Fay Canyon Trail

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Fay Canyon Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona 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.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
173 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

2 days ago

Very easy hike with great views especially
If you pass the maintained trail sign and continue on. I would say it’s a good hike to bring the family on. Lots of foot traffic. Big parking area.

nice short hike with pretty views when you climb up to the broken arch.

hiking
1 month ago

Leisurely walk up the canyon, quite pretty and not strenuous, perfect for anyone who just wants to get a flavour of the area or is somewhat limited in their abilities.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

I really don't know why this is one of the top trails in the area. I guess it makes sense for families with children to do, but many of the views of the canyon were blocked by trees. Although the trees were very pretty and made for a unique experience in Sedona, there were so many people, it didn't feel like nature anymore. The end of the trail was neat, but it wasn't any different than other places in the area. I wouldn't recommend this people who are looking for actual hiking. This is a family stroll kind of path.

1 month ago

Amazing hike! The majority of the trail is nicely shaded and there is so much to see. It’s also fairly flat. You MUST make the climb at the end to see Fay Canyon in all its glory. Highly recommend this hike!

1 month ago

Did it with my 5 year old and it was perfect. He was even able to climb the rocks at the end! Great trail for a family hike.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Super easy walk, so go up the mountain after the end of the maintained pathway though, it’s an amazing view but much harder to get up to compared with the trail. Very popular though.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike. Though the turn off for the arch was not well marked. Worth it!!

2 months ago

Pleasant walk surrounded by cliffs, nicely shaded. Short little climb at the top with views across the canyon. Very nice!

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice easy trail. took our time and enjoyed all the beauty the trail has to offer. took our small dog who had a fab time. Definitely do the climb at the end of the trail to get a totally awesome view. I'll try to upload a pic but, trust me , the pic does not do it justice

2 months ago

Make sure you climb up at the end of the trail. Totally worth the view. You can keep going through the back of the bowl and find another trail to another bowl.

hiking
2 months ago

By all means climb at trails end .The view is worth it.Look for the store face that my wife promptly called King Tut .lol

2 months ago

Not to many people. Fun little climb at the end for those up for it, totally optional. The view from the climb is worth it! It was not as long as I was thinking it would be, but that's okay, it gave us more time at the view point.

hiking
2 months ago

This is my favorite trail so far. Loved the shade! It’s like a tunnel of trees. The color is beautiful. And you absolutely have to go beyond the maintained trail, climb the rocks and see the beautiful view!

hiking
2 months ago

Flat until the very end. Then it was pretty fun... rock scramble to the side of a mountain that yields awesome pics of the Sedona landscape. One of the BEST short hikes in Sedona. You can be done in less than 2 hours round trip easily.

Family friendly (6 and 8 year olds)

3 months ago

Easy trail thru the forest with some great views of red Rock. Continue on past the end of trail up to the left for some great views of the cathedral. The little bit of work at the end of trail makes this a much better hike because of the incredible view.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike back to the hills which you can scramble up to get a great view of the Sedona area. If you are lucky, you may hear someone playing a flute.

3 months ago

We were able to go about a half mile beyond where the main trail ended for some more difficult incline hiking and great views of the back of the canyon. Would have been just ‘meh’ but that last bit made it worth it. Total distance was just short of 3 miles. First/last mile very flat and good for trail running.

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