Sedona's airport may not handle the big jets of a Sky Harbor, LAX or O'Hare, but we've got one thing those busy hubs can't match: Runways surrounded by red rock views that can send your spirit soaring whether or not you're holding a boarding pass.
Airport Loop Trail is a three-and-a-half mile circular path around Airport Mesa - 360 degrees of blissful visibility. There are sensational views in practically every direction, with a bonus for those seeking a more ethereal plane: The walk takes you past one of Sedona's seven vortex sites, said to sit at the top of the hill above the parking area. Just don't expect an air traffic controller to guide you in: The spot is unmarked, but maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones. If you feel the energy, you're found the right place.
The panoramic views as you follow the loop afford sweeping views of West Sedona and some of the town's most famous red rock formations, including Coffee Pot Rock, Capital Butte, Wilson Mountain and Munds Mountain. Prepare to be awed.
The Loop trail begins to the right of the vortex site; the trail is a bit rocky and footing is at an angle most of the way, so make sure you wear hiking boots. Eventually, you'll come upon a grave marked by a cross with the word "Bandit" inscribed on it. According to local lore, a hiker's pooch died at the spot and was buried where he fell. It's touching to think his master laid him to rest in such a magnificent spot.
Any soul who'd get to spend eternity here is one lucky dog.
DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy 89A south of the "Y" approximately 1.1 miles. Turn left onto Airport Rd. Continue ahead approximately half a mile, then turn left into parking area. A Red Rock Pass is required for parking.