The first place we all wanted to make sure we visited during our trip was Shaman’s Cave – a very powerful but lesser-known vortex in Sedona, known to local indigenous peoples as a prominent Stargate.
Shaman’s Cave – also known as Robbers Roost – has a lot of history surrounding it, some quite recent, but most of it very old.
In order to help preserve and protect the site, it used to be that you needed to know a guide to find the location; but it seems its becoming more and more well-known. Dirt roads that used to be unmarked to ward off looters and other negatively-intentioned people are now clearly marked, making it much less of a treasure hunt to locate the trail to the mountain.
It was a rather leisurely hike, though you definitely have to avoid the cacti along the way!
It was a warm day with a cool breeze and not a single cloud in the sky.
I couldn’t wait to make our way up the mountain and finally experience the cave for myself!
And suddenly, as we climbed, we rounded a corner along a very narrow, slanted edge, and finally saw the cave we had been seeking.
I had wanted to post two videos that I took as we approached the cave and from inside it, but can’t seem to figure out how to get the video off of my phone and on to WordPress, so I will post that update as soon as I do – I was able to capture the narrow, slanted edge we walked as well as the spectacular views from that height.
Once in the cave, we took a break to rest, rehydrate, and enjoy the scenery from a little sun-drenched spot jutting out just below the ‘window’ I’m sitting in below:
We also spotted two older hikers who had hiked up behind us and who seemed to know the terrain quite well – a testimony to its growing prominence as a hiking destination!
Remember how I mentioned I had envisioned myself chanting at the cave in the weeks preceding our trip? I enjoyed a powerful chanting session on my own, in the sun, before my companions asked me to lead everyone in a chanting session and we enjoyed a short meditation as a group.
Then, we decided to head upwards, even higher than the cave, and climb to the very top!
What a great start to our week! We descended and made our way back to the car, passing a large group of hikers along the way, off to find their own Shaman’s Cave adventure.
After a quick bite to eat, we set out to hit our next check point: Cathedral Rock.