Fay Canyon is a great trail for the whole family. Unlike many trails that require you to go “down, across and up” numerous arroyos (dry creeks), Fay Canyon is actually relatively flat. It is one of those trails that starts out good and keeps getter better that further you make your way back into this box canyon. The high red rock cliff walls coupled with the large oak and juniper trees make this a great trail year-round.
Fay Canyon is a favorite hike for many who prefer a shorter hike with minimal elevation gain or who enjoy the grandeur of red sandstone walls towering overhead. Some people visit Fay Canyon to see the natural arch located just under a half mile up the trail. Those who don’t know about it usually walk right past. Though the Fay Canyon Arch is by no means small, it looks so much like an ordinary rock overhang, it’s easy to glance right at it and not realize what you’ve seen. If you keep watching the rock wall to the north (right) side of the trail sooner or later you’ll spot it.
This small, hidden canyon supports a diverse community of desert plants and provides good views of the surrounding cliffs. It dead ends at a red Supai sandstone cliff. Throughout Fay Canyon you can marvel at the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you.
Sedona Arizona is the Day Hike Capital of America with over 100 hiking trails. Hiking is the largest and fastest growing sector of tourism in Sedona. The Hike House is committed to improving the hiking experience of each hiker and in doing so building a loyal Sedona tourism industry. Visit Sedona, visit the Hike House, experience Sedona hiking trails, and they know you will return again and again. The diversity of Sedona trails is as amazing as the challenge to select the best trail for you and your group. In keeping with their goal of delivering the best hiking experience they introduced the Sedona Trail Finder, a high definition visually interactive database of all of the Sedona trails and trail data (an experience in itself). Sedona hikes have never been easier to research and plan. The Sedona Trail Finder allows you and your group an opportunity to discuss criteria and filter through trails, identify appropriate trails, and select the best Sedona trails for you. Hiking Sedona has never been better and guaranteeing the best Hiking Experience has never been easier.
Short, sweet and simply stunning, the Bell Rock Pathway may be the most popular trail and one of the easiest of all the walk-ways and hikes in the Sedona area. Bell Rock, so named because the shape resembles that of a large bell, stands adjacent to Courthouse Butte and both, typically in tandem, are frequently the object of photographers and artists. The location also enjoys significant popularity as one of Sedona’s vortex sites.
The trail is wide, hard-packed with few if any hazards, easy to follow, and only 3.5 miles round trip, which for most (even us old fogies), can be accomplished in about an hour, packing a lot of scenic red rock punch for the time spent. The pathway heads out directly toward Bell Rock and through some beautiful upland desert—stands of juniper with a few pinon pine mixed in, yucca and agave, and thickets of manzanita. Bird song rings out from every direction and it’s not uncommon to rustle up a covey or two of Gambel’s quail scurrying for cover.