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Fay Canyon Arch - Trail #53, AZ
Description 59 Triplogs 1 Topic
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 Sedona NW
HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
Difficulty 2    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,600 feet
Elevation Gain 492 feet
Accumulated Gain 492 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 4.06
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Ruins
Author joe bartels
Descriptions 198
Routes 580
Photos 8,212
Trips 2,597 map ( 13,538 miles )
Age 45
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Map - Beartooth Sedona
Forest Coconino
Wilderness Red Rock-Secret Mountain
Backpack - TBD
Seasons - ALL
Official Route
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Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
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0.7  Boynton's Backyard
0.7  Bear Mountain Trail #54
0.7  Doe Mountain Trail #60
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Huge Sandstone Arch!
by joe bartels

The Fay Canyon trail goes 1.25 miles to Box Canyon. To check out Fay Canyon Arch is much quicker. Follow the trail over half a mile until a spur trail leads up to the arch. Be on the lookout. After you have seen the arch it is obvious, for first timers it blends in a bit. The trek up through scrub terrain seems like an extreme push for only 260 feet of elevation gain. The ruins beside the arch have very little Sinaguan connection. The Sinaguan Indians may have built in the area, but these ruins are definitely twentieth century. The arch is huge! Only ten feet from the protruding wall the arch appears flush. Spanning over ninety feet it stands only 15 feet max above the ground below.


Coconino FS Reports Most people come to Fay Canyon to see the natural arch that's located just under a mile up the trail. But those who don't know about it usually walk right past it. Though the Fay Canyon Arch is by no means small, it looks so much like an ordinary rock overhang it's easy to glance right at it and not realize what you've seen. If you keep watching the rock wall to the north (right) side of the trail sooner or later you'll spot it. Then the short, steep trail up to the arch can be a little hard to locate too.

After you've found the arch you may want to continue on up the trail. This small, hidden canyon supports a diverse community of desert plants and provides good views of the surrounding cliffs. The trail follows an old jeep track which eventually turns into a footpath. It dead ends at a red Supai sandstone cliff where you can see evidence of some ancient Indian dwellings and marvel at the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you.

Directions Preferred Months Apr May Sep Oct
Water / Source:none
Preferred StartAny Cell Phone SignalYes Sunrise6:20am Sunset6:45pm
Road / VehiclePaved - Car Okay
Fees / 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.

To hike
From the 'Y' in Sedona follow 89A 3.1 miles Southwest to Dry Creek Road. Turn Right and go 2.8 miles to Boynton PASS Road. Turn Left and go 2.7 miles, look for a parking area on the Right. There is a rusty metal sign designating Fay Canyon Trail #53
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