Boynton Canyon Trail Fast Facts
Length: 6.1 miles
Elevation gain: 860 ft
Type: Out and Back
Dogs: Yes, on a leash
Approximate time to hike: 3-4 hours
Parking: Boynton Canyon Trailhead
About Boynton Canyon Trail
Boynton Canyon Trail offers a challenging, rewarding hike and is located near several other famous Sedona hiking trails. The parking lot has an outhouse restroom, so be sure to stop by there before heading out for this moderate hike!
Starting from the parking lot, enter the trailhead and follow the red dirt path to the north/north east.Early on, the Boynton Canyon trail will intersect with the Deadman’s Path trail, so make sure you keep left to stay on Boynton Canyon trail. During the beginning of this 6 hour trek, you’ll be hiking alongside a resort. While some people say that this detracts from the overall experience, we don’t really notice the resort when hiking the trail. Do keep an eye out for javelinas though, as they like to lay out on the resort’s grass.
As you pass by the resort area, you’ll notice that the trail becomes more wooded and the trees become taller and more plentiful. You’ll find plenty of old oaks, piñons, and juniper trees just past the wilderness sign, and after about 10 more minutes the trail will shift to the southwest. At this point, the forest grows even denser – almost like a forest you’d expect to find in the midwest, not the Sedona desert.
Continue on the trail and you’ll begin to catch glimpses of cliff edges through the trees, serving as a reminder that this isn’t your typical hike in the woods. After about an hour and a half of hiking, the trail hits a dead end at a gigantic rock wall. Once you’ve made it to this point, congratulations, you’ve reached the highest elevation point of Boynton Canyon Trail!
Once you’ve reached the top of the trail, make sure you spend some time taking in all of the views, and relaxing in the sun a bit before heading back down. There’s something so calming about sitting back and taking a moment to breathe after a long hike.
Be sure to bring plenty of water and ample sun protection with you for this trail, especially in the summer months. While there is good canopy and protection from the sun in many parts of the trail, the sun can be pretty intense at other points. If you’re heading out around sunset, be sure to bring a headlamp and/or flashlight with you to help you navigate back to your car.
Photography Pro Tips
Like many of our favorite Sedona hiking trails, we recommend bringing a wide-angle lens with you, or a camera with a panoramic mode. There are several opportunities to take photos of the Boynton Canyon below, and a macro lens just doesn’t do it justice. We also recommend taking some time to explore the towering canyon walls, which can make for breathtaking, imposing, photography subjects.