John Guilford's Hikes
Boynton Canyon, Sedona on 2008-06-23
Location: Boynton Canyon, Sedona
People: (including myself): Pam
Start: 11:30 0
Lunch/Turn Around: 1:45 2.4
Out: 3:30 4.8
This was our first "real" hike in Sedona and we woefully underestimated the
amount of water we needed to carry. The temperature was in the low 100s.
To get to the trailhead, from 89A in west Sedona, take Dry Creek Road
north. At the end (a T), take a left on Boynton Canyon Rd. When this T's
into Boynton Pass Rd, take a right. The trail head is a short distance on
Near the beginning of the trail there is a short side trail leading up to a
viewpoint vista. The main trail follows along the east side of the
Enchantment Resort for a surprisingly (to us) long way. Eventually you
pass the northern end of the resort. The trail continues north before left
turn into Boynton Canyon proper.
A short way after the start of the trail, a side trail splits off and
climbs up a little saddle viewpoint vista. We decided to go there on
the way in when we were fresher. It is a relatively short side trip well
worth the effort. We met a pair of hikers coming the other way who told us
that the vista was supposed to be one of the vortexes that Sedona is famous
After returning from the vista, we continued up the main trail. It wanders
along the side of the resort for a while. Eventually we left the resort
behind. The trail here is pretty open, and hence it is sunny and warm. It
was along here that we realized how fast we were going through our water
and came to the conclussion that we wouldn't likely be able to get to the
end of the canyon. Still, we wanted to reach the more wooded canyon beyond
the bend. Even if we couldn't go all the way, the views of the red rock
still made the hike worthwhile.
We continued on while watching our water consumption. Eventually the
vegetation got higher and we started getting more shade. Soon we were
among real trees. The hiking is more pleasant here. After meeting
some more hikers coming the other way, we decided that trying to push all
the way to the canyon head wasn't a good idea. It wasn't worth the risk of
overheating due to lack of water on the hike out.
We found a nice, shady spot for lunch. Somewhat refreshed, we turned
around and headed back out. The lighting had changed with the passing
time, and facing the other way we saw a different aspect of the surrounding
The hike out didn't seem as long as it did on the way in, but that's a
common perception. Soon we got to the more exposed (sunny) part of the
trail, then we hit the edge of the resort, and finally we were at the
It was a gorgeous trail which we highly recommend. We just wish we had
brought more water so that we could have explored more and gone to the end
of the canyon. We were tempted to come back again (with more water), but
with so many other trails to places we hadn't been, we knew we wouldn't be
back this trip.
John sitting at the Vista overlook.
Vista overlook as seen from the main trail.
Canyon rim from inside Boynton Canyon.
John, after lunch.
Looking into Boynton Canyon from near the resort. The route leads
straight back into the center of the photo and then turns left into the
more wooded canyon.
Red rock near the start of the trail, showing some of the resort
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