Fay Canyon Hike in Sedona, Arizona, USA

Great short, easy hike with awesome views to do if you’re short on time in Sedona!

I tend to get my bucket list inspiration off of Instagram and the case with Arizona is no different.  When I pictured Arizona, I pictured jutting red rock canyons and rock formations.  It did not disappoint.  My favourite place was Sedona (and this was just my first time in Arizona, I will be back for more…that I promise!).  Something about the fiery red earth, the spiritual hippie vibe and a salt of the earth type people that seem to congregate there in a combined sense of adventure and purpose (or perhaps seeking purpose) just made it a place I could imagine staying for a long time.  You could be there for months and have a new hike, climb, canyon or adventure to go on every day.

One of the easier hikes that gives you an awesome view is the Fay Canyon trail.


Fay Canyon Trail: Overview

Distance: under 3 miles round trip

Difficulty Level: Easy, but can be made Moderate if you choose to continue up the rock slide where the trail ends (150 feet elevation)

Time: 1 – 1.5 hours

Attractions: Bear Mountain views, arch views, and Bell Rock view, Natural rock formations

Conditions: Sandy, minimal elevation.  No water/restroom on trail.



The maintained section of the trail is very easy and suitable for all ages.  It’s a nice walk through a canyon, with shade, a creek (that was dry when we went), and lots of trees and cactuses.

While this hike and its views from the bottom of the canyon are gorgeous, IMHO the best part of the hike is the view at the end, after the maintained trail ends and you encounter a rockpile that goes up, up, up.  This is where the difficulty level goes up as the rocks are steep and require high steps.

Pro tip: Be careful not to get scraped by the cactus’ sticking out along the path (my Fiancé didn’t escape unscathed).

Once at the top you will have the most incredible vista (a view through narrow opening) with the canyon wall surrounding you.  Pictures really do not do the views any justice.

If you’re short on time, I highly suggest this hike as it’s totally worth the view at the end and it won’t take up much of your day!

Directions to Trail Head

From Sedona on Route 89A, go west on Dry Creek Road. Go. 2.9 miles to a “T” and turn left on Boynton Pass Road. Go 1.6 miles to another “T” and turn left onto FR 152C. Continue for 1 mile to the trailhead parking area on the left. Cross the street to the trailhead.


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5 thoughts on “Fay Canyon Hike in Sedona, Arizona, USA

      1. I had hard times prioritizing. 😀 We’ll do Canadian Rockies and New Zealand this year. I want to go to Alaska and Iceland in near future. Cheers.


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