This easy/moderate loop trail circles Airport Mesa offering wonderful views all around. This trail is unshaded and can be hot in the summer months. Early morning is highly recommended. The trail is also rocky in spots has some narrow sections.
Hiking Distance: From the Airport Road parking area, about 3.3 miles round trip (add another 1.0 mile if hiking the Tabletop Trail). Add another 1.2 miles if hiking from the Airport Vista parking lot (use the Sedona View Trail (0.6 miles) to get to the Airport Loop Trail).
Viewing Tip: Look to the east for the “Twin Buttes and south for Cathedral Rock. Include the short Tabletop Trail for a view of Sedona’s “Pyramid”. On the north side of the loop enjoy spectacular views of Thunder Mountain, Chimney Rock and Coffee Pot Rock.
Directions: There are two ways to access this trail. From the Visitor Center, 331 Forest Road, turn right on 89A for 1.0 miles; turn left on Airport Rd for 0.5 miles to free Airport Saddle parking; continue 0.5 miles to Airport Vista parking lot ($3 parking fee).
Parking: 9 spaces plus 1 hadicap
Amenities: Pet friendly (leash required) but unshaded. Take in the amazing view to the north from the Airport Vista Overlook.
Difficulty: Easy / Moderate