“You have to go to Sedona!”
We heard this a lot on the trip. Nobody ever really said why or what there is to do there, just ” It’s so Cool! You have to go!”
So we did.
We did get one recommendation though, go to the Buddha Stupa.
And we did.
I had no idea what this stupa was, just that I figured I should go, why not? It was the perfect quick addition to the portion of our road trip in Arizona.
Turns out it’s a peace park. The new hot spot, or vortex, of Sedona. Apparently, vortexes are a big thing here, but I still can’t say I know why. I’ll have to look into that. This is a stupa that people visit daily for healing, meditation, and relaxation.
Under the main stupa is a little explanation of what to do and not do.
It’s hard to put into words what it was like here. It was very peaceful, it’s a peace park of course. But, we were also here with only a few other people that were also being pretty respectful. Most of what you heard was the hundreds of prayer flags flapping in the wind and the crunch of gravel under your feet.
There is a trail that goes around the edge to a smaller stupa with more offerings from visitors, just like under the main one. It’s an easy hike taking only a few minutes, nothing strenuous. Even if you aren’t religious, it’s an interesting place to see and worth the stop whether it’s ten minutes or two hours.
How to get to the Amitabha Stupa from Sedona
It’s just a ten-minute drive from the main road in Sedona to the Amitabha Stupa. It was pretty easy to find and there was street parking near the entrance.
Here is the address: 2650 Pueblo Drive, Sedona, AZ 86336
How much is the Amitabha Stupa?
It is free but donations are always accepted.
When is the Amitabha Stupa open?
Daily 7 AM – 6 PM or dawn until dusk.
Other things to know about the Amitabha Stupa:
- Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome
- You can leave an offering and walk aorund the stupa three times, as is custom.
- You can either hike to it on a series of trails or just drive to it. You will be driving through residential neighborhoods. Don’t worry, you’re probably going the right way.
- You don’t have to spend too much time here. It’s a great place to stop on your way in or out of town. Or after a long day of hiking in Sedona.
Have you been to Sedona? Did you go to the Amitabha Stupa? What did you think of it?