Directions: From Uptown travel along 89A towards Cottonwood for 1.1 miles. Turn left onto Airport Mesa Rd and follow it for about 1/2 mile. When you see the dirt parking areas on the left, find a spot and enter the trail head. This is a very popular area so you'll want to arrive early to ensure you'll get a parking space. There is space for 6 - 7 cars at this location.
I headed out at 6:00 am to Airport Mesa on a cold and snowy morning the day after Christmas. It was a very short hike under 10 minutes to the Airport Mesa Vortex. I was amazed at the panoramic views in all directions. It was early so the clouds were still low on the horizon. I couldn't decide if they were enhancing or obstructing my view.
I'll share pictures from the top of the Airport Mesa Vortex since it was such a quick trek to the top. Scroll through the pictures below to see the different views.
I'll return to capture additional photographs on a crisp and clear early morning in late spring.