Airport Loop

Sedona

Gorgeous loop around Airport Butte offering spectacular views of the valley.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
5.2 km
Ascent
132 m
Descent
133 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
1.4 km
High Point
1.4 km
Gradient
Airport Loop Map

The overlook of the Sedona valley from the flanks of Airport Butte is one of the most incredible vistas—and most easily accessible—you’ll find in Sedona. With a paved road to the trailhead and epic views after just a short walk up the hill, you could easily roll up, snap some photos, and move on. But the more adventurous will want to hike all the way around the top of the mountain.

Description

The beginning of this loop yields the best views as it wraps around the ridge on a slickrock shelf, with some significant exposure. If you’re not interested in hiking the entire loop, you could easily hike an out-and-back on this section.

Soon, the trail begins to ascend, with the trail tread getting even rougher and rockier. No obstacles will require the use of hands to navigate, but the Airport Loop is most definitely not a smooth route.

The back side of the loop drops into a lush forested area—a rarity in Sedona. The trail is still rocky, but slightly less so than on the front side.

Finally, you’ll finish the route on a smooth downhill back to the trailhead. This quick loop is easy to access and is stunningly-beautiful, making it one of the most popular hikes in Sedona.

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Family friendly

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