Boynton Canyon

Sedona, Arizona 86340

Boynton Canyon

Boynton Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Boynton Canyon is considered one of Sedona's most scenic canyons and a powerful vortex site. The canyon has lush riparian vegetation, towering red sandstone formations, hoodoo rock spires and ancient Sinagua Indian cliff dwellings dating back to 1,200 A.D.

The view from these ruins is stunning. The sandstone and limestone sculptures loom 1,000 feet high on both sides. At the mouth of the canyon sits Enchantment Resort."

Boynton Canyon Reviews

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7/10/2018
This is a very special place. Be warned it is unbearably hot in July and much more pleasant in the early morning or cooler months. There is a mix here of flat trail and rock scrambling, making it a challenging but rewarding hiking experience. The end of the trail is the rockiest with some elevation changes. Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks and enjoy the vortex!
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3/28/2018
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3/10/2008
Trail was lovely with a nice mix of red rock and sandy path terrain. The best views are at the end of the trail, just beyond the 'trail's end' sign to the right. Here you'll enjoy spectacular vistas from the rim of a tall red rock formation. The trail is relatively crowded--at least in mid-march. Water supply and good hiking shoes are a must. Trail is mostly flat and easy with occassional patches of steep terrain.
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11/7/2007
Fun, scenic trail. Must climb the rocks at the end for great veiw back across the canyon. Shady, and lots of places to rest. Take a lunch, and enjoy.
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11/4/2007
Very fun trip. From the trail head to the very end is 3.7 miles according to our GPS. The trail head is at N34.91002 W111.84939 and the very end is at N34.92408 W111.87831. Totally worth the trip. We took our girls (4 and 6) and they made it in and out with no problems though the 4 year old was getting a little tired by the end. The foliage changes several times along the trail and goes from desert all the way to pine forest. The end is definitely worth it.
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8/28/2007
The Boynton Canyon trail is a memorable hike up a beautiful canyon once you get past the first mile. The first mile of the trail climbs on a ridge over the Enchantment resort - a huge sprawling complex of buildings that choke the entrance to the canyon. My wife and I were a bit put off by the resorts signs on the trail that said hikers must remain on the trail and not to even thing about walking through the resort to the trailhead. There was also a mention of armed guards and video cameras! But once past the resort, the magic of red rock country reappeared and we were very pleased with the hike. The trail is mostly level until the end where you cross a wash and then start to climb to the top of a low ridge. Be sure to finish the "climbing" section at the end of the trail, because the views from the ridge are magnificent and folks have built a "cairns garden" on the exposed rock. Also, be sure to have more then half your water supply left at the turnaround because the last mile before reaching the trailhead (going by the resort again) is mostly shadeless.
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1/28/2007
Great, fun half-day hike. Amazing scenery. Not sure if the guide mentions it, but you'll need a permit to park in the 20 car lot. The permit is $5 and can be purchased with a credit card from a kiosk at the lot.
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11/6/2006
Great hike and we even found the Indian ruins on the side of the canyon. The resort does take something away from this beautiful canyon but once you get beyond it, it's great. Please be aware that this hike seemed longer and more difficult than it was listed as in the book. It's worth the trip though.
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7/10/2006
Pleasant trail with beautiful scenery. Added bonus - the vortexes! Watch out for the little lizards.
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5/23/2006
We actually didn't finish the whole trail because we took the side trail to the Indian ruins and hung out on the cliff dwelling for quite a while. That was one of the neatest places we have seen in Arizona. The side trail was a little hard to find and is somewhat overgrown, but it was completely worth the experience.
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Trail Information

Sedona
Nearby City
6
Distance
450 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS Wilson Mountain
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Jul 2018