Airport Mesa Hike in Sedona
Amazingly, there is a gorgeous hike right next to Sedona’s airport. During this hike you can see panoramic views of Sedona's best-known red rock formations from the north side. The hike begins with a steep drop off to the left so wear shoes with good traction. I recommend doing this hike in the evening. As the sun sets it blanketed the mountains in soft light and the cactus needles glow radiantly. There is also a short detour to a mini-mesa that's a popular vortex spot. Along this hike, there are large patches of green cactus, a stark contrast to the red rocks. Complimentary colors harmonious in nature. Be sure to bring a headlamp, or get back to your car before the sun falls. Sedona has laws set for no light pollution, so the city gets very dark at night.
Trailhead location: Airport Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336
Loop Trail Hike: 3.5 miles
Elevation change: 314 ft
Sedona is full of mystic and has a strong spiritual essence. We had the wonderful opportunity to led through Boyton Canyon by a friend of a friend who is a guide for Native American sites all throughout Sedona.
Riding ATVs or buggy's through the Sedona wilderness is exhilarating. The first trail led us to Palatki, site of Indian ruins and pictographs etched into the red rock walls. We moved along to Boynton Pass, where we zoomed through the colorful canyons, red rock pinnacles, and high mountains.
Amazingly, there is a gorgeous 3 mile loop right next to Sedona’s airport. During this hike you can see the Red Rocks from the north, opposite the view from Bell Rock. As the sun set it blanketed the mountains in soft light and the cactus needles radiantly glowed.
Our visit to Sedona was a much needed escape from the big bad city and into such a beautiful and calming environment. We explored and meditated, rode ATVs and attended a shaman breathworks ceremony. It was an eye opening experience in a magical and mystical city filled with red rocks.