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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
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.
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.