Fay Canyon Trail

EASY 44 reviews
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Fay Canyon Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, AZ that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.3 miles 210 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

Good canopy and cool canyon bottom make for an excellent hike. Trail is a loose red powder. Some rocky parts where the trail crosses an old dry / seasonal creek bed. DO WATCH OUT FOR BEARS.

hiking
12 days ago

Pretty easy hike with majority being in the shade. Good hike for kids. When you reach the end of the trail, there's an opportunity to walk further into the canyon. The climbing from there becomes much more difficult and steep. Great views the higher you climb.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail is well maintained and has a good variety of vegetation and fun offshoots. The trail itself is very short and manageable for young children. Beyond the trail, climbing up the huge rock formation at the end was by far the best part. The views from the top are incredible. I highly recommend this trail as an easy, short jaunt. Be warned that it gets busy on the weekends, but there is lots of overflow parking available.

15 days ago

easy but great...especially for first timers

1 month ago

Beautiful with lots of sand easy footing great for family's with kids of all ages

hiking
1 month ago

After climbing cathedral rock and devils bridge in the morning this was anticlimactic; however we took a side trail (not at all well marked) to the right of the trail just past the halfway mark up to a natural arch which made this very easy trail much more interesting! There is also a short scramble up after the trail ends where if you get above the tree line you can get a great view back into the Canyon

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

So pretty! Easy trail with moderate traffic. Scenery is spectacular! Will do again and take more time to slow down to take it in better.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Real nice easy hike

hiking
2 months ago

ABOUT THE TRAIL
Easy there and back trail that starts with flowers and bushes, goes through trees near a dry creek (maybe not always dry?), and finishes past the "Maintained Trailhead" upon the side of a mountain, overlooking the valley below. The end of the trail requires a bit more effort but not too difficult. Others have called it a "scramble" and that sounds about right to me.

ABOUT THE VIEW
Breathtaking. Don't miss it - keep moving until you get to the semi-flat area where you can sit and enjoy. We all agree this is the part of the hike that made it one of our favorite Sedona hikes.

STUFF TO KNOW
You'll park in the parking lot across the street from the beginning of the trailhead. Well marked. Small restroom facility in parking lot. We didn't see too many people; less than at the more popular trails like Devil's Bridge. According to the park website, a red rock pass is NOT required for this trail.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

The best part of this trail by far is scrambling up the rocks past the "End of Maintained Trail" signs for some epic views. We spent about 45 minutes on the actual trail, and almost as much time exploring the side of the bluff at the end. Amazing hike!

3 months ago

Totes epic for an easy trail. I'm all about the reward at the end of the trail and this one was amazing.

3 months ago

Easy hike with nice views.

hiking
3 months ago

It's definitely an easy one but some great views. It's a good 'starter' hike for Sedona.

6 months ago

Great trail for beginners. Such beauty! You will not be disappointed!

hiking
6 months ago

A very easy and great trail for families with little ones. the wife and I took our kids there yesterday and it was great. The only slightly disappointing thing is at the end of the path you end up with really not much of a view. Overall, it was a great hike a d would do it again!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail for all skill levels. If you feel adventurous you can take one of three excursions off the main trail for some fantastic vantage points. The arch trail is on the right about 0.6 miles in. Another branch to the right further up the main trail goes to some cool column rock formations. At the end of the main trail you can climb up the canyon wall and follow a fairly worn trail to the back of the canyon. Amazing views if you are willing to stray off the main path.

hiking
6 months ago

Simply beautiful! Got a thunderstorm in the bargain. I gave it 4 stars because there was no waterfall.

7 months ago

Easy hike. Great views. Half way there is a side trail up to a small cathedral that is worth the hike. Problem there is no sign posting.