Fay Canyon Trail

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Fay Canyon Trail is a 2.2 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
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
190 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.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail was way better than I expected it to be. Planned for just a quick and easy down and back. But this hike got 10x better when we climbed up the rocks at the end of the trail. At the top we followed a small path that went deeper into the canyon to where you are high enough to see above the growth and down the canyon for some Awesome views!! Was very quiet and peaceful and ended up being one of our favorite hikes in our time here in Sedona. Highly recommend.

4 days ago

Easy walk down the path but the scramble up near the end is worth the effort. Light in the morning (around 9) was great. Very peaceful and beautiful at the top. If I made it up and down, most can!

hiking
9 days ago

It was a great trail that gave you a fantastic view of the rocks up close. You would go up very narrow and steep stairs, but the top was the best view!

13 days ago

We did this hike today and love the view on the top.

17 days ago

This trail is great with lots of shade! Make sure you climb up the rocks at the end - that’s the best part of the hike! (Not a difficult climb at all if you are able-bodied, in fact I would hardly even call it a climb). The view through the canyon at the end is stunning.

20 days ago

Fun little trail for the whole family. At the end of the trail, you can climb up a little ways and get pictures of a great view!

hiking
27 days ago

This was a fun little hike. Enough shade on a sunny 80 degree day to keep you comfortable. Mostly flat and sandy trail. If you go past the sign where The maintained trail ends then you’re basically rock scrambling. If you want a good little work out follow the off shoot to the arch trail for all rock scrambling straight up.

28 days ago

It was an ok trail. I was wondering why the large parking lot wasn’t very full and I think because it is a pretty boring trail. Mostly flat with very few rocks or elevation. Went in April and there was no water or waterfall. Rocks at end would be fun for kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with beautiful views. We went around 7am on a Tuesday and found parking. Once you reach out he end, you can choose to continue on one of two other trails or turn back. Ample shade with cool breezes.

1 month ago

Easy trail. Would love to do again with water flowing! Anticlimactic ending without the waterfall

1 month ago

Easy
At end of trail
Climb a little
Worth the effort

1 month ago

Great easy hike with very little elevation change. The best part is the Rock scramble at the end, where there are beautiful views as you climb. Very easy for children and a lot of shade as you make your way to the scramble.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with good views.

hiking
1 month ago

Toddler friendly hike. End has a nice rock scramble that is a must do...just not with the toddler. Beautiful views both ways from the top.

1 month ago

Nice trail. Nice views at end

1 month ago

Very beautiful, fun trail through canyon with scrambling at the end. Fantastic with kids

hiking
1 month ago

Great, great trail. We hiked with three small kids and our dog, everyone had a blast. If you can do the rock scramble at the end, you definitely should. Dad and the oldest child (9) went up and the view was spectacular!

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful hike! Lots of shade and trees. Plus you're surrounded by the beautiful red rocks above the trees. Pretty easy so kids and people of all abilities should be able to complete.

hiking
1 month ago

Very different from other hikes in the area as it is shaded and quite green. Easy nature walk good for people of all ages and abilities but enough rock climbing on the side paths to keep people occupied. When the trail ends you can hike up the steep hill in front of you for a gorgeous view of the whole canyon. That little climb at the end can be a good test prior to the Cathedral Rock climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Great partially shaded out and back trail with an optional rock scramble. Amazing views of the canyon rock formations. If you manage the rock scramble you are rewarded with a spectacular view of the canyon.

1 month ago

My 11 year old son and I had a great time! We went well beyond the “end of maintained trail” sign into the end of the canyon. Lots of thorny bushes at end of canyon depending on which path you choose. We did not find out until exiting the trail and running into some friendly folks that the arch is toward the beginning, up on your right. You cross the river bed for a somewhat short but challenging climb. Keep an eye out for it on your way in! :-)

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! The Arch is amazing but it is NOT at the end of the trail. It is about halfway, on the right side. It is a bit of a climb, but totally worth it!! We went past the end and there are some beautiful views above and the tree line. That is more of a climb but again, worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

the arch is by far the best part, look for the cairns half way through.

1 month ago

Great view at the very end. Make sure hike those last rocks up.

1 month ago

Nice and easy path - go up to the hidden arch, as well as past the end of the trail. The views from up and inside the canyon are some of the best!

1 month ago

Easy and monotonous hike. Still had good "mystical" energy Sedona is famous for.

1 month ago

The marked trail is not very impressive. The arch is after the marked trail ends, and to get to it you need to clime a very steeped cliff. So it left much to desire.

1 month ago

Too easy and boxed in. Good for little kids

2 months ago

Best birding Trail in Sedona I’ve experienced so far. Beautiful views at the end of the trail. I never did spot the trail to the archway however.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Perfect for families with little ones - was only ~ 2 miles - 1 there and 1 back so was perfect for them! They loved it !!

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