Cathedral Rock, Arizona

There are certain places in Sedona where people believe you can “feel” the vortices stronger than in other locations, where the electromagnetic energy is concentrated. There are four such particularly strong vortices in Sedona, each worth a visit. Many people believe they provide a journey for your soul, helping with spiritual development.

One of the most scenic places in Sedona is Cathedral Rock, but it is also one of the most challenging hikes. To feel the most power, you’ll need to hike to the Saddle of Cathedral Rock, which is only about three-quarters of a mile but rises more than 650 feet in elevation in that short span—making it only for the most experienced climbers.

If you want to sense some of the power of this vortex without having to risk the climb, take the Templeton Trail to Red Rock Crossing for great views of Cathedral Rock and plenty of vortex energy.

Oak Creek, where it runs next to Cathedral Rock, is called “Red Rock Crossing” and considered a strong Vortex as well as a sacred area in Native American history. Majestically overlooking the land and Oak Creek, Cathedral Rock is revered by Native Americans as a home of gods and birthplace of the first man and woman. It is also the most photographed Red Rock Formation, often found on postcards and calendars.

Cathedral Rock is the only one of the four major vortices with “feminine” energy—where the energy enters the earth—and is said to have an introspective power that connects you to memories and past lives. While the energy is more subtle, it is quite powerful, encouraging you to slow down, become calm and grow quiet. The vortex energy also provides feelings of softness, receptiveness, and compassion. The vortex is reported at its strongest right on the creek at its closest point to the rock formation.