Boynton Canyon

Sedona, Arizona

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This is a very popular hike into a spectacular redrock canyon that ends below the towering cliffs of Bear Mountain in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. This is a well-known hike that skirts a large resort for its first mile, so don’t expect a wilderness experience. The upper part of Boynton Canyon is spectacular and makes up for the initial section of the hike. This is a well-known hike that skirts a large resort for its first mile, so don’t expect a wilderness experience. The upper part of Boynton Canyon is spectacular and makes up for the initial section of the hike. The Boynton Canyon Trail climbs along the north side of the canyon to avoid the resort and then drops into the canyon. Here a spur trail to the resort joins from the left. The Boynton Canyon Trail follows the drainage to the north-west. In another half-mile or so, both the canyon and the trail turn toward the southwest, and the noises of the resort are left behind.

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"This is a very popular hike into a spectacular redrock canyon that ends below the towering cliffs of Bear Mountain in the Red Rock–Secret Mountain Wilderness. This is a well-known hike that skirts a large resort for its first mile, so don’t expect a wilderness experience. The upper part of Boynton Canyon is spectacular and makes up for the initial section of the hike.

This is a well-known hike that skirts a large resort for its first mile, so don’t expect a wilderness experience. The upper part of Boynton Canyon is spectacular and makes up for the initial section of the hike. The Boynton Canyon Trail climbs along the north side of the canyon to avoid the resort and then drops into the canyon. Here a spur trail to the resort joins from the left. The Boynton Canyon Trail follows the drainage to the north-west. In another half-mile or so, both the canyon and the trail turn toward the southwest, and the noises of the resort are left behind."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 540 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: All year
Trailhead Elevation: 4,600 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: Sedona Ranger District, Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Wilson Mountain; Coconino National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Boynton Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

7/25/2009
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The trail is as advertised. We did bring our dog and I'm not sure the end is meant for a dog. When you reach the end of the trail, the rock outcropping slopes down and if a dog mis-stepped on that ledge that could be it! Just becareful, we found the distance to be closer to 7 miles roundtrip. Very cool ending, very worth it!



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