6.3 miles
Distance
940 ft
Climb
-940 ft
Descent
5,194 ft
High Point

To park in the lot, you need to have a Red Rock Canyon Parking Pass. You can purchase the pass in the lot from a vending machine at the entrance

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 spiritual energy vortex. Whether or not you follow this belief, you'll no doubt agree the beauty found among these towering buttes, crimson cliffs, and natural desert gardens is divine.

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.

The first side trail leads to a nice vista and the second leads to the Subway Cave and that trail gets steep and narrow at the top - not for everyone.

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Boynton Canyon Route is a 6 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Sedona Arizona. This hike only route. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 940 ft with a max elevation of 5,194 ft then descends -940 ft.
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  • Route Type
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  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Boynton Canyon Route mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    55 min 36 sec
  • Altitude min
    4,519 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,520 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,521 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -48.8%
  • Grade min
    65.8%
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,237 ft

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  1. Walk northwest on Boynton Canyon.
  2. Continue for 300 meters.
  3. Keep right to take Boynton Vista.
  4. Continue for 400 meters.
  5. Walk northeast on Boynton Vista.
  6. Continue for 400 meters.
  7. Turn right onto Boynton Canyon.
  8. Continue for 4 kilometers.
  9. Walk southeast on Boynton Canyon.
  10. Continue for 5 kilometers.
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Boynton Canyon
Mar 26, 2024 @ 4:30am
Mar 26, 2024
Everything is pretty well maintained. Gets a bit harder before you get to the subway cave. Worth the hike
Boynton Vista
Mar 3, 2024 @ 3:45am
Mar 3, 2024
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