Sedona, Arizona’s awe-inspiring rock formations and sweeping red landscape possess a special power.

You can’t see an energy vortex. But residents and travelers who flock to Sedona from all over the world will tell you that you can definitely feel them. Sedona’s energy vortexes (rarely called vortices around here), are locations among the red rock spires where the Earth’s energy is especially strong. These places are conducive to healing, meditation, reflection, and personal growth.

All of Sedona is considered an energy vortex, but there are four sites where the energy is most powerful: Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and Boynton Canyon.

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona. Image from Wikipedia Commons.

In town, you’ll find a plethora of healing, self-care, and new age services. You can visit a psychic, or enjoy a day at a spa. But it’s the landscape that surrounds this little haven in the desert that will move you.

Whether or not you buy into the idea of healing energy, Sedona, Arizona is an undeniably special place. Even skeptics leave here feeling a little better than they came. How can you not with those stunning views?

If you’re looking to visit Sedona, Arizona, we recommend spending as much time as possible outside. What better way to do that than camping?

The Best of Sedona, Arizona Camping

Here’s a look at a few awesome camping options in and around Sedona, Arizona.

Cave Springs Campground

cave springs campground

Image from The Dyrt camper Colette K.

Arguably the most popular campground in Sedona, it comes as no surprise that it is also one of the most beautiful. The area provides a great base camp for hiking, swimming, bird watching and more. Each campsite has shade from nearby Ponderosa Pines. Due to its popularity, it is best to reserve a spot at Cave Springs in advance.

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Chavez Crossing Group Campground

If you are the type of camper that likes to be closer to civilization, consider Chavez Crossing. It’s near golf courses and homes. And you’re not far from town so you can easily restock on s’more supplies and beer. The roads to Chavez Crossing are paved and you are centrally located not only to the town, but also to to nearby attractions. This campsite is for larger groups only.

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Manzanita Campground

Image from The Dyrt camper Irene L.

This creekside campground has plenty of shade and spectacular scenery. You can fish right from your campspot. Since sites are small, Manzanita is reserved for tents only. If you can’t reserve your spot in advance, there are a handful of first-come-first-serve sites available. All access to the campground is paved, making it a viable option for those who don’t have a 4WD automobile.

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Dispersed Camping Around Sedona

Waterfall Trail at Fossil Creek in Coconino National Forest. Image from Coconino National Forest on Flickr.

When the campgrounds around Sedona are all booked, or you’re simply looking for a little more privacy, consider dispersed camping in a national forest.

From ponderosa pine forests to barren expanses of stark red rock, the Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse forests in the country, and it offers lots of space for dispersed camping if you’re willing to look for it.

Be sure to check with the National Forest Service district offices for advice and maps that will help you find the perfect spot to camp, and check in on any current regulations, like campfire restrictions. Also, remember, camping on BLM land means you will have no services such as a water or bathrooms. Come prepared to be self-reliant and always follow Leave No Trace Principles.

Meg Sheff-Atteberry

Meg Sheff-Atteberry

Meg ditched her 9-5 career in pursuit of adventure. Now it’s her life’s work to inspire others to get outside and have an adventure. As a self-proclaimed mountaineer, she’s determined to explore the remote corners of the planet. She’d rather be dirty than done up. You can read her writing at Fox in the Forest