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Fay Canyon Trail #53

Hiking Trail

Fay Canyon Trail #53

by: Honza
Location:  Sedona, AZ          Longitude:  -111.8580    Latitude:  34.9019
Located in West Sedona, this semi-shaded trail guides you through interesting Red Rock back-country.
Features and Interests:   There is a natural arch located just over a half mile up the trail (at river-bed, has a dividing trail marked by cairns)...keep watching the rock wall to the north/right and you should spot it.
Flora/Fauna on this Trail:
From the trailhead, the hike starts out flat through the un-shaded high desert. Shortly after the registration box, the hike follows the riverbed through a partially shaded meandering trail.

At just under a mile, the main Fay Canyon Trail ends at a rock-slide like area. The canyon is divided by a rock formation directly ahead which offers majestic views of Fay Canyon (if you choose to go up it).

From the rock-slide, to the right, there is a primitive trail which leads further into this canyon. The destination about 1/4 mile is the Fay Canyon Vista overlooking some magnificent rock formations and other Sedona landmarks in the distance.
Trail Distance:  2.4 miles round-trip
Elevation:  4500ft - 4650ft   (change 150ft)
Trail Difficutly:  Moderate - requires some endurance, elevation changes
How Crowded:  Occassional passing
Season:  September to June
Accomodations: (on site) Take the AZ 179 to downtown Sedona to the Y with AZ 89A. Take a left at the roundabout and head West for 3 miles to Dry Creek Road. Turn right and head north just under 3 miles to the end of the road/stop sign. Make a left at this Boynton Canyon Road intersection for 1.5 miles. At the T intesection, take the Boynton Pass Road left about a half mile to the Fay Canyon parking area on the left. The trail head is across the street from the parking lot. NOTE: Red Rock Pass is required which you can get at most gas stations and Ranger StationsPaved road or trail to the trailhead
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