Boynton Canyon Trail

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Boynton Canyon Trail is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
810 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

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.

hiking
15 days ago

Whoo-ee is this trail in the sun. I mean I can't really blame the trail, I started at noon, in June (what a goon!). But if you're thinking maybe it wont all be exposed, save that optimism for another trail. To be fair, the last half is more wooded and shaded. The initial part does go along a resort, but I didn't notice the noise or disruption others mentioned. The hike itself is kind of cool..the tall red rock walls on either side are really nice to look at. Every time I got less than impressed with the hike I would look up and be back into it. There were no spectacular moments, and to be honest, I'm not sure there's any scenery you couldn't see on a shorter canyon hike, so I don't know about the bang for the buck on the 6-mile round trip. But the rock outcroppings are neat as you go. And I found myself liking the hike more on the way back (maybe because you know you're on the way back..). Not my favorite hike in the area but was only about 2.5 hours total, so not too time intensive either

hiking
16 days ago

Great, long trail through the woods. Lots of amazing sights. We thought the end of he trail was the vortex but the vortex is actually closer to the beginning of the trail. Still great for a hike later in the day because of the shading.

1 month ago

Great hike for a quick fix if you’re running tight on time. Great vortex action which is accessible for all levels. Excellent 360 views, good angle on Enchantment.

hiking
1 month ago

Started early morning pre 7 am) and had the trail to ourselves for the first hour or so. For the first 1.5 miles there is no tranquility as you pass the resort and homes... blaring pan flute music, generators and loud conversations spoil the hike through this section (both ways)... once past the homes the Canon's energy will fill you up... gorgeous views and peacefulness abounds. Our return hike was characterized by the heavy flow of "traffic". We passed groups of hikers heading up every few minutes. This is a very heavily used trail, even early morning on a weekday.

1 month ago

Started this hike at 7am and got back to the car at 1120. This includes going off to the Vortex Vista and then Continuing to the top. It’s not a difficult hike, just lengthy and it feels like youll never get to the end. But when you do it opens up to a beautiful valley. The only part I hated about this hike is the first part is right next to the resort and other homes. So there’s noise and the homes just ruin some of the scenery.

1 month ago

First hike in Sedona. Beautiful, but I'm looking for something that gets me to a higher view :)

hiking
2 months ago

Had the end of the trail all to ourselves on a Saturday morning- started around 8. Saw wildlife and wildflowers, the red rocks are breath taking. The first little bit along the resort is a little annoying with truck noise, but the rest was tranquil and peaceful.

2 months ago

Started at 9am. Cool and refreshing in the valley. Beautiful views of the canyon walls. The ‘resort’ part was not bad at all. Mostly hidden. In the distance the flute tones filled the valley. Very peaceful. The end and the ascent went well and the final ledge view was magnificent. The way back down became hot. Finished around 1 in blazing sun. Start early. Enjoyed by our group including two grade schoolers.

2 months ago

Enjoyed the canyon trail with a good mix of gentle and mildly challenging. The last push the the trail end is a bit more arduous, but the views are worth it.

2 months ago

Great trail

hiking
3 months ago

So yesterday, myself and my amazing dude/partner in crime/companion in living hiked around this trail. I say AROUND the trail, because no trail can contain our adventurous souls. We scrambled up some treacherous slopes to explore some ****classified**** and open our hearts while basking in the beautiful golden sun. We dissuaded and then encouraged each other to climb to the top of a towering spire, because we aspire to, and inspire each other to, live. Never be afraid to reach new heights, and make sure whoever you bring along will challenge and help you to do just that. Never be afraid to challenge and help that person in the same way as well. The birds flying through the canyon above will remind you how amazing it is to live free; the rich history of the natives will make you feel connected to the original way of life we come from- pure, simple, natural, brave. Watch out for Gila monsters and Godzilla lizards. After this hike, my skin is a shade darker, my heart is an ounce lighter, and my appreciation for this world, this place, and this human being is still immeasurable!
Do something today that someone like you would be inspired by.
If you’re not living, you’re dying.
WHATCHA GONNA DO?!
-lauren rose :-)

hiking
3 months ago

Very beautiful a few miles in.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike beautiful

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Terrain is varied-there are a few rocky portions. You are behind the Enchanment Resort for the first mile but then it is just woods and the gorgeous red rocks!

3 months ago

Beautiful views all around on pleasant hike. Parking can be hard to come by so start early

4 months ago

nice short easy hike, awesome views

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is fairly pretty, but ultimately we found it dull. The first 1/3-1/2 of the trail follows along the fence of a resort, which detracts a bit from the feeling of being out in nature. There were also many people on the trail at this point. Farther along, the trail becomes less crowded and has tall-ish vegetation along either side. The last 1/3 (approx. 1+ mile) of the trail goes into the forest and along the canyon wall and was completely shady and quite chilly the entire way. I was hoping that we'd come out into the sun at the end of the trail, but we never did. So, prepare for this last section by bringing layers. I was glad to have them, especially for the hike back.
To us, the end of the trail was not spectacular. There is a sign stating that you've reached the end, but it's not a particularly cool vista or a comfortable spot to sit.
This all may be different in the summer, when the coolness of the canyon feels wonderful or if the sun was shining into the canyon at the right time of the day. (We started around 11:30 am.) But, in February it was only so-so. Also, the elevation gain is largely imperceptible until the very end. So, if you'd like an easy, flat trail, this might be a nice choice. If you want a bit more elevation gain and vistas, I'd try somewhere else. I don't think we'd hike this trail again.

4 months ago

A great hike down in the canyon. It gets cool as you are down low and in the shade, we needed long sleeves for a good portion of it. Make sure to stop and look up at the red rocks, the view at the end is amazing! Relatively easy trail until the last the third of a mile or so, uphill is definitely worth the view! We did see some javelinas, keep your eyes open!

hiking
4 months ago

beautiful canyon and with changes in ecosystems along the way. hiking was easy until you reach the main summit point. then you had to crawl up and down steep rocks. epic views at the end!!!!! lots of bird chirping and activity. highly recommend this trail!

hiking
4 months ago

My favorite hike thus far in Sedona. The first mile or so is next to the resort and little thrills. Once you pass the resort, the vegetation grows higher and it quickly feels like you’ve left AZ for something farther north. At the end, it gets steep. So calm and magical I laid on my back for an hour looking up at the end of the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Great trail! I would recommend bringing layers of jackets. It starts out in the sun but once you start getting into the canyon it gets cold. It wasn't very populated on a Saturday at 10am.

hiking
5 months ago

This was an amazing hike but challenging on hot days. It leads you to one of Sedona'many vortices. We definitely recommend it!

5 months ago

Loved it, all the way to the top !

5 months ago

Great hike with various trees and bushes. We saw javalinas and a hummingbird. We went early in the morning and saw only a few people the whole way to the end.

Nice hike though a wooded canyon. Last part is a brief steep climb that gets you to an excellent vista point

hiking
5 months ago

The energy is amazing, so are the views. don't forget to stand in front of the spiral trees- you will know when you feel the wind.

6 months ago

Beautiful scenery, good trails. Saw lots of birds and a small herd of mule deer.

hiking
6 months ago

It was beautiful...

6 months ago

If you can get past the resort being at your side for first mile and half, it is worth the effort to go all the way to the end for a spectacular view of the canyon. However, don't stop at the trails end or you will miss the best part. Head to the right along the rocky ledge and go until you can go no further. the view is amazing! Best place to sit and have lunch, no restaurant can offer better atmosphere.

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