There are an abundant number of locations, worldwide, which are said to be mystical. They are areas that provide visitors with a sense of religion, spirituality, and mystery. The Western part of the United States is home to several mystical locations. Most of these locations are areas with a great spiritual background and are focused in nature. People choose to visit these locations because it gives them a sense of healing and mystical connection with nature. Below you will find some of the top mystical locations you might wish to visit when you are in Western United States.
El Santuario de Chimayo
Located in New Mexico, this location a small adobe church, located in a village in Norther New Mexico. Many visit the church to seek healing, and leave the church with items if they believe they are cured. The walls of the church are actually covered with pictures and items left by past visitors. The history behind this location’s healing powers dates back to 1810, when the crucifix Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas (Our Lord of Esquipulas) was found. Because of this discovery, Pilgrims gather soil from the floor of the church, which are believed to provide individuals with curative powers. Today, visitors come to the welcome center to learn more about the history by visiting a museum with art exhibits and displays. Guests will also find a prayer tree in which they can write their own prayer to leave on the tree. For more information on vising El Santurario de Chimayo visit http://www.elsantuariodechimayo.us/Santuario/windex.html.
Shambhala Mountain Center
The Shambhala Mountain Center is located in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk, founded the center in 1971. It is located in the mountains above Fort Collins and spans across 600 acres of land. Several wisdom traditionalists, including Buddhist teachers, host hundreds of retreats and classes for those wish to learn personal health paths and deepen their awareness and transformation. They welcome individuals who are curious in understanding the nature of self and society. Shambhala Mountain Center provides a mystical location with natural beauty of bright blue skies and crisp mountain air. It is a wonderful place to visit for a weekend of spiritual healing provided by a warm and hospitable group of individuals. Additional information on programs, accommodations, and history can be found at the center’s website, http://www.shambhalamountain.org/.
Mt Shasta is a double peaked extinct volcano, rising over 10,000 feet, which is located in the Cascade Range of Northern California. It is the second largest volcano in the Cascade Range, and has attracted poets, authors, and ufo-watchers because it is known as a spiritual power center. The city of Mt Shasta is one that is up and coming, and is a top travel destination in the United States. According to their website, the city’s mission is to maintain the character of our “small town” community while striking an appropriate balance between economic development and preservation of our quality of life. Although this is a booming area, there are still mystical aspects that will make your visit amazing. Folks like to travel the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, which is a 500 mile journey from volcano to volcano. This 500 mile stretch starts at Lake Almanor in California and ends at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. Along the way, you can see the slopes of Mt. Shasta, the waterfalls over basalt cliffs at McArthur- Burney Falls Memorial State Park, and the remains of underground magma conduits at Lava Beds National Monument. With an amazing view of nature, the town of Mt. Shasta is a perfect place to visit.
Devils Tower is an amazing National Monument, located in Wyoming, surrounding the Black Hills. This is the first declared National Monument, which was established in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Northern Plains Tribes, including the Lakota, believe this location to be sacred, and have held several ceremonies at Devils Tower. Rituals include prayer offerings, sweat lodge ceremonies, and sun dances. Because of these rituals, Devils Tower is known for its spiritual vibe. Visitors can gain a sense of the traditions of the area, while discovering the sedimentary rock landscaping. Because of the landscape, including cracked rock, Devils Tower is a great location for rock climbing enthusiasts who wish to get in touch with nature. You can visit the National Park Service website at http://www.nps.gov/deto/index.htm, to learn more about how Devils Tower was formed, and specific rituals of different Native American tribes.
Located in Northern Arizona, Sedona is an area that provides visitors with a great outdoor experience. Most famous for its Red Rocks, the Sedona Canyon walls provide layers of mixed stone, including sandstone, limestone, and an igneous later of basalt stone. The red color of the Canyons has developed over time. The area is also surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, which are great for recreational activities, including hiking and biking. The beautiful views of this area make it one of the most amazing places to visit. Rock formations are so incredible to look at and ponder. Many will hike paths to view different rock formations and observe them for hours on end. This makes Sedona a very spiritual and mystical location for anyone who visits. The Sedona Chamber of Commerce provides wonderful travel information at their website, http://visitsedona.com/.
These locations are among the best in the country, if not the world. Each location allows individuals an escape of reality and a look into the peacefulness that the Earth holds. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city living and adventure what nature has to offer, these mystical locations will provide you with spirituality you may never knew existed.