Stepping Stone to Heaven
Central Arizona Sacred Mountain Tour / Hike
stepping stone to heaven


Central Arizona's tallest Sacred Mountain,Duhl Ess Di Iss Kan, Mingus Mountain, is truly a stepping stone to heaven. It is the highest vista in the whole Verde Valley, a sacred place to the Yavapai and Tonto Apache.The Salish Indians of the Northwest have a word for a place like this: Skalalitud, "A Place Where Beauty and Magic are Seen Everywhere." From here you can see the red rock cliffs of Sedona radiant with sunlight, Sycamore Canyon and the San Francisco Peaks, "light always glitters on top", sacred to the Hopis and Navajos. From here you can touch the sky. This is one of the grandest views in the world that many visitors to Sedona miss.

This is the view from mingus across the valley to Sedona. I live at the base of Mingus. A wash runs down from to my house, channeling its sacred protective energy into my home. When you look up at mingus it is as if she is bowing her head and spreading her arms, blessing you. There is a peacefulness and tranquility that is gifted as you rest on her shoulders and breathe the sky. This journey is frequently incorporated with the Sacred Places Journey but can be done on its own. There is some hiking and in the winter the very top is closed to vehicles. I have some people who visit me several times a year and sacred Mingus is what calls them and where they want to go.
Keep in mind that all my offered experiences are private.
They are tailored to your interests and needs.

4 - 5 hours:

$125 per person (3 or more people)

$165 per person (2 people)

$285 (one person)

Soul Journeys






by Paul Tohlakai, Sacred Mountains Foundation
"If it is to be said that the Native Americans are spiritual, then their spirituality can only be described as their relationship to the natural world. This relationship begins with oneself, to others, the environment and ones view of the world and universe. This created a belief system through interpretations of Creation. Indigenous culture, or mother earth worship, thus evolved. Traditions or a Way of Life began.
Native people in North America sought an ideal state of being based on the quality of interaction with the natural world. This harmony and balance inspired a spiritual consciousness for each act in life. They were one and the same. All manifestations of life, our environment resulting from the union of Father Sky and Mother Earth, were deemed sacred and fragile.
For local tribes of the Pueblo, Apache, Navajo (Dineh), Ute and others, it was a paradise for gathering food and medicinal plants, hunting, ceremonies, and other gatherings. It was a place to waken the creative mind, body, and spirit. Until they were dispossessed, the Native people maintained the area here as a place for peaceful contemplation and resolutions.
The mountains in particular were viewed with awe and mystery. The Mountains are sacred to indigenous people. Pilgrimages are still made to the Sacred Mountains for medicine bundle renewal, rain, medicinal herbs and ceremonies by various tribes.
Nearby Mount Blanca is one such mountain. To the Dineh, it is called Sisnajinii, meaning “black sash trailing down”. The sash is the range extending from Blanca northward to include Crestone community. It is the revered eastern mountain of the Dineh cosmos. Blanca and three other cardinal direction mountains are mentioned as the pillars holding up the sky-universe in the Navajo spiritual geography. Together they form the boundary for the Southwest Medicine Wheel.
The Dineh cosmology is further represented in the building of traditional hogan. The creation of the Father Sky and Mother Earth is represented in the Hogan. Sisnajinii represents the mind opening door of the Hogan, where offerings for renewal and growth are made each new day at dawn. In this sacred manner, we greet each new day and all our relations. This cycle of life has no beginning and no end. "

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