Travel Stories: Sedona, Arizona – Shaman’s Cave

 

On the road to find Shaman's Cave

On the road to find Shaman’s Cave


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.


Hiking the trail to Shaman's Cave.

Hiking the trail to Shaman’s Cave.


It was a rather leisurely hike, though you definitely have to avoid the cacti along the way!


Definitely take a 4x4 off-road vehicle if you want to visit Shaman's Cave... we had to leave the car at the side of the road and continue on foot.

Definitely take a 4×4 off-road vehicle if you want to visit Shaman’s Cave… we had to leave the car at the side of the road and continue on foot.


On the trail to Shaman's Cave... the rocks in the distance contain ancient Native tribe communities built right into the rock!

On the trail to Shaman’s Cave… the rocks in the distance contain ancient Native tribe communities built right into the rock!


Endless opportunities to explore out here in the desert.

Endless opportunities to explore out here in the desert.


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!


Nearing Shaman's Cave.

Nearing Shaman’s Cave.


And suddenly, as we climbed, we rounded a corner along a very narrow, slanted edge, and finally saw the cave we had been seeking.


Approaching Shaman's Cave.

Approaching Shaman’s Cave.


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:


Sitting in the window of Shaman's Cave.

Sitting in the window of Shaman’s Cave.


Another stunning view from the top of the Shaman's Cave mountain.

Another stunning view from the top of the Shaman’s Cave mountain.


Enjoying the view from my little sitting area on the side of the rock at Shaman's Cave!

Enjoying the view from my little sitting area on the side of the rock at Shaman’s Cave!


It may be a desert but it certainly does not lack in greenery!

It may be a desert but it certainly does not lack in greenery!


We also spotted two olderΒ 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!


Close-up of some prickly natives.

Close-up of some prickly natives.


Celebrating the climb to the very top!

Celebrating the 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.

 

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2 thoughts on “Travel Stories: Sedona, Arizona – Shaman’s Cave

  1. What gorgeous pictures! Never been to Sedona, but spent time in the Grand Canyon and at Montezuma Castle… The landscape is just amazing. I’m so happy you had such a lovely trip!

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