Fay Canyon Trail

Central Arizona, Arizona

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Fay Canyon Trail


  • The parking area for Fay Canyon.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • The Fay Canyon Trailhead.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • Starting up Fay Canyon.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • Entering the national forest wilderness.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • The rocks of Fay Canyon.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • Fay Canyon.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • Fay Canyon Trail.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • Fay Canyon.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • From here, the fun begins.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • The way up into the upper canyon.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • Upper Fay Canyon.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • The view back into Fay Canyon.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • View from the top of the trail.- Fay Canyon Trail
  • Heading back down the canyon.- Fay Canyon Trail
Overview + Weather
Fairly flat and easy. Great views.
Central Arizona, AZ
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,482.00 ft (1,366.11 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Sedona is an area rich in spectacular hikes for a variety of abilities and interests. The Fay Canyon Trail is a great choice for those looking for a fairly short and easy hike with a bit of adventure and very nice views. It is also pretty close to town and can be combined with other great hikes in the same area such as Doe Mountain, Boynton Canyon, and Devil’s Bridge.

The trailhead is across the road from the large parking area (with restrooms). Most of the trail follows the bottom of the canyon with a gradual grade and mostly sandy trail surface. The views of the red rock canyon on both sides are very nice, and the trail is not at all difficult. After a bit over a mile, the maintained trail ends and the fun begins. The rough trail climbs up the east face of the canyon and teeters precariously on slickrock ledges. The views back down the canyon are pretty spectacular. This route gets rougher the higher it goes and can be followed as far as desired.

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