“A nice run to Fay Canyon Arch and the box canyon at the end.
— John Maurizi
Fay Canyon is one of the shorter box canyons located in Sedona. The total length is about 2.5 miles roundtrip if you do not include Fay Canyon Arch or an attempt to find Fay Canyon Indian ruins. It is a very easy run along the canyon floor with a dry wash on the right.
Fay Canyon Arch is just off to the right on the Fay Canyon Trail. It is about a 1/4 mile up the canyon. There is no sign post showing the direction of the arch. As the Fay Canyon Trail follows a dry wash on the right, you'll see a set of cairns that mark the trail. Cross the wash and follow the well-established trail. Soon, you'll be able to identify the arch. You can run all the way up to the arch. This is a nice little side trip from the main trail.
At the end of the trail is a sign stating the end of the maintained trail. Beyond this point, you cross over the dry wash and there is a nice area in front of a sandstone fin of sorts that can be explored a bit on either side. If you go early, you can enjoy the peace and quiet of the canyon and relax a bit at the end of the trail before returning.
Directions: Located on Boynton Pass Road, between Boynton Canyon Road and the Doe Mountain Trailhead. You can’t miss the large paved parking area.