Airport Loop Hike

Summary: This hike circles the Sedona airport.

Challenge Level:  Moderate

Hiking Distance:  Approximately 3.25 miles around, but add another 1.0 mile if you hike the Tabletop Trail and another 0.8 mile if you hike from the Bandit Trail

Trailhead Directions:  There are two ways to access this trail. The main trailhead is located approximately 1/2 mile up the Airport Road. Airport Road is approximately 1 mile west of the "Y" roundabout (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179). There is parking for about a dozen vehicles here. The secondary trailhead is located on Shelby Drive, for the Bandit Trail. Shelby Drive is approximately 1 1/2 miles west of the "Y". Go south on Shelby Drive. Just past the Sedona Recycles building, Shelby turns left. The parking is on the right. Hike the Bandit Trail until it intersects the Airport Loop Trail. Continue in a clockwise direction on the Airport Loop Trail.

 Description:  As you circle the Sedona Airport there are good views all around, except for the fact that you'll be looking into the sun on the south side of this circular hike, which makes photographs a challenge. But this hike provides great views of Cathedral Rock. Be sure to hike the Tabletop Trail about 0.5 mile to its end. There seems to be a pyramid-shaped red rock formation out at the end of the Tabletop Trail. Were we visited by aliens many thousands of years ago????  The hike provides nice views of Coffeepot Rock on the north side of the hike. Here is a link to a video of a Airport Loop hike (

From the Airport Road trailhead, it is a short hike to the vortex located here. See the Airport Vortex Hike.

Note: The Airport Loop Trail is very rocky and there are steep drop-offs on the south side of Airport Mesa. Don't attempt this hike if a narrow trail and steep drop-offs are a problem.


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Guest Photos:

        Here are photos by Tom Solon

Here is a photo by Vince Resor   

Here is a photo by Eric Murphy of Colorado Springs   

 For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.  

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