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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  • alindner25
    The Cincinnati Region223 contributions
    Great Views
    Views are spectacular. Trail is pretty tough on the body. A little disappointing that there is a resort and some large homes in the middle of the canyon at the beginning with some construction happening, so you can hear resort noise and construction noise which takes away from the ambiance. The “subway cave” is off of this trail, so lots of instagrammers looking to get the perfect shot on this trail. If you actually continue on the trail to the end, it is quite rigorous at the end with large rocks and a very steep hike to the top. Parking was a little bit if a challenge as we arrived by 8 am and the lot was already full.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 16, 2023
  • Diane Y
    Redondo Beach, California73 contributions
    Fantastic views
    This was a great trail that was mostly easy (a few inclines and slippery spots but not much). We saw small children and older people so it really is an easy trail. We did this hike on a dry day. I think it would be much more difficult in the rain because I can see how those inclines would be much harder. Fantastic views that varied along the trail. Lots of picture-worthy spots. I am knocking off one star because the trail head markers aren't always clear. They could use more and improve the clarity of them.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 22, 2023
  • Robert B
    Plattsmouth, Nebraska513 contributions
    Long But worth it
    Amazing hike and we ended up doing about 11 miles by the time we walked from the road to the Subway Cave and the end of the trail at the end of the canyon. The trail to the Subway is a gradual uphill climb with a few steeper climbs then a steep climb at the end to get to the Subway cave. If you are not careful, you will miss the turn for the "Unmarked and Unmaintained Trail to the Subway Cave" This part is narrower but very busy part of the trail. I would guess 90 percent only go this far. At the Subway, I would suggest the climb to the left as it is easier to get up to the ledge. It is higher up and is a ledge but I am normally scared of heights but still made it. We continued on to the end of the trail and you end up above the tree line at the end of the canyon about 2 miles past the turnout for the Subway Cave. As you hike through the trees and the rushing water and start to climb up and out of the canyon, the peace of the area sets in. The last bit is again a little steep and you have to some rock scrambling to get to the top. The view at the end is amazing and worth the long hike.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2023
  • kukiimnzta
    New Jersey264 contributions
    Subway cave is awesome
    Hiked the 6 miles with my kids (7&9), the best part was the subway cave (tight squeeze up those rocks!) but fun. The views are amazing and the caves across the subway cave are cool too. Terrains is mostly flat and not too many views until you get to the end.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written April 30, 2023
  • connie h
    Houston, Texas161 contributions
    Amazing Hike
    We loved this hike. We took the turn off to Subway Cave. It was amazing getting to the top where the subway was. It is not for the weak and hiking shoes are a must. It is too difficult to climb in tennis shoes. If you have a chance and at least 4 hours of time try looking for the Subway Cave on the Boynton Canyon Trail. It is well worth it!!
    Visited March 2023
    Written May 9, 2023
  • mreid
    62 contributions
    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, Illinois14 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written November 14, 2023
  • dirtdonthurt
    9 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 14, 2023
  • Steve G
    Windsor, Canada11 contributions
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written January 21, 2024
  • Deb C
    Carver, Minnesota92 contributions
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
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Lauren D
Fort Worth, TX1 contribution
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, MN92 contributions
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, MA70 contributions
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, Canada11 contributions
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
9 contributions
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
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KevfromKY
Lexington, KY27 contributions
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, IL14 contributions
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
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Amanda R
2 contributions
Sept 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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mreid
phx62 contributions
Jul 2023
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.
Written July 21, 2023
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connie h
Houston, TX161 contributions
Mar 2023
We loved this hike. We took the turn off to Subway Cave. It was amazing getting to the top where the subway was. It is not for the weak and hiking shoes are a must. It is too difficult to climb in tennis shoes. If you have a chance and at least 4 hours of time try looking for the Subway Cave on the Boynton Canyon Trail. It is well worth it!!
Written May 9, 2023
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