Boynton Canyon Trail
Boynton Canyon Trail
4.5
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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This popular hiking trail heads about three miles into a deep box canyon and includes ancient Sinaguan Indian ruins along the way.
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  • mreid
    69 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boynton Canyon is a nice trail.
    Requires: Red Rock Pass or America the Beautiful Pass This is a popular trail so you will encounter many hikers. The trail is pretty flat, but sandy in parts. It is shaded for a good deal of the hike but start by 6:00 during the hot summer months. Turn-off to the Subway Cave is hard to find.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Maddie M
    Chicago, Illinois26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy to moderate hike on Boynton Trail to see Subway Cave!
    Went with my family on vacation aged 50s and 20s. This hike was not very challenging until you get to the cave. I think the entire trail itself is about 6 miles however we did not go to the end of Boynton Trail. We hiked about 2 miles then turned off the trail to get to Subway Cave. We followed a few other hikers up there however there is a large arrow with Subway Cave carved into a rock left by other hikers to show the way so cannot miss it. From there it is about a half mile until the cave and the ruins. Really cool spot to see the cave and the only challenging part of the hike was figuring out the way up to the cave. There are two ways to get up one is a narrow and slide like looking (which is how I got down) and the other is a small climb up some rocks and shuffling across a narrow path. The second option to get up is also where the ruins are with some carvings on the wall which I heard was left by a tribe! Very cool view and definitely would recommend this hike as it is not very challenging and can be done with kids as well.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 14, 2023
  • dirtdonthurt
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boynton Canyon Vista Trail
    Boynton Canyon Vista Trail was a 1.6 miles out and back. The trail was fairly easy, but not well marked. Try to stay on the path. There are some steep areas where you will need to climb over rocks, but not strenuous. Once you reach the vista, it is very beautiful. Some say that the energy is felt from the vortex; however, we did not feel anything. It did not deter us from enjoying the beautiful views. We went early in the morning during the week and there were many parking spots available. Additionally, there is a restroom onsite. One last thing, there are signs for black bears, however, we did not come across any.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 14, 2023
  • Steve G
    Windsor, Canada58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BOYNTON TRAIL WORTH THE DAY HIKE
    Boynton Trail is a easy/moderate trail that runs 6.7 miles round trip. Most think that easy hikes because of relatively not 10+ slope os un true. You are climbing from 5600ft to 7400ft Bring water and protein snacks. Most do not bring enough water I recommend electrolyte powder that you can add to water if needed. This HELPS HUGE. This trail once up to the shoot and the plateau it is fabulous view. We stopped many times along the way to get some great shots and tracked some bear tracks. 7 out of 10 hike Great spot
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 21, 2024
  • Deb C
    Carver, Minnesota110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My Favorite hike in Sedona!
    Incredible! It snow the night before we hiked and everything was just gorgeous. We were so fortunate to have a totally sunny morning. Most of the trail was snow covered on the way out, and what wasn't was wet but not muddy. The Boyton Canyon trail was fairly easy and the 1/2 mile spur to the cave was too, BUT climbing up into the cave was challenging, especially with wet rocks! Two couples did not even try. Once you get up you are at the back of the cave. When you turn around you have the most incredible view, even more so with the snow I think! I am so glad we did not miss it! Getting down was more difficult than getting up. My husband went down before me and help me or I don't think I could have done it. When we got down we found out we could have walk around a very narrow ledge to the ruins and come down a rocky trail! By the time we headed back it had clouded up and the much of the snow had melted, making the trail more slushy.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
  • Lauren D
    Fort Worth, Texas1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an invigorating walk
    What an invigorating walk. I came here so I wouldn't be stressed by the rush of common tourist attractions, and that's exactly what I got. Great guides to guide us, as there are certain points on the walk where you don't know which way to go. lol I didn't take a photo to show the landscape because I wanted to relax. But it's very worth it.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 21, 2024
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ChristyLynne3
Cincinnati, OH62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Amazing views and fun hike. Beginning of trail easy and then gets a bit rocky. Seemed like a popular trail but didn't feel crowded.
Written May 24, 2024
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Debbie S
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We hiked to the Subway Cave. To find the cave turn right on the path at exactly the 2-mile marker. It’s a bit of a scramble up rocks to the cave but not too bad. The cave was cool but the hike itself is somewhat spoiled by the Enchantment Resort on the left. We finished the hike by taking the Vista View short spur on the way back. Very peaceful up there!
Written April 15, 2024
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Lauren D
Fort Worth, TX1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
What an invigorating walk. I came here so I wouldn't be stressed by the rush of common tourist attractions, and that's exactly what I got. Great guides to guide us, as there are certain points on the walk where you don't know which way to go. lol
I didn't take a photo to show the landscape because I wanted to relax. But it's very worth it.
Written February 21, 2024
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Deb C
Carver, MN110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Incredible! It snow the night before we hiked and everything was just gorgeous. We were so fortunate to have a totally sunny morning. Most of the trail was snow covered on the way out, and what wasn't was wet but not muddy. The Boyton Canyon trail was fairly easy and the 1/2 mile spur to the cave was too, BUT climbing up into the cave was challenging, especially with wet rocks! Two couples did not even try. Once you get up you are at the back of the cave. When you turn around you have the most incredible view, even more so with the snow I think! I am so glad we did not miss it! Getting down was more difficult than getting up. My husband went down before me and help me or I don't think I could have done it. When we got down we found out we could have walk around a very narrow ledge to the ruins and come down a rocky trail! By the time we headed back it had clouded up and the much of the snow had melted, making the trail more slushy.
Written February 11, 2024
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Lumpyspacequeen
Longmeadow, MA69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Gorgeous views and a vortex! Easy hike except for last scramble if you take the vortex trail. I swear I felt something! Well worth it
Written January 28, 2024
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Steve G
Windsor, Canada58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Boynton Trail is a easy/moderate trail that runs 6.7 miles round trip. Most think that easy hikes because of relatively not 10+ slope os un true. You are climbing from 5600ft to 7400ft
Bring water and protein snacks.
Most do not bring enough water
I recommend electrolyte powder that you can add to water if needed. This HELPS HUGE.
This trail once up to the shoot and the plateau it is fabulous view.
We stopped many times along the way to get some great shots and tracked some bear tracks.
7 out of 10 hike
Great spot
Written January 21, 2024
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dirtdonthurt
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Boynton Canyon Vista Trail was a 1.6 miles out and back. The trail was fairly easy, but not well marked. Try to stay on the path. There are some steep areas where you will need to climb over rocks, but not strenuous. Once you reach the vista, it is very beautiful. Some say that the energy is felt from the vortex; however, we did not feel anything. It did not deter us from enjoying the beautiful views. We went early in the morning during the week and there were many parking spots available. Additionally, there is a restroom onsite. One last thing, there are signs for black bears, however, we did not come across any.
Written December 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

KevfromKY
Lexington, KY32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Hiked Boynton to Subway Cave, then back…. 5m round trip (total time around 3hrs).

We went on a Wed in late Nov - perfect weather and not crowded.

The Subway Cave trail is located around the 2mile mark. This was not marked in any way. Luckily we were using AllTrails app. I wonder why this is not marked. Hmmm

The Subway Cave is pretty challenging and requires some careful rock scaling (hands and feet). We watched others before doing it.

A great experience!
Written November 29, 2023
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Maddie M
Chicago, IL26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Went with my family on vacation aged 50s and 20s. This hike was not very challenging until you get to the cave. I think the entire trail itself is about 6 miles however we did not go to the end of Boynton Trail. We hiked about 2 miles then turned off the trail to get to Subway Cave. We followed a few other hikers up there however there is a large arrow with Subway Cave carved into a rock left by other hikers to show the way so cannot miss it. From there it is about a half mile until the cave and the ruins. Really cool spot to see the cave and the only challenging part of the hike was figuring out the way up to the cave. There are two ways to get up one is a narrow and slide like looking (which is how I got down) and the other is a small climb up some rocks and shuffling across a narrow path. The second option to get up is also where the ruins are with some carvings on the wall which I heard was left by a tribe! Very cool view and definitely would recommend this hike as it is not very challenging and can be done with kids as well.
Written November 14, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Amanda R
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
A breathtaking trip and great weather after Phoenix's heat! Most of this hike is easy to medium. Not good for young children, and be careful with older children if you do Subway Cave. I wouldn't take a child as I've seen too many behave recklessly near cliff edges (here and elsewhere). Bring water and walking sticks are advised.
Written September 23, 2023
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