Boynton Canyon Trail is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, AZ that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Boynton Canyon is one of the popular trails in Sedona. If you like red rocks this would be one of the perfect hikes. Great views! The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. One of the "votex" points in Sedona, Boynton Canyon is popular for both locals and visitors.
Love this hike. A must do every time we are in Sedona.
Easy to moderate, this hike is accessible to many fitness levels and offers incredible views. The trail is well marked with cairns and if hiking in summer, start out early as it gets hot fast!! The dry heat is pleasant to hike in and there is a vortex here but I didn't feel it sadly. There's some cool rock formations to climb if that's you're thing and if not then sit down in a sunny spot and take it all in! Keep an eye out for lizards...we saw plenty along the way, scurrying about and stunning themselves on the rocks.
Don't take this hike. The hike follows beside the new resort for about 2.5 miles. It will make you sick. Buildings built into the once beautiful red cliffs and above those water tanks! Along the way you will be exposed to barbed wire right up to the trail that is DANGEROUS to anyone who might lose their balance. Motion sensors, video cameras on the trail, automatic lights, noise, and at the end the payoff is simply not worth the effort and the danger, the hiker hatred, and the criminal treatment. Once again corporate greed has destroyed the environment. How this was allowed would be nice to expose, probably a contribution to the Clinton foundation.
A must hike every time I come to Sedona. It's mostly flat until the last little bit of the trail to the end. Pictures all the way until the end because it's beautiful but when you get to the end make sure you walk around on the rocks and not just stay in one spot.
We added Boynton Vista and this gets the hike off to the right start (also makes the resort feel less bothersome in the early part of the hike). The deeper into Boynton Canyon you go the more the scenery changes which makes this hike special. Don't stop short of the end! They'll be a sign to tell you when you get there. The last part of the hike may be a little challenging for some, but it's also the most rewarding. The vistas there are something you cannot get from below and are fantastic. There is even an area to the side of the End of Trail sign that you can walk on that has natural seating to relax on, have a snack, and take it all in.
Went at 8am on a Friday morning and there were very few people. As some reviewers recommended, I did the little vista offshoot trail first and was glad I did it first. Hiking by the resort was not bothersome to me. That's a short part of it and well worth it to get to the canyon which is BEAUTIFUL. Because I went early, I was in the canyon/vortex alone for about 45 min. It was lovely.
Overt pretty but the trail is a bit too easy. Bring water, it gets hot
Good hike... The resort off to the side on a portion of the trail was a bummer though.
Great Hike....didn't care for the portion along the Enchantment Resort, it was very rocky and way too close to the resort, but after about a mile it drops down into the canyon and you can enjoy the rest of the hike. Several cliff dwellings are visible from the trail, as well. We took our little Dachshund and she did just fine. Several good places to stop, rest, and take pictures. Great place to rest at the end on the ledge of the canyon. A little steep at the end, but overall a very easy trail. We also took the Boynton Vista trail off to the right at the beginning and it was also very spectacular. Do that segment in the beginning, because you will be too tired on the return trip down from the main trail.
Loved the trail itself, but I'm not gonna lie...with recent best sightings and me hiking alone, I was a little on edge. However, I invited myself to join the hike with a few couples on the trail, and turns out I met some amazing people
Loved this hike. Don't forget to stop & smell the Ponderosa Trees! Do the entire trail; it's worth it.
Great hike - pretty easy and a bit well-traveled but very nice. Ends at the base of awesome red rock cliffs which create a vortex of energy. Great meditation spot.
Excellent hike. Part of it goes behind the Enchanted Resort and also by some large private houses. This can be awkward especially if you see someone through their living room window. And yes, you are that close to them! The canyon is unassuming at first, but then rises up near the end of the hike creating a bowl around you. This is where one is supposed to turn around, however there is a steep trail where the canyon bowls, and you can take it to a ledge at the mid-line of the canyon wall. This is a nice spot to sit and eat lunch while enjoying the shade and steepness of the canyon on all sides. Fairly flat hike. One section of the trail is covered in beach sand and is thick with Manzanita bushes (not what people expect to encounter). Bring a jacket. Once within the narrow canyon it gets significantly colder.