Airport Mesa
Airport Mesa
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  • Rashid F
    Alpharetta, Georgia61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best sunset view of Sedona
    Sedona is a lovely scenic town surrounded by amazing rock formations and one of the best place to enjoy this view is Airport Mesa. It's just a 5-10 min drive uphill from the crossing at Highway 89A and airport road. Just follow the signs and park at designated area. Then stroll across to the viewpoint which may get a bit crowdy during the time the sun goes down. Parking per day is just $3 and gives you access to hiking trails nearby and the sunset view of the mountains changing colors around Sedona!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Laurie C
    Matthews, North Carolina98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunset, Sunset, Sunset!!!
    Sunset, Sunset, Sunset!! Definitely the place to be at day’s end! You and about 100 other onlookers so be aware to stake your place! $3 to park but worth it. Plan ahead and make reservations for dinner at the Mesa Grill further up the hill.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Doug L
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice alternative in an overly touristy area
    Kudos to my spouse for insisting on trying to find a vortex! Not sure we did, but we had an amazing hike around Sedona airport. This is one of those hidden gems: a free trail, but made more exclusive by its limited parking. Fortunately, by the time we drove to the top, wandered around near the airport, and drove back down, a spot had opened up. The trail was allegedly just over 3 miles (5.07 km by my GPS) and took us just over 90 minutes. It was steep in some areas, but the trails were well-trodden, and I never felt uncertain. Not always well-marked, but the trail was easy to discern from constant use. The views of Sedona were pretty spectacular. A great way to get out of the car and experience nature.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 February 2024
  • Curious G
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a quick stop, especially for a quick trip!
    We had most of one day and an overnight in Sedona on our way from Page to Phoenix. It was beautiful driving south along the scenic routes. After stopping in town for lunch at Pumphouse Station Urban Eatery, we drove up to Airport Mesa. We opted just to do the overlook at the top, not the hike. It was easy to find the parking lot. Just follow the road all the way up and you can't miss it on the left. It cost $3 to park. VERY reasonable considering the prices at most parks, sites, and restaurants in AZ. We crossed the road (see pic) to the overlook which is a wide gravel area. There is not a fence at the edge, so beware. It's a good place to get a beautiful view of the whole Sedona landscape.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
  • budzy829
    Henderson, Nevada685 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The View of Sedona from the West
    Glad we went here this time, the view of Sedona from the west is beautiful too! TIP: Make sure to arrive early to secure parking near the overlook. Otherwise, parking will be on the way up which requires a bit of a hike. We didn't expect the hike so we weren't prepared but enjoyed every bit of it.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 May 2024
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Jen
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We were told by our Pink Jeep Tour Guide, Lucien, that Airport Mesa was a great spot to see the sunset and also get the best full view of Sedona at the same time. It was no joke. It is absolutely breathtaking and there are a lot people who will join you at the top to watch/
Written 13 August 2021
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Robert Dalip
Atlanta, GA8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Sunset at the Airport Mesa was amazing about 3-4$ to park at the airport parking lot was worth it, the views were over 180 degrees of valley and red rocks. There are trails to get you away from the crowds, and there are lots of people at sunset!
I’m so in love with Nature despite it was very Hot but time spent There Was worth it ......It’s wonderful to go on the trail and enjoy the changing scenery.
Written 17 December 2020
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Ladyleo_9lives
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A short easy hike from the parking located .6 miles away take the rock stairs to the top of the big red rocks. Known for it’s vortex many there had mixed comments on whether they felt it. I certainly felt a peaceful calm. Nonetheless, at the top you’ll get stunning views of most of the surrounding hot spots. Cathedral Rock and Bell rock amongst my faves.

Note: Due to construction and one way traffic coming in from Flagstaff prepare for an added wait!
Written 18 February 2020
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Mgustpt
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
Park halfway up at the little parking area and walk up the rock for some breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset. Keep in mind the sun rises in the east and behind some mountains/rocks so don’t expect to see the sun coming up from the horizon here. The beauty is later when the sun comes up over the rocks and “paints” the rocks around you with a beautiful pink glow!!

For sunset you can go to the same spot or go to the top and park for $3 and walk across the toad for some awesome views!! Here’s my sunset pics.

Also for people who like trails there are some trails that you can access from lower parking area that take you around the rock. We did this one morning and saw a nice sunrise.
Written 16 November 2020
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Sherie D
67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Lovely views of Sedona, though expect huge crowds for the road and the space if you head up around sunset. While there are two off-road parking nooks along the road, pay the $3 and park up at the top of the Mesa. You'll have a less-frustrating experience finding a park, navigating the people, and it's worth it to not arm-wrestle for parking spaces on the side of a mountainy road. Pack a picnic, and plan to hang out until at least some of the crowd thins.
Written 20 February 2020
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natster6
Peru, IL66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We had read to take a drive on Airport Rd. for some great views... but were surprised to find a scenic viewing deck area with a parking lot. We paid $3 to park across the road and joined a bunch of people who had gathered to watch the sunset. The sunset was not great that evening, as there were clouds. But we really enjoyed looking back over towards West Sedona where we were staying. We were shocked to see how dinky the Sugarloaf Mtn looked in front of Thunder Mountain. We had hiked up to the peak of Sugarloaf the day before and really felt like we had climbed high... ha, ha... relatively, not so high after all!
Written 10 March 2022
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Bee80204
Denver, CO5,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
We drove up the road to the Sedona Airport. Halfway up there’s a small parking area with a trailhead. And at the top a paid parking area where the trail to the Airport Mesa Vortex is located. It’s a 3.3 mile loop with views of the rock formations - Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock included. The parking fee is $3 and there’s a booth with an associate collecting fees. When the booth is not manned, there’s a collection box. You are not allowed to park overnight in the lot. There’s also no sidewalk so walking from the top parking lot down to the other trailhead is not advised. Porta potties are available. And there’s a map and information signage.
On the other side of the road, there’s an overlook with a flagpole dedicated to Bedford L. Griggs, Jr., Sedona airport’s first airport ambassador. There are some telescopes available which need coins for payment. The view is breathtaking. The colors and majestic formations. It can get quite crowded so come early to avoid crowds. Be careful driving as not everyone stays in their lane on the road.
Written 26 February 2022
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aclora
East Rutherford, NJ59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Although we only went up to the lookout to catch the sunset, it was a perfect view. You can take in all of Sedona from up there. The view is truly magical.

Parking is $3.00 and is only about a 30 foot walk from the lookout. Definitely work checking out.
Written 15 March 2020
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Sammy
Wellesley, MA38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Get here early so you can park at first pull out going up road. There is another lot at the top for $3.00 parking... but it's 0.6 mile down to loop. It can be taxing to finish the loop and still have over half mile uphill climb back to car. (5 miles total) I recommend doing the loop clockwise and early in the day. It gets hot and little shade on the Sedona side. It goes all around the airport mesa. A fairly long but great hike with great views! Take Water and a snack. I wish they would add mile markers, just to keep track of where you are. We were stumped and kept thinking we were closer to turns than we were. Great trail... a few close dropping edges, but not concerning. Highly recommend.
Written 23 February 2020
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Jeramie
Marion, IL1,278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Airport Mesa offers some tremendous views and beautiful sunsets. If you hike the trail, TAKE WATER! It becomes very crowded at dusk and free parking is minimal. Paid parking is only $3 so not a big deal.
Written 20 September 2021
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