There is no other hike in the Sedona area that offers such awe-inspiring views as the Sedona Airport Mesa Loop Trail. It offers hikers a 360-degree panorama with views of almost every major red-rock landmark along the perimeter at an elevation of 4,500 feet.
Heading toward the trailhead, you will see the Mini-Mesa directly to the north, which is believed to be the site of a Sedona vortex. Either at the beginning or end of the hike, you will want to take the easy climb to the top of the Mini-Mesa, and experience first-hand the sensations reported by many about the vortex. Some believe that a vortex is an area of concentrated energy rising from the earth. Others believe that the vortex is a portal for celestial and terrestrial spirits, and believe they feel a range of sensations from a slight tingling on exposed skin, to a vibration emanating from the ground. People report that often, a vortex is felt by palpable sensation across the nape of the neck and the shoulder blades. They also believe that Sedona has several vortex or power spots, making it a highly sought-after spiritual and metaphysical destination.
Access: The trail can be accessed from Airport Road. The parking lot is on the left about .5 miles from Highway 89A.
Length: The Airport Mesa Loop Trail is approximately 3.5 miles, and if you hike the Table Top Trail at the south end of the Mesa, it adds another mile to the hike.
Rating: The Airport Loop Trail is rated as easy to moderate. However, during the summer, it can get very hot and hikers should prepare accordingly. Following rainstorms or snowstorms, the trail can be slippery in places; a few short sections of the trail lie along steep ledges. Hikers are encouraged to always bring enough water, and a minimum of two quarts is recommended, especially during the summer months.
Use: Heavy year round, not only because this is among the most scenic of Sedona hikes, but also because it's considered a Sedona vortex site.
Season: Year round, but during the summer months, hikers should wear protection from the sunr. During winter months, one must exercise caution if the trail is icy or muddy in places.
Hiking Time: Varies, but the above-described hike should take approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.