Vortex Hunting in Sedona, AZ
New York based DJ, record collector, Love Injection zine-maker, and all around cool gal Barbie Bertisch and her partner Paul Raffaele took a road trip through the Southwest earlier this Summer and made a pit stop in the magical town of Sedona to check out some vortexes and swimming holes. Keep up with her and all her rad side projects on Instagram at @barbiebertisch
Our summer road trip started in Las Vegas, before heading southeast towards Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, stopping for two days in Sedona, and finishing with Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Navajo Nation. It was MAJESTIC. If you're planning on visiting this area, I highly recommend mapping your route in advance and visiting Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Monument Valley, in addition to Sedona.
Where to Swim and Find A Vortex
Sedona is a touristy, scenic, mystic little city surrounded by red-rock mountains. The town center is filled with crystal shops, tour guides, and quirky local art of the new age hippie vibe. Inside the crystal shops, you can get your aura read, play sound bowls, and even sign up for meditation workshops.
The popular destination is Slide Rock State Park, where natural slides make for family fun and a great place to cool off in the peak of summer. We were told it would be busy but never expected it to be slammed. Instead, we drove past the busy park entrance and chose Grasshopper Point: a quieter, easy to access swimming hole with accessible cliffs for diving. It was just perfect.
Another thing you'll want to do is go vortex hopping. What is a vortex? It's "swirling centers of subtle energy coming out from the surface of the earth". Basically, centers of energy that can make you feel real nice inside. There are four identified vortexes in Sedona. Our stops included hiking up Bell Rock, a walk around Chapel of the Holy Cross (bucket list!), and a visit to Enchantment Resort, where another vortex is located. Whether you’re a believer or not, there is something incredibly special about Sedona that keeps us coming back for more.
Where to Eat
First thing you should know is that nights in Sedona end at 9pm. There's very little that goes down past that time and, honestly, you'll probably want to spend most your days outdoors while it's light out. We had early breakfast at the Creekside Coffee & Bakery and were plenty satisfied. Make sure to score a table outside for prime views. It's tough to top! For some serious Mexican, visit Tortas de Fuego, a low-key family-friendly spot on Highway 89A. We had an amazing (and cheap) meal here.
Where to Stay
We stayed in Sedona for two nights at the most serene bungalow via Airbnb called Heartful Casita. It was light-filled, surrounded by red rocks, and had a giant soaking tub downstairs. Just what you'd need during a short stay. A few friends recommended the Enchantment Resort, where we stopped for breakfast. It's definitely robe life vibes and we plan to visit for a special occasion.
All photos by Barbie Bertisch