Airport Mesa

This loop trail gives you panoramic views of Sedona's best-known red rock landmarks (plus the occasional thrill of getting buzzed by vintage aircraft). There is also a short detour to a mini-mesa that's a popular vortex spot.

Trailhead:  From the 89A / 179 "Y" ... take 89A west 1.1 mile;
turn left on Airport Road for 0.5 miles;
parking lot is on your left.
Length: 3..5 miles (loop)   Elevation change: 200 ft
Notes: (1) First half of the loop gets broiling hot in summer, and slippery after a rain.
(2) At the parking area there is an unmarked tangle of paths. Stay to the right to find the Loop Trail sign.

hiking trail map: airport mesa loop, sedona

The Hike

(Clockwise around the Airport Mesa Loop trail)


little airport mesa
Mini-Mesa (vortex site)


courthouse butte and bell rock
Courthouse Butte and Bell Rock
(tilt your head to the right to see a profile of a face)


cathedral rock
Cathedral Rock


biplane landing at sedona airport
Trail climbs up under the end of the runway
at the halfway point


cockscomb     chimney rock
Cockscomb and Chimney Rock


capitol butte (thunder mountain)
Capitol Butte


coffeepot rock     the fin and steamboat rock
Coffeepot Rock, and The Fin (a.k.a. Ship Rock) and Steamboat Rock


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