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

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

hiking
12 days ago

Nice easy hike. Lots of shade.

hiking
14 days 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
15 days 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
18 days 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
19 days 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.

24 days 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
27 days 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.

1 month 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
1 month 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!

1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month 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

2 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
2 months ago

Easy trail with good views.

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Nice trail. Nice views at end

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

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