Fay Canyon was our first hike in Sedona and our favorite. It was recommended to us for being an easy hike with good views. It delivered on both counts! There is a side trail up to an arch that is fairly steep and strenuous but it had great panoramic views! We went early in the morning before it got very hot. Much of the trail is shady which is a bonus in the Sedona heat. At the end of the trail, there are some big rocks you can climb. The view from them is worth it! About half way down the trail, look for two piles of rocks marking the entrance to the side trail to Fay Arch. It is hard to distinguish the arch until you get closer to it when you realize the arch you are seeing is separated from the main part of the actual rock. It is a steep climb up to the arch! There is no fee to park at the beginning of the trail. Park close to the road since the trail head is across the street. The trail is a little over a mile one way (not including the side trail to Fay Arch) and we spent a couple hours doing it (enjoyed climbing on the rocks and sitting and enjoying the peaceful environment).
We also drove the dirt/gravel part of Boynton Pass. We turned on FR525 and it eventually came back out to Hwy. 89A. It was a long drive and very difficult in a regular car. I would NOT recommend doing it! Better to back track and go out Dry Creek Road.
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