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6. Airport Mesa Loop

View of Sedona from the top of Airport Mesa
Growing up in the forests of Vermont, I didn’t even dream a place like this could exist outside of old-timey western movies. Well, it turns out those dramatic landscapes were filmed right here! Photo by Kenneth Hagemeyer licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Touch down at Airport Mesa for sweeping sun-soaked vistas

What if I tell you there’s a vantage point from which you can see the sunset’s low light reflected brilliantly by Sedona’s mineral-imbued sandstone?

The name of this place is Airport Mesa, a high flat-topped ridge with stellar views. It was renamed in the 1950s, from Table Top Mountain, when a small runway was built on top of it. 

Offering a spectacular 360 of the area and peaceful meditation spots for vortex chasers, this 3.2-mile loop circling the upper slope is attractive not only for its panoramas but also for the beautiful display of wildflowers. Unlike the trails we’ve covered so far, the Airport Mesa Loop Trail is not suitable for beginners as hiking in the Arizona sun through rocky, narrow, and scarcely shaded terrain is no easy task. Plenty of water and a reasonable level of fitness is a must. The good news is that you get airy sights all the way through.

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