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Fay canyon and arch

Fay arch
The trail through Fay canyon
Fay Arch
The end of Fay canyon
Fay Canyon
Along the Fay Canyon trail
Map: Fay Canyon
Along the Fay Canyon trail
elevation plot: Fay canyon


How to Get There
This hike is located near Sedona, AZ.

From the Phoenix area, take I-17 North to exit 298 to HWY 179 West into Sedona. Follow the signs to 89A West. Turn right 3.1 miles after the junction on Dry Creek Road. When you reach the intersection of 152C, turn left and go another 1.6 miles. At Boynton Pass road, turn left and go the final 0.5 miles to a signed parking area on your left.
Boynton pass road

Hike details

1.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
1.0 miles round trip.
1.00 [Hours]
It took me about an hour.
Elevation Change
300 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 300ft elevation gain
Hike Trail Type
Out and Back


Best Season
  • April
  • May
  • October
  • November
Date Hike completed
January 04, 2004


Solitude Details
This is a popular hike and the parking lot will be crowded. Expect to meet 15-30 people on this hike during a weekend.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
Relaxing and mellow hiking. This is an Easy hike. This hike is a good introduction to the Sedona area and good for beginners.


Be Aware of
crowded parking

Hike up Fay Canyon to Fay Arch near Sedona, Arizona

Note: You do not need a "Red Rock Pass" to park at this trailhead (as of May 2016).

This well marked trail heads through a shady canyon to start. After about 0.5 miles on this flat trail, keep your eyes on the canyon right to see the natural arch. A reasonably well marked (but unsigned) trail starts off here to the arch. The arch requires a short scramble to climb up on top. Watch your step! 

After admiring the arch, continue up the last 0.5 miles to the end of the canyon. The maintained trail (marked "End" on the map) stops short of the end of the canyon. I explored a bit past this on a rocky trail just to see, but there was a recent burn in the area that made the going tough. Please respect any ruins or artifacts you see.

After this hike, you'll most likely be looking for another one in the area... I know I was. 


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