On one of our Girls trip we drove from Scottsdale to Sedona in the northern Verde Valley one day to see the beautiful red sandstone formations. We stopped at different vantage point to look at the brilliant oranges and reds, it was as though we had set foot on Mars. We did the Pink Jeep tour which took as further into the stunning terrain.
Pink Jeep Tours
We loved the customized Bubblegum Pink Jeep Wranglers with cushioned seats in the back that accommodated about eight people. The seats are configured to give a great vantage point of the scenic surroundings. The seat belts and straps on top were much needed as the ride was pretty bumpy when we were off-roading. Our guide, was entertaining and helped us learn more about Sedona’s history and geology. The National Forest Service protects this whole area. Tour operators like the Pink Jeep tours must have permits to enter this area and the much needed 4-wheel drive. Though, hikers and mountain bikers are allowed here too – we saw a few mountain bikes on the narrow trails. Part of the tour fees goes to the National Parks to help preserve this area. The trail turns from pavement to red dirt road as the division between public and protected land. We stopped at a few places where we saw the twisted trees and other flora and got to walk up some boulders and admire the red outer worldly landscape.
Sedona is listed as 10 Most sacred Spots on Earth since the area is famous for its vortexes, powerful centers of kinetic energy that can have a deep effect on those who visit them. Mother Nature’s red-rock temples are a perfect place for spiritual and personal enrichment of the body and the soul.
It is believed a vortex intensifies everything and that makes Sedona an enormous amplifier. Everything you are feeling will be amplified a thousandfold. If you are happy in Sedona, you will border on euphoria. If you are feeling love, you will be ecstatic.The 3 of us left energized and enriched after our trip to Sedona, not sure if it was due to the vortex or due to catching up on our friendship! Here is a photoblog of our trip…
Situated between spectacular, statuesque natural stone columns 3 miles south of town, The Chapel of the Holy Cross a modern 1956 Roman Catholic chapel soars from the rock like a slice of the land itself. Architect Marguerite Brunwig Staude followed the tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright – its wall of glass and the perch it occupies offers a dramatic perspective on the landscape, and the architecture is stunning. Though there are no traditional services, the church offers a ‘Taize prayer service’ on Mondays at 5pm.
To some, Bell Rock in Sedona AZ looks like a church bell. To others it is a kaleidoscope of red and pink and orange layered one by one out of the sandstone. However you envision the beautiful Bell Rock, the landscape will not disappoint you. Located off the Flat Loop Trail that encircles nearby Courthouse Butte. Bell Rock is one of the most interesting of the Sedona Red Rocks. Bell Rock is recognized as one of the four major Sedona vortexes. The others are Airport, Boynton Canyon and Cathedral Rock. The magnetic vortexes are supposed to be very nurturing and embracing.
We saw a few bikes braving the rocky terrain
Have you visited any of the sacred Spots on Earth listed by Budget Travel here?