I Can See for Miles and Miles and Miles:
Airport Loop Trail
Hello Trail Tracers! A quick, special edition blog about my visit (sans my Trail Tracing partner – I cry!) to Sedona, Arizona.
One of my jobs entails my going to Mesa, Arizona at the end of August each year. Now you might be thinking, “Isn’t it really hot in Arizona in August?” The answer to that question would be a resounding yes, it is usually very (very!) hot. But August is the yearly visit month (and they do air conditioning very well in Arizona!), so I go!
I’ve wanted to visit Sedona for a while so, after taking care of business, I headed north for a day trip. About 30 minutes into my drive, it started to rain. What? And, the rain followed me north all the way to Sedona. Maybe this wouldn’t be the best day for hiking?
Since it was raining, I had some spare time. I visited the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, and had a lovely chat with “Dave” about my ideas for a couple of hikes. Dave suggested since this was my first visit to Sedona and since I didn’t know when I would return, to get the most “bang for my buck” I should hike the Airport Loop Trail. The operative word for this hike would be “views”!
After my visit to the Visitor Center, since it was still raining, I decided to look for a new pair of light-weight hiking shoes. After a quick Yelp search, I decided to visit The Hike House. Not only is it a great store with a very helpful staff, but their website is a great resource for trails and other hiking related resources.
After leaving the store, I checked my weather app and saw that it wasn’t raining at Red Rocks State Park which is just outside of town. So that’s where I headed. Here are a few pictures.
Pretty awesome, right?
For anyone interested, following is some information regarding the “house” situated on an amazing viewpoint at Red Rocks State Park – House of Apache Fires.
After departing from Red Rocks State Park, my next stop was for a quick bite to eat before heading to the Airport Loop Trail. I ended up at Tamaliza and, I must say, they make delicious tamales.
Airport Loop Trail…Dave was right; the views during the hike were amazing. Here are a few pictures.
And, a video.
FYI – The elevation of Sedona is 4,350. As a comparison, Moab (which we visited in June 2017) is 4,026, and the Grand Canyon is 6,804. I’m happy to report that my recent exercise regime appears to have paid dividends as I never really felt winded (out of shape!) during either of my hikes. When we visited Moab in 2017, I was, to put it bluntly, sucking wind!
If you’ve never been to Sedona, go! We – me and my Trail Tracing partner – will definitely be returning!
find a trail ~ find your path