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Fay Canyon Trail

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 4.1 (16)

A nice hike to Fay Canyon Arch and the box canyon at the end.


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1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

4,850' 1,478 m

High

4,582' 1,397 m

Low

273' 83 m

Up

6' 2 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

Fay Canyon is one of the shorter box canyons located in Sedona. The total length is about 2.5 miles roundtrip if you do not include Fay Canyon Arch or an attempt to find Fay Canyon Indian ruins. It is a very easy hike along the canyon floor with a dry wash on the right.

Fay Canyon Arch is just off to the right on the Fay Canyon Trail. It is about a 1/4 mile up the canyon. There is no sign post showing the direction of the arch. As the Fay Canyon Trail follows a dry wash on the right, you'll see a set of cairns that mark the trail. Cross the wash and follow the well-established trail. Soon, you'll be able to identify the arch. You can hike all the way up to the arch. This is a nice little side trip from the main trail.

At the end of the trail is a sign stating the end of the maintained trail. Beyond this point, you cross over the dry wash and there is a nice area in front of a sandstone fin of sorts that can be explored a bit on either side. If you go early, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the canyon and relax a bit at the end of the trail before returning.

Directions: Located on Boynton Pass Road, between Boynton Canyon Road and the Doe Mountain Trailhead. You can’t miss the large paved parking area.

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John Maurizi

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Fay Canyon Arch is quite stunning.
Apr 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
In search of the ruins we go on the Fay Canyon Trail.
Apr 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
The trailhead to Fay Canyon is marked by the small sign in the distance.
Apr 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ
When you hit this sign, you can keep going if you wish, just keep your wits about you.
Apr 27, 2017 near West Se…, AZ

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