Many tourists travel to Sedona, Arizona for the mountains, views, and art. But have you ever thought to stop at Sedona’s Shaman’s Cave?

The Shaman's Cave in Sedona, Arizona is a hidden gem.
The Shaman’s Cave in Sedona, Arizona is a hidden gem.
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Sedona, Arizona lies along the Coconino and Yavapai county lines and Verde Valley. We know it for its red sandstone, especially at sunrise and sunset. Sedona is popular for mountain biking and hiking. Fine dining, hotels, and the arts are also widely available.

The Shaman’s Cave

Shaman’s Cave is located in a vortex in Sedona. Arizona. What is a vortex?

“Vortexes are enhanced energy sites that facilitate prayer, meditation, mind-body healing, and creative thinking.”

The Scientific Vortex Information Pamphlet

The pamphlet explains that a vortex is not electric or magnetic.

Shaman’s Cave dates to Native Americans, includes Shaman, chiefs, and high priests, who used it as a stargate (portal) to communicate with spirits. In the cave, you will find burned spots on the floor from ancient ceremonies. However, Sedona itself has been occupied since 11,500 B.C. Perhaps some religious activities of the Shaman’s Cave date to before Native Americans.

Shaman’s Cave is on top of a dome of rose sandstone of 750 feet. Inside the Shaman’s Cave is a large, 20 x 40 x 15-foot room. It is difficult to find. It isn’t a tourist attraction. It is a strenuous hike to reach it. The Shaman’s Cave’s opening walks to a sheer cliff. The climb is not recommended for the faint of heart.

Near the Shaman’s Cave

The Chapel of the Holy Cross. Like the Shaman's Cave, it is located on a vortex in Sedona, Arizona.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross. Like the Shaman’s Cave, it is located on a vortex in Sedona, Arizona.
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The Chapel of the Holy Cross. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is surrounded by the Mystic Hills. The Mystic Hills are also considered a vortex, like Shaman’s Cave. The hills are filled with ancient petroglyphs, including sacred images. The Chapel, itself, is positioned in a manner to overlook most of Sedona. The Chapel offers an invitation for all religions to pray.

Tlaquepaque is filled with art, fine shops, boutiques, and local events. Out of Africa Wildlife Park is a fun day trip. Great West (Bus) Tours is in Sedona, Arizona, but spreads its routes into mountains and valleys across the state.


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