Boynton Pass Trail

Sedona, Arizona

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This road leaves Sedona and travels through red rock country over Boynton Pass. Initially, the road is paved as it passes close to a resort and residential areas. It passes several hiking trailheads that lead into the wilderness areas to the north. The Boynton Canyon Trailhead also gives access to one of Sedona’s more famous vortices—the Boynton Canyon Vortex. Some believe that a vortex is an outflowing of the earth’s energy at a specific point and that each vortex has a unique energy. Vortices are often used as meditation sites and are thought to have spiritual qualities. The Boynton Canyon Vortex, a masculine-feminine vortex, is reputed to enhance the senses—in particular, psychic senses and past life memories. The energy is believed to be strongest around the knoll. Special Attractions: Palatki and Honanki Ruins and rock art; Very scenic road over Boynton Pass through red rock country; Boynton Canyon Vortex and Blue Door Vortex. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

Boynton Pass Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This road leaves Sedona and travels through red rock country over Boynton Pass. Initially, the road is paved as it passes close to a resort and residential areas. It passes several hiking trailheads that lead into the wilderness areas to the north. The Boynton Canyon Trailhead also gives access to one of Sedona’s more famous vortices—the Boynton Canyon Vortex. Some believe that a vortex is an outflowing of the earth’s energy at a specific point and that each vortex has a unique energy. Vortices are often used as meditation sites and are thought to have spiritual qualities.

The Boynton Canyon Vortex, a masculine-feminine vortex, is reputed to enhance the senses—in particular, psychic senses and past life memories. The energy is believed to be strongest around the knoll. Special Attractions: Palatki and Honanki Ruins and rock art; Very scenic road over Boynton Pass through red rock country; Boynton Canyon Vortex and Blue Door Vortex. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Sedona
Distance: 10.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,800 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Wilson Mt., Loy Butte, Page Springs, Sedona; BLM Sedona; USFS Coconino National Forest, Sedona Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Boynton Pass Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/15/2009
0

This trail is a great lead in to some tougher trails. We went to the indian ruins, then went on Outlaw Ridge Loop. This was a nice senic trail with lots of challenges. Excellent views from the top of the ridge. Eventually looped back to Boynton Pass.


8/13/2007
1

The Boynton Pass Trail was very scenic and enjoyable. The two side trips we took were the Palatki and Honanki ruins. They were both easy drive and hiking trails to the respective ruins. The Palatki was by far the most pleasing trip as the trail was enjoyable and the pictographs and ruins very interesting and accessable. The Honanki ruins trail and hike were somewhat dissapointing as the trail was uninteresting (requiring 4-wheel) and the ruins visible but unaccessable. Overall, the trail was worthwhile allowed a close up of the red rock formations and desart.



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