There is something about Sedona, Arizona and the surrounding area.
You come away feeling different.
Part of the reason may be the absoute splendor of the region. We've all seen these red rocks and mountains in John Wayne movies and TV westerns, but seeing them up close produces a sense of awe. Not shock and awe, just awe, as the word was meant to be used. ("Awe" should be used to describe natural wonders, not acts of war).
Or maybe it is the Native American heritage, and the sense that is in the back of your mind the whole time you are there, of the spirtuality and mysticism that surrounds our limited knowledge of their cultures.
Here is Montezuma'a Castle, home of a cliff dwelling group (unrelated to the Montezuma of the Aztecs) of about 35 people who farmed and hunted on the land below, but returned to this mountainside to eat, cook, sleep and love. Then suddenly, a few hundred years ago, the whole group (and others as well) just disappeared, reasons unknown. Could have been disease, war, boredom, a decision to join another tribe...who knows? And this has remained intact for hundreds of years.
Spirituality extends to the present, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross built into this rock is impressive both from down below, where this picture was taken, to within the Chapel, where the view is mirrored by a sense of reverence that inspires all who enter.
It could be the vortexes (the plural of "vortex" is known as "vortices" in the rest of the English language.) There are four powerful vortexes around Sedona, but some say there are numerous other less powerful ones around, or that all of Sedona is a vortex. That may be true. The vortexes are areas where invisible forces, be they electric or magnetic or electromagnetic or psychic, are emitted from the earth to the benefit of those nearby. Different people report different effects, for many it is inexplicable, but you know you have been affected.
This is Cathedral Rock, as viewed from Red Rock Crossing. It's a vortex, but we didn't climb to the hot spot. Don't you think that power as strong as a vortex would spread to the area surrounding the release spot?
This popular spot is called Bell Rock, named for its shape. We did approach this vortex. Wow!
And here is one of the views from Airport Mesa where there is another vortex that we visited. The vortexes, while giving you a boost, also tug on you to make you want to remain close by. It is said that the forces of the spinning vortex twist nearby trees, while other trees just feet away may be straight and untwisted. This tree has seen many sunsets and moon rises. See the moon?
Of course, the sense of appreciation of all the beauty of the area is reflected in the strong art community, and this may spread to visitors as well, leaving them with feelings they don't understand. But be it physical, such as the electrical or magnetic forces mentioned above, spiritual, cultural or a combination of all three, Sedona affects you like no other place on earth.
Everyone should go.