Seek­ing mys­tery of Se­dona vor­texes

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Valley Life - By JOSEPH GEDEON

there are panoramic views of Elephant Rock, Court­house Butte, Bell Rock and Cathe­dral Rock — Se­dona’s most vis­ited land­marks. The trail cir­cles around two sides of the moun­tain, marked by a dif­fer­ence in both plant life and ge­o­log­i­cal for­ma­tions. Once you near the end, it be­comes hard to be­lieve you are on the same path.

Be­cause of the trail’s pop­u­lar­ity, two park­ing lots are ac­ces­si­ble to vis­i­tors. While the one lower down the moun­tain is closer to the of­fi­cial en­trance of the trail, its small size made it too dif­fi­cult to park in the afternoon. We drove to the very top of the Air­port Mesa and took in views of the city be­fore the park­ing at­ten­dant pointed us to a spot past a fence near the road, where we hiked down a mile-long trail that forked at the en­trance of the Air­port Mesa Loop.

Ev­ery few steps of the roughly 3.3-mile-long trail en­cour­age you to give in to the nat­u­ral set­ting. A height­ened feel­ing — tin­gling fin­gers and vel­vet in the air — dis­tracted me from the mul­ti­ply­ing hik­ers and mar­riage pro­pos­als.

We walked for hours, and we felt a lot — aches, pain, won­der.

And it was only af­ter we com­pleted the loop and came back to the start­ing point of the trail when we dis­cov­ered the vor­tex.

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