Fay Canyon in Arizona

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Fay Canyon

The hike through Fay Canyon during the spring or summer time is like wandering through a colorful wonderland. Transitioning from dry scrub brush to lush forests of juniper, oak, and wildflowers, the canyon is a vibrant magical place welcoming all explorers.

  • Hike up the side of the canyon to see a beautiful natural arch. 
  • Enjoy the diverse plant life along the trail. 
  • Explore new heights and get a great view of the entire canyon.

What can I see and do at Fay Canyon? 

  • Natural Arch:
    About a mile into the trail, there is a side trail marked by a pile of rocks that will lead you up to the arch. The arch is hard to see from the main trail but once you hike up the side trail it becomes visible. 
  • Diverse Plant Life:
    Fay Canyon is home to a diverse variety of plant life. The beginning of the trail is lined with cacti and yuccas, stretching deeper into a forest of alligator bark juniper and eventually oak trees. Fay canyon is also one of the best trails to see wildflowers, which usually bloom from spring to fall. 
  • Scenic Views:
    There are a number of side trails that take you up the side of the canyon with great views. After about 2.5 miles you will reach a sign that notes the end of the trail. If you are feeling adventurous, here you have the option of forking left or right and following a foot path that climbs a bit higher to get a view of the whole canyon.

Where is Fay Canyon?

From the intersection of Hwy 89a and Hwy 179, drive west of Hwy 179 about 3 miles, turn right on Dry Creek Rd, drive about 3 miles and turn left on Boynton Pass Rd, drive about 1.5 miles and make a left at the stop sign continuing on Boynton Pass Rd, trailhead parking will be on the left side of the road, the trail begins on the right side of the road.

When is Fay Canyon open?

Trail is open year round.

How much does Fay Canyon cost?

If you plan to park at the trailhead, you will need a Red Rock Pass. Passes can be purchased at the Red Rock Ranger District, in town, or at a few of the trailheads on the way to Fay Canyon, look for the signs.

  • Day pass- $5
  • Week pass- $15
  • Year pass- $20

Who can I call if I have more questions?

Red Rock Ranger District (928) 282-4119