Hiking Sedona’s Boynton Canyon Trail
It was sunny, 50º, 9:00 in the morning, and we were staying at the fabulous Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona.
When we planned our trip to Sedona, Arizona we planned to bring our hiking gear, and get out on the trails. Little did we know that the Boynton Canyon Trail lay right outside our door at the resort.
The Boynton Canyon Trail is a fairly easy, 2.5 mile trail, that will give you a nice 5 mile hike out and back.
We joined the trail out the back door of the Mii Amo Spa, and were quickly rewarded with canyon views of the entire resort.
As we meandered in and out of the morning shadows, we found ourselves on the sandy floor of the canyon heading northwesterly back into the depths of the canyon. As we continued, the sounds of modernity faded into the distance, and we began to enjoy the sounds of the songbirds, the rustling of small lizards in the leaves, the solitude of the early morning, the sounds of the wind singing through the tops of the pine trees, the growing number of oak trees the farther we journeyed, and the incredible vistas that were available in absolutely every direction.
As we were making our way down the trail, a young gal came zipping along the trail and passed us on her own trek on the glorious trail. Another 10 minutes down the trail I noticed fresh human barefoot tracks on the trail. We later smiled when we caught the same young gal hiking back, shoes in hand.
Because of our particular time constraints, we were unable to complete the entire journey, and were forced to turn back before we reached the trails end.
As we made our way back, we noticed that the trail was now becoming fairly busy with others who had likely put away their late breakfasts, and were now out enjoying this canyon trail as well.
We were no longer enjoying solitude as folks were busily chatting their way down the trail. We got many questions like: “how much farther is the trail?”
As we were approaching the resort entrance we heard a noisy Japanese couple making their way along the trail. When they approached us the woman inquired, in very broken English, “Can you feel the vortex? Oh, the vortex is making me very happy today”, as she gleefully pranced her way along the trail.
As she passed, we looked at each other, gave each other a knowing smile, and finished off the last leg of our morning hike.
The Boynton Canyon Trail should be an easy hike for any baby boomer, and is one that in our book shouldn’t be missed when coming to Sedona.
Big thumbs up!