mesa

The Airport Mesa Vortex is one of the most popular Vortex sites due to the ease of getting there. It is best to arrive early in the morning when the crowds tend to be lighter. To get to the Vortex, you will have to embark on a short vertical hike, but the views are well worth it.

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock is one of the most scenic and photographed Vortex sites in Sedona. This is a vigorous hike but so worth it. The climb to get to the Saddle of Cathedral Rock is .75 miles long but rises over 650 feet in elevation.

Red Rock Crossing

Red Rock Crossing is located at the point where Oak Creek runs next to Cathedral Rock. Red Rock Crossing is considered a sacred area to local Native American tribes and is one of the strongest Vortexes. The waters of Red Rock Crossing may help with reducing stress, releasing old hurts and nurturing new growth.

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