Cathedral Rock can be a transcendent experience.
With a towering stone facade framed by stands of agave and topped with spires reaching heavenward—including one that some say resembles palms pressed together in prayer—Arizona's Cathedral Rock lives up to its name. Centuries ago, shamans sought healing here; these days, New Agers seek its vortex energy. But no matter what you believe, gazing upon this beautiful Sedona landmark is a spiritual experience. Glimpse the 924-foot-tall formation from Red Rock Crossing in Coconino National Forest, and you'll see the crimson cliffs and surrounding willows reflected in Oak Creek. As the sun arcs across the sky, the bands of sandstone—sedimentary layers born beneath an ancient sea—seem to change color, from bright orange to deep mahogany. Capture the image if you can, or just soak up the transcendent splendor.
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