Airport Loop Trail

#14 of 198 trails in coconino national forest
Airport Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile loop trail located near Sedona, AZ that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles 393 feet Loop
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Felicity Macdonald

30 Completed31 Reviews

Nicole Yates

5 Completed7 Reviews

Incredible! Meditation with cousin for over an over laying on rocks! Most impeccable peaceful moment ever!

Eddie D.

Pretty easy loop. Cool view at the top, but many more trails I found to be much better than this one. Altho this is one of the 4 main vortexes, so I had to check it out!

Rebecka Read

9 Completed9 Reviews

Isabella McBride

1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful hike. The panoramic views were spectacular and parts of the hike were still and a perfect chance for meditation. We went on a Monday morning around 7:30 am and only one parking spot was left. I would go earlier next time to hike by 6:30 am before the heat kicks in. We were lucky a cloud cover moved in.

Andy Wing

32 Completed30 Reviews

easy hike, went there for the vortex trees.

Had a great experience when a USAF C 17 flew over us, what a great experience for me and the kids.

Victor B.

It was great for meditation.

Lisa Fagley

49 Completed33 Reviews

Ap Harris

9 Completed7 Reviews

I truly enjoyed this trail. I hiked it on my second day of hiking and the views were amazing.

Nadia Skye

2 Completed1 Reviews

Personally I like a hike that gets you out of society and into nature. You will always hear evidence of human activity no matter where on the loop you are. That being said, it is an EXCELLENT way to see Sedona if you're new in town or visiting. I would highly recommend bringing a map of the town so you can gather your bearings from each spot on the trail (look for the highways 89 and 179 and you'll start to be able to point out everything else).

For me, it wasn't the kind of "get outside and get your blood pumping" kind of hike that I look for. That's not to say it's easy, definitely bring enough water and expect to scuffle over some rocks. But it was good to do once, just for the views if nothing else.
As for the first overlook rock off of the main trailhead, I'll probably be spending plenty of time there in the future. It's supposedly a vortex site but wow you can tell why when you're up there. It's surreal and stunning and you really just have to do that one for yourself I can't explain it much better. Although that's somewhere just about anyone could get to, not really a hiking spot, just a 5 minute scramble up some rocks from the parking lot.

I did hike there though because I started the loop from the sunset trailhead off of, well, Sunset Dr. It's a lot quieter over there and a decent 30 minute hike to the vortex rock from there. Good spot, I think.