Boynton Canyon Vortex in Sedona

SEDONA – Famed for its stunning red rock cliffs, Sedona is one of those Arizona cities you simply can’t get enough of. People travel from around the world to catch a glimpse of the crimson landscape sitting in our backyard.

Boynton Canyon Spire, Kachina Woman
Boynton Canyon Spire. Photo Credit: Kevin Korycanek

Yet the red rocks alone aren’t drawing tourists. Many flock to Sedona to feel the power of energy vortexes dotting the region. In this sense, a vortex is a spiraling, tornado-like force of spiritual energy emanating from the center of the Earth. Many believe these places are perfect spots for prayer, meditation and healing, as the energy is said to interact with one’s inner self. Vortexes are also known to increase psychic energy and make you more self aware.

The Boynton Canyon Vortex is one of several main vortexes in the area.  It’s located just east of Enchantment Resort. Some vortexes are said to have either masculine or feminine energies. The Boynton Canyon vortex has both, which is supposedly ideal for balancing energy within oneself and with relationships.

Twisted Juniper at Boynton Canyon
Twisted Juniper at Boynton Canyon. Photo Credit: Kevin Korycanek

The Boynton Spire (also known as Kachina Woman) is a quick, relatively flat jaunt from the parking lot, just 5,200 feet from the trailhead. The center of the vortex is located in a knoll south of the spire. Hikers can climb to the top of the spire. While not lengthy, there is some tricky footing near the tip.

Juniper trees apparently feel the vortexes more than other plants and trees. They grow in a twisting manner the closer you get the center of a vortex.

How to Get There

Boynton Canyon Spire, Kachina Woman
Boynton Canyon Spire. Photo Credit: Kevin Korycanek

From the Highway 179 and 89A junction, drive about 3 miles west to Dry Creek Road and head north. Follow signs to “Boynton Canyon.” They will lead you into a parking lot. The trailhead is across from the restroom facility. For more info, contact the Red Rock Ranger District at (928) 282-4119.

My Take

I hiked Boynton Canyon Trail in August 2011. I couldn’t locate the knoll, but I did make it to the tip of the spire. The scenery is flat out gorgeous. Red rock cliffs and greenery typical of the Sedona region. I was surprised the trail is located literally a few feet away from Enchantment Resort (a big plus if you’re staying there, which I wasn’t).

Not sure I fully felt the vortex. I took a few moments to pause, reflect and “feel present,” yet I didn’t quite experience the flowing energy. Nor was sure if I was supposed to feel “flowing energy.” I did feel lightheaded at the top of the spire, which surprised me, because it’s really not that high, and I don’t generally feel lightheaded when hiking or climbing. Perhaps it was the energy.

If you’re really into this stuff, consider taking a vortex tour. Just Google “Sedona Vortex Tours” for a quick listing of tour operators.

Have you been to a vortex? What did you experience?


  1. Shannon says

    My boyfriend and I hike in Sedona every weekend, and have done so for the last two years (we live in Phoenix). We’ve done nearly every trail in the area, including all the supposed “vortex” trails. I personally have not felt anything particularly special about the vortex sites compared to the rest of Sedona. However, I believe the area in general is very special and has its own unique energy. I’ve been drawn to Sedona since the first time I came to Arizona roughly 6 years ago.

    In short, I can’t say that I buy into the whole “vortex” belief, but Sedona certainly has a unique energy about it that is undeniable. Or perhaps it’s just the breathtaking views. :)

  2. S. Schnebly says

    What did I feel? Digust that hippies had ruined a lovely view with their crystals and their tie-die and their hemp and their hogwash.


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