Chapel of the Holy Cross
Our first stop in Sedona today was a trip to the Chapel of the Holy Cross. An architectural wonder! There is lots to read on it’s history on Wikipedia but nothing prepares you for actually seeing this wonder. Or at the very least, the views from the chapel. We didn’t take any pictures of the interior out of respect for those who were praying inside.
Airport Mesa Trail
Afterwards we drove up to the Sedona Airport (KSEZ) and walked about 1/4 of the airport loop trail. The trail circumnavigates the runway down on the side of the mesa and provides stunning views of the red rocks surrounding Sedona. There is a parking lot just outside the airport where you can park for $3.00. However, (pro tip) you can continue just past that lot and you come to the airport parking lot which is free and only adds about 100 steps to your hike.
The trail drops one or two hundred feet before joining up with the main loop trail. It’s VERY rocky so watch your step. Otherwise it’s an easy hike. Down at the airport loop trailhead there is a rock with a trail and steps leading to the top of it. It’s called the Sedona Trail View Point on Google. Think mini-Half Dome. We climbed to the top of that and found the most stunning views of Sedona. The airport loop trail was a let down after this rock
After eating lunch at the top of the rock we headed back up the trail to the airport. The downhill hike we had enjoyed had now turned into a longer uphill hike. Luckily I found a shortcut to the airport frontage road which cut a lot of time off our hike. We found the airport terminal to use some CLEAN restrooms and then headed back down to town.
Just when we thought we were done taking pictures…
Tomorrow is our last day in Sedona. We’re going to go back to our favorite places in town (which will most likely include Starbucks) and just chill.