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
7 days ago

Easy walking trail mostly on red sand. Highly recommend climbing the rock wall at the end of the trail - AMAZING views of Sedona!

12 days ago

Easy hike through a dried out creekbed. No waterfall at the end.

15 days ago

Easy in/out , ending in the rock slide. If you go down into the dry creek, you. an go farther up the canyon.

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful views at the end. Go up the rocks after the end of maintained trail sign and you will be rewarded with a beautiful view of bell rock.

hiking
23 days ago

A nice beginners hike for our family. We have a 4 year old and a 1.5 year old. They loved it! We didn’t see a cave or waterfall, but had a nice resting area at the end of the maintained trail. Opportunity to climb up higher, but we were unable to because of our littles. Would love to come back again when the weather is a little cooler.

hiking
26 days ago

Although this trail was easy (flat and 2.4 miles), it was perfect for me to do after hiking a longer trail the day before. The directions on how to get to this trail's parking lot were spot-on by both Apple maps & Google maps. The parking lot had 30 spaces, and a bathroom.
The only other hikers I saw on this trail, on a Tuesday in July, were 2 families - one with small children who never made it to the end, and another family who passed me on their way out. Even better, because this trailhead is about 8 miles from West Sedona, there was no sound pollution - no sirens, nor could I hear cars passing by the trailhead on the road in. That road was minimally traveled.
I don't expect this trail has a ton of traffic compared to some of the trails that are in-town, which is, imo, the beauty of this trail. Personally, I go into nature to avoid humans. :-)
To get to the trail, you cross the street. You're greeted with a sign identifying the trail, and a notice that the recent bear activity is now a non-issue because they had to euthanize the bear. The animal nature I encountered on my hike included whiptail lizards, squirrels, bluejays and robins. It was serene and lovely.
This trail is NOT open to mountain bikers.
The trail is powdery at first, and about 5-6 ft wide; but soon thereafter is a harder surface on which to walk. Occasionally the width reduces to 3-4 ft.
Because you're walking through a valley, your views are above and around you, but they are somewhat obstructed by the tree cover. This is exactly why I chose this trail - it was 50% shady for me on a 100-degree day. Although there was no creek water on the way, the shade made it easy to do because I had enough water.
There is a sign at the end of the trail, notifying you that the maintained part of the trail has ended. What faces you are the red rocks - an opportunity to scramble the rocks for a higher view. That scramble isn't hard at all IF YOU HAVE PROPER HIKING SHOES WITH GRIP. In some places, climbing those rocks is more like climbing stairs; but, there are other spots that are a little trickier, hence the need for grippy hiking shoes.
Overall, this trail was just what I needed - an instant fix of the beautiful majesty that is Sedona. I highly recommend this trail to all hikers of any level. For those who are less experienced, without grippy hiking shoes, or without enough water, I do not recommend you scramble the rocks for the higher views after you meet the end of the maintained trail, which is clearly marked.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was easy going, and refreshing.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy path through canyon. When you get to sign that reads ”end of maintained path” keep going. Once above the tree line you can see Bell Rock on the horizon. The path is than a bit rugged and a little hard but will get you to the back of the canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

My 6 year old thought it was awesome and fun. We saw lizards and bunnies. Lots of great views of the mountains. (This is her first review on all trails lol) She wants to know what others think of the trail

1 month ago

Nice easy trail. First hike for my 8 year old and he liked it. Plenty of shady spots along the trial. Good intro for kids.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this a week ago and it was great! Easy enough for a beginner to complete without a problem!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy hike. Lots of shade.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little nature hike - mostly level and shaded. Definitely recommend heading up the rocks to get the view over the tree line - truly spectacular!

hiking
2 months ago

It was 103 in Sedona today so we waited until around 6 pm to head out to this hike. The sun was just going below the ridge line so it was super comfortable in the shade. Nice easy 1 hour hike with many great views of the red rocks climbing up both sides of the canyon. End of the trail has many opportunities to explore but daylight was fading so we headed back. Great way to get a hike in on a super hot day.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike with Amazing New Friends! Scenic, Easy and Bathroom on Site :) Had a Great Time.....be sure to climb up past the trail!!!! Sedona

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail across some nicely verdant Sedona desert. The highlight is at the end. Climb up some slightly steep rocks to get a spectacular view of those incredible vistas. Even better, there’s an area at the top of those rocks that was perfectly cool and pleasant shade mid morning. We saw a diamondback on the trail, so keep your eyes open for snakes. Good hike for kids and people who aren’t super athletic but like some adventure.

2 months ago

Easy trail. Maintained trail ends at the rock wash, but if you’re up for it, you can scramble up the wash for a nice view of the area. Not nearly as busy as Devil’s Bridge or Cathedral Rock.

hiking
2 months 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.

3 months 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
3 months 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!

3 months ago

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

3 months 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.

3 months 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
3 months 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.

3 months 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
3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Easy
At end of trail
Climb a little
Worth the effort

4 months 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
4 months ago

Easy trail with good views.

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