Camping gets us in touch with our primitive self, connecting our present being to primordial ancestors of aeons ago. We lie under a vast array of stars, hyper-aware of surrounding energy. The words in our mind become less cluttered, and we are left with more feeling and intuition than we are with complicated thought.
Camp in Sedona, and you add an extra spiritual element to the equation.
Sedona is known for its mystical vortices, locations with a concentration of etheric energy. Psychics, occultists, and artists are all drawn to the Arizona town, and there is no shortage of overpriced crystal shops.
But what makes Sedona especially inspiring are views like these:
Where to Camp in Sedona (with a tent)
You may either:
- Select a developed campground such as Manzanita.
- Go off the beaten path to the dispersed camping sites (Send us a message on Facebook to learn more).
- Backpack West Fort trail and set up your tent 3+ miles in.
If You’re Looking For a Tent
Pictured above is our Embark 2-person dome tent (click this link to get it for only $60). We’ve used this tent over and over and over again. It’s a great one to have for casual camping and for a quick set up. It has 5 stars on Amazon, probably because of its durability and reliability.
Also check out our previous article, It Takes One Tent to Rule Them All for a review of three different tents (including the Embark).
Into the Mystic
It doesn’t take much to have a spiritually uplifting time. A few candles, incense, and a meditation bowl may be all you need. The most important factor, of course, is your state of mind. Here are a few techniques to try:
- With your eyes closed and while you’re sitting, scan your body. You may actually imagine a light from a computerized scanner passing up and down your body. As the light passes each section of your limbs, abdomen, chest, head, etc., bring your awareness fully to each of those sections. Changing your point of consciousness is incredibly grounding, and take time to do so carefully.
- Recite a prayer. One great one is the Peace Prayer of St. Francis. It reads as follows:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
3. Practice this Loving Kindness Meditation from Sylvia Boorstein.
A Final Note
Be sure to check out Huckaby Trail. This is one of our favorites. It’s a moderate hike, about 2.5 miles in (and then 2.5 miles out). It has a rich diversity that makes Sedona so great; fantastic views of red rock formations, the creekside forest, towering ocotillos, an abundance of prickly pear cacti, snakes, lizards, blue jays, quails.
Here is a shot taken on the trail:
Dogs are welcome, though be sure to pack lots of extra water! A hydration bladder will help in this endeavor. Click here for one that rocks and is inexpensive.
Many blessings from #HMPYG and from Django, our most handsomest mascot.