Fay Canyon Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sedona, Arizona that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 383 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

running

cave

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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. Watch out for bears.

hiking
4 hours ago

Nice but kind of anticlimactic. The arch was the highlight of the hike. Trail to the arch is not well marked but it’s not hard to find your way out and back. Climbing up the moon rock was really fun too, maybe a better end of the hike than to go to the very end of the canyon.

hiking
bugs
rocky
9 hours ago

Beautiful lookout at the end of the trail after a short climb up. Accidentally went down the dry creek which does not lead to anything. Hike/scramble up to the arch was not as impressive as the end of the canyon. Don’t forget your bug spray!! So many mosquitos.

hiking
no shade
scramble
18 hours ago

The first mile and a half or so is easy and beautiful. Once you have to start scaling the canyon wall, it gets rocky/ scrambly. Even to a seasoned hiker, that part is NOT easy at all. Moderate is a stretch, but there are spectacular views if you can manage the climb. No shade for that part also. Super early, or else sunset hike is the way to go with this one. Unless you prefer baking in the midday sun. Overall I was a little disappointed because I did not see any waterfall. ? My guess would be it's only present after big rains or certain times of year. It is a beautiful hike, but "features a waterfall" is not an accurate description.

walking
1 day ago

gorgeous, perfect hike in the heat, some shade!

hiking
4 days ago

Easy, super easy. Took lots of pictures, without stopping it’s about a 35 minute hike. First half of trail doesn’t have much cover. The second half has a decent amount but the sun will shine through. Saw lots of kids 6 & under. Great views of the canyon walls. Once you reach the “end” go vertical for about .15 miles for a special view back over the canyon.

hiking
scramble
4 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Absolutely beautiful views. Very short. Totally worth it. Lots of mosquitos. Bring bug spray!

hiking
13 days ago

Nice hike!!! Never found the arch, trail not well marked to get to it. We still had a great hike on 4/23/2020

hiking
13 days ago

Best trail I have ever done! It was very approachable and had no steep parts until the end (which is optional). Our dog enjoyed it to. Just be careful about the fire ants if you have a dog. Incredible views and breathtaking pictures to take!

hiking
14 days ago

Very easy trail! Flat and straight to the point ! Hiked at 7 AM and the bugs were no joke... thinking from the moisture and coolness between the canyon walls. Hiking up to the canyon overlook was fun with a bit of rock climbing but worth the view !

hiking
bugs
17 days ago

A nice out-and-back with a good view at the turnaround point - if you choose to make the climb. The trail is mostly shaded so it keeps cooler temperatures. Bugs are a big annoyance on this trail. I arrived at 7 AM and there was no one else on the trail, but I was ending my home around 8 AM and it was getting fairly crowded - I passed about 5 or 6 groups of people in about 5 minutes.

hiking
scramble
20 days ago

Beautiful trail. Easy walk/hike with plenty of hidden gems that would be ranked as moderate. Don’t miss the Fay Canyon Arch, a little rocky getting up but the views are unbelievable

hiking
bugs
28 days ago

Such a quick, easy and beautiful trail. The only semi-difficult part was getting up to the arch but still doable. We went early morning around 0700 and there were tons of giant mosquitos so definitely wear big spray. It’s a quick hike with great views. It was our last day in Sedona so it was perfect to do before we checked out of our airbnb before we head home. We went on a Thursday and only saw two other people. It was very easy to stay 6 feet apart.

1 month ago

beautiful scenery. easy nice walk

hiking
1 month ago

We took our time just sorta hanging around and paying attention to the wildlife! Super easy, and quick!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little trail but a little hard to follow the turn off for the actual arch. It is overgrown but it is possible to follow. The trail offers lovely views and the natural arch is pretty cool. It’s a good hike if you have 45 minutes to spare

easy trail. once you are close to the end take a left and a hike up the large rock on the left side of it for spectacular views

hiking
2 months ago

There is way more than meets the eye with this particular hike. That’s all I’m going to say, see if you can figure out all the different hidden Easter eggs.

hiking
2 months ago

Group with kids as young as 6. great hike. arch was nice.

hiking
2 months ago

Our route took us to the fay canyon arch.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. We saw javalina along the way. Loved the climb at the end. The views after the climb are phenomenal!

2 months ago

Beautiful, well-maintained trail with a fair amount of traffic. We did not scramble at the end, but we did hike up to the arch and it was well worth it. Beautiful views and no crowd near the arch. The arch climb is a decent work out, but the canyon trail is flat & easy.

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

2 months ago

beautiful easy shaded hike, mostly level and well marked. the view back down the canyon from the rocks at the end was spectacular!

2 months ago

beautiful canyon, easy shaded path. The views back down the canyon from the top of the rocks at the end were spectacular!

recorded Fay Canyon Trail

hiking
2 months ago

A little busy, but the trail was really well maintained and the scenery is beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hike for all ages! Must see view after the trail ends with rock scramble. Scramble is better suited for more experienced/advanced hikers!

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