Boynton Canyon is one of the most scenic of the box canyons that make Arizona Red Rock Country so famous. This particular trail enjoys the additional advantage of being conveniently accessible to nearby towns on well paved roads. As you might suspect, that is both good and bad news for those who choose to come here. The good news is you don't have to bounce down a dusty jeep track to get to the trailhead. The bad news is you may have more company than you hoped for when you arrive.
Boynton Canyon always has been popular for its outstanding scenery. Lately it has become even more so, since it developed a reputation as a site of a New Age "vortex" - a sort of energy field emanating from inner earth. Whether or not you subscribe to this bit of modern mysticism, you'll no doubt agree that some sort of magic exists here among the towering buttes, crimson cliffs, and natural desert gardens.
The trail starts out by skirting a luxury resort that was recently built here. It quickly returns to the canyon floor where the walking is pleasant and easy. As you hike, take note of the variety of plants that live in this rather harsh environment, and keep an eye out for the area's plentiful wildlife which includes everything from colorful songbirds to bristling, shy whitetail deer.
See also: Deadmans Pass Trail and Long Canyon Trail
The photo above is Copyrighted by Terry Wright, Arizona Hiking Gallery and used by permission. Caption: "Right from parking lot the red sandstone buttes provide striking views. The trail skirts just to the left of this formation."
More great photos of the Boynton Canyon Hike are available on his website (a non-Forest Service site).
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At a Glance
||Vault Toilet at Trailhead
||Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required to park at the trailhead.
||Red Rock Ranger District - 928-203-2900
Location: 32 miles south of Flagstaff (2 miles west of Sedona) on paved roads.
GPS (Map): 34°54'28.1"N 111°50'56.6"W
- Red Rock Country Maps: Download Red Rock Country trail maps and find other Sedona recreation resources. See the Sedona Northwest map for this trail.
- Forest Service Topo Map (FSTopo Geo-enable PDF):
- More Maps:
Access: Drive 27 miles south from Flagstaff to Sedona on US 89A. Continue through Sedona to Dry Creek Road at the southwest end of town. Turn north (right) on Dry Creek Road and follow the signs to Boynton Canyon. You'll find a parking lot and the trailhead just outside the entrance to the Enchantment Resort.
Hiking time: 2-2.5 hours
- No mechanized vehicles in Wilderness.
- Respect private property boundaries.
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The parking lot is paved with a vault-type toilet.