They say good things come to those who wait, and the 90 minute hike deep into Boynton Canyon is no exception. Intrepid hikers who make the trip through scrub brush and Manzanita before entering a juniper forest will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Canyon atop a stone mesa that also believed to be one of the most healing and rejuvenating vortexes in the world.
The open topography of the canyon creates an inflow vortex, where the negative energies of the earth and its peoples are drained and cleansed. Visitors here experience feelings of peace, calm, and deep personal connection. It is the perfect spot for meditation, song, quiet reflection or simply taking a deep breath and letting the beauty of the valley below sink in. Boynton Canyon has long been the site of Native American ritual, and one trip deep into the cool, green recesses of the canyon and you will understand why.
As you make your way up the four mile long trail, you traverse first through desert terrain, with crimson buttes and orange cliffs, before entering the higher elevations of ponderosa pine and ground covered with vibrantly bursting wildflowers. As you climb higher still, the view of the red rocks of Sedona below you is stunning. The scene is framed by boughs of green garland pine makes for the perfect picture spot.
It is the length of the canyon that contributes to the profound spiritual energy found here. Moving deeper into the canyon and further from the pressures of “real life”, visitors can expect to emerge relaxed and restored, just as the native peoples have been doing for thousands of years.
Boynton is about 2 miles west of Sedona off US 89A. From the Y-intersection of Arizona 89A and Arizona 179 in downtown Sedona, go west (left) on 89A for 3.1 miles, then turn north (right) onto Dry Creek Road. Proceed 2.9 miles to the T-intersection at Boynton Pass Road. Turn left and proceed 1.5 miles to another T-intersection. Turn right, go 0.3 mile and look for a small, dirt parking area on the right. The trail head is located just outside the entrance to the Enchantment Resort.