One week in Sedona. From “The Peace” in La Paz, to a sacred site with brilliant red rock formations and hundreds of hiking trails – we tried a couple. We searched out vortexes (specific sites of concentrated energy that have an inspirational effect for some people). I was simply inspired by walking up the rocky trails, but I learned that once I start a trail…I must finish. Steve, on the other hand…is able to take a more leisurely approach. We both loved Sedona!
Formations and Vortexes
From uptown Sedona, West Sedona, or the neighborhoods, you are surrounded by formations with names – that you may remember.
Cathedral Rock Vortex
Airport Vortex at Sunset
Airport Loop Hike – A Rim Trail
Doe Mountain Hike
This trail abruptly ends on a mesa – with 1000 foot drops off the edge.
Slide Rock State Park
This was the site of a wildfire on May 20, 2014. The Slide Fire spread across 21,227 acres in Oak Creek Canyon over nine days at a cost of $9,300,000.
Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park – Built 2004
A stupa is a sacred place for prayer, meditation, healing, and peace.
How to use a stupa: Circumambulate a stupa, walking in a clockwise direction, at least three times, while reciting a mantra or making heartfelt prayers for the benefit of loved ones, the state of the world, or all sentient beings. Or sit in front of a stupa and generate good thoughts, compassion and loving kindness.
View from the Peace Park. A nice place to mediate or just count blessings.
- We stayed at a great Air BnB “Immaculate 1Br Near Uptown Shops”. In searching Air Bnb/ Sedona, any of the residences hosted by Greg and Tess will be top notch.
- Restaurants abound – too many to recommend.
- May is a good time to go.
- Arizona wine is good. Yavapai College teaches wine making within their culinary program.
- There are wine tasting opportunities in Jerome, which is a great drive.