posted on Aug, 6 2010 @ 12:44 PM
Having lived in Sedona for several years and hiked it's many beautiful canyons and mesas, I have a few suggestions:
Firs, be prepared for all of the, ahem, 'extreme' viewpoints from all sides of the aisle regarding UFOs, New Age stuff, and the like. There is no
question Sedona is a hotbed of activity in this regard, and, consequently draws throngs of visitors and residents alike eager to 'share their
beliefs' with all passerby. It can get tiresome after awhile, especially when you are seeking some R&R or healthy scenery while hiking and are
stopped for yet another lecture by strangers with a "story" to tell.
When hiking around the canyons, you will see all sorts of 'markers' that these believers have left behind, such as stone cairns, graffiti, and crude
scrapes and symbols on stone faces -a sad reflection of humanity destroying the natural environment in an effort to 'convince' others that the magic
'is real'. While living there, I've had more than one encounter with tourists who were absolutely sure they 'discovered' evidence that an
ancient civilization (e.g., the Anastazi) left a hidden message about aliens because they saw some marking on a stone that looked a lot like a
"grey's head and body'.
Boynton Canyon is loaded with caves and unusual rock features, many that still have artifacts and old Native American relics in them (pottery shards
and such). Please, please resist the temptation to disturb or remove them. It is not only against the law (the Antiquities Act is strongly enforced
in Arizona) but also immensely inconsiderate to others who may come to experience the canyons after you not to mention the disrespect it shows toward
the ancient cultures that once lived there.
Boynton Canyon dead-ends and really is more of a giant horse-shoe shaped cut into a part of the geologic formation know as the Mogollon Rim. The best
way to experience it is to drive in past the Enchantment Resort (which was a HUGE controversy itself before finally getting approved to build), park
your car and then hike the large loop trail.
They have several 4-wheel drive jeep tour operators in Sedona, and one of them, Pink Jeep Tours used to go into Boynton Canyon, though I;m not sure if
they still do so (more controversy about that I remember). Anyway, if your not up to a strenuous hike, taking one of these jeep tours is an option.
The added 'benefit' is that the jeep tour drivers usually know a lot about the history of the area, though I understand they have a tendency to
"color" their narration a bit to gain a few laughs and gasps from their audience.
If you are hunting for visible UFO activity, there are two suggestions I can make:
One is that the best place to view potential activity over Boynton Canyon is NOT in the canyon itself, but rather from the road leading up to the
Sedona Airport which sits on a mesa opposite and south of Boynton Canyon. Drive up the airport road along the face of the cliff at dusk, and pull
over just before turning left to the airport property near the top of the mesa. Look to the north toward Sedona and Boynton Canyon and you'll see
the most glorious view imaginable after sunset - and perhaps you'll be lucky enough to spot some lights in the sky with curious characteristics!
A second great vantage point is from Schnebly Hill road toe the east of town. As you drive up the road you'll see several turn-offs with exceptional
views of Sedona and the skies above.
One final note: IMO, Boynton Canyon is over-rated and now highly commercialized as the 'story' has taken on a life of its own. Remeber also, that
though the area all around Sedona is breathtaking in its beauty, that it is mainly a tourist/resort destination, and the place is loaded with tourist
shops, restaurants, and related activities, all of which have a very strong incentive to "keep the dreams alive" regarding UFOs, Vortex anomalies,
and such. Everyone in town will tell you that Sedona is the center of the Universe regarding these things and that they have lots of kitsch and yarns
to sping as you sip your cocktail and contemplate yet another tee shirt to keychain to 'remember your experience by.
That said, I have a few of my own favorite places in the Sedona area that don't cost anything and that I 'feel' are much closer to actually
experiencing what you are after. The ones I am willing to share here include the canyon up the West Fork of Oak Creek on hwy 89A north of town, The
hills and mesa above Page Springs west of town, around the town of Jerome and Mingus Mountain area, also further west of Sedona, the old ruins on the
cliff face know as Montezuma Castle, among a few others.
My best kept secret and favorite place to get the "experience", shared only here for my ATS pals: Sycamore Canyon to the northwest of Sedona.
Sycamore Canyon is loaded with history and is a very rugged, almost impenetrable area that has made "the hair on my neck stand up" on several
occasions. You can get to it from Hwy 89A through the small town of Clarkdale just west of Sedona, but the best access to the most magical recesses
of the canyon can only be reached by driving through Flagstaff, west to Winslow, then south to WhiteHorse ranch/campground. From there take the
forest road as far south as you can to the upper edge of the cliffs above Sycamore Canyon. Then, if you are fit and able, climb down into the canyon
for an experience you'll never forget... be sure you are well prepared and someone knows where you are going. Note that this is the place that
supposedly some Spanish conquistadors got lost/attacked by Indians, and also a popular legend area for buried treasures, lost gold mines, and also
where Geronimo tried to escape with his band of merry-makers -all in addition to having UFO reports, hidden bases and alien activity, among other
things. Caution - when I was living in the area rumors persisted (and some actual reports) of hikers and treasure-seekers and such going in there and
never being heard from again...
Best bet: just drive up to the top of the Airport road and take your camera and some refreshments and drive back down to your hotel after an hour or
so of ...waiting.
Good luck and have fun!