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Boynton Canyon Trail #47, AZ
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Description 172 Triplogs  2 Topics
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Sedona NW
Difficulty 2    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,500 feet
Elevation Gain 704 feet
Accumulated Gain 802 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.01
Interest Seasonal Creek
Author joe bartels
Descriptions 204
Routes 650
Photos 8,613
Trips 2,817 map ( 14,654 miles )
Age 45
Location Phoenix, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
4  2015-05-26 RazorbackHiker
15  2015-05-14 Barrett
19  2015-04-04 cw50must
9  2015-01-19 DallinW
30  2014-10-13 Lost
9  2014-03-17 Timknorr
1  2014-02-01 trekkin gecko
11  2013-10-26 Eartheist
38  2013-02-25 rwstorm
12  2013-02-01 DaveB96
20  2012-11-23 charlieaz
9  2012-11-20 jochal
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Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Map - Beartooth Sedona
Forest Coconino
Wilderness Red Rock-Secret Mountain
Backpack - Possible - Not Popular
Seasons - ALL
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
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by joe bartels
Few trails offer the pure experience contained within Boynton Canyon. From beginning to end Boynton Canyon has it all. Rock formations, Indian ruins, lush forest, thick manzanita lined paths, seasonal rain waterfalls, and a winding stone creek ending in tall Ponderosa pines. Whew this is a TRAIL! Did I mention the rock ledges and shear canyon walls. Okay the beginning is ever so slightly blemished by a resort lining the trail. The hike is nearly over when the canyon closes in where it's tough to continue . Take the short scramble up an extremely steep slope to the right ( north ). The trail data given above ends after a 145 foot ascent to gain better views. You could save the final 145 foot ascent to make this an easier hike. You might want to explore the ledge a little to the east too!

Indian ruins are hidden in this canyon. If that's your passion, simply explore a little. It's hard to get real lost here, simply go back down. Please respect the ruins and leave them alone, as in don't move anything. Enjoy the hike.
© 1998 - 2015


Coconino FS Reports 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.

USGS Maps: Wilson Mt., Loy Butte

Map Drive
Water none - slim chance in creek
Sun6:26am - 6:05pm
Preferred Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct → 10 AM
RoadFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
Permit $$
Red Rock Pass - may or may not be required. The "more" link within the FS website does not work so it is confusing. If you have questions contact the Coconino forest service.

Directions To Boynton Trailhead
From the Sedona 'Y' go Southwest on 89A for 3 miles to Dry Creek Road. Turn Right on to Dry Creek Road and follow 2.8 miles to Boynton PASS Road. Turn Left on to Boynton PASS Road and follow 1.5 miles to Boynton CANYON Road. Turn Right on to Boynton CANYON Road and follow a quarter mile to the trailhead parking area on the right. If you go to far you will end up at the entrance to the Enchantment Resort.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 129 mi - about 2 hours 18 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 234 mi - about 3 hours 46 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 36.2 mi - about 1 hour 1 min
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

© 2015 HAZ