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    Boynton Vista Trail


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    Exploring the Boynton Canyon area? Check out the vortex site near the canyon (said to be Sedona’s strongest) using the Boynton Vista Trail. This quick trail takes you to where the vortex is said to be. You can sit at the Kachina Woman rock or the Warrior Rock and see if you feel the vortex’s energy.

    This hike can be done alone as a fast trip or added on to a longer hike on the Boynton Canyon Trail, which explores one of the most beautiful box canyons in Red Rock Country. This hike sees heavy traffic, so it’s best to arrive early if you can. This section of trail is suitable for all skill levels, but there are some more strenuous sections if you decide to go into the canyon.

    This is a very convenient trail to enjoy if you’re staying at the Enchantment Resort. Note that there are no bikes allowed on this route.

    Route Description for Boynton Vista Trail

    Want to feel the energy of one of Sedona’s famed vortexes? Take the Boynton Vista Trail near Boynton Canyon, a box canyon perched in the mountains above Sedona. This trail takes you to a vortex site that’s said to be Sedona’s strongest on an easy route. It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty and a great hike to add to your list if you’re exploring Sedona.

    This route is suitable for all skill levels and ages. If you choose to explore the canyon as well, there are some areas on that trail that are a bit more challenging, but it’s still suitable for most.

    Begin from the trailhead. You’ll cross the Boynton Canyon Creek and turn left. Hike alongside the Boynton Canyon Creek for a short distance and then take a right where the trail splits.

    Make a modest climb up to the vista. Admire the twisted trunks of juniper trees and the Kachina Woman and Warrior rocks above you, which some hikers like to meditate under.

    At the vista site, settle in to experience the view. The vortex sites are said to have magnificent energy by some, but others might not feel much at all. Whether you do or not, take in the view of this most spectacular desert landscape.

    When you’re ready, head back down from the vista site. Take a left at the first junction, hike along the creek bed, and then take a right to cross the creek bed and return to the trailhead.

    If you want to explore Boynton Canyon, take a right at the first junction and wander as far as you like. The popular Subway Cave is further up this trail. If you’re going further, it’s wise to make sure you’ve got enough water, especially if you’re hiking in the heat. It’s a much longer hike than the vista trail.

    Trail Highlights

    Boynton Canyon Vortex

    Sedona is known for its vortex sites, which are areas where energy is said to swirl more intensely than other parts of the earth. The energies can be healing, meditative, and creatively inspiring. While there’s no way to test whether or not the vortex sites are energy hotspots, some people report feeling their energies in a significant way. Try it out for yourself! The Boynton Canyon vortex is said to mix both masculine and feminine energies, each with its own benefits.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which is the most powerful vortex in Sedona?

    The Boynton Canyon vortex is said to be the strongest in Sedona.

    What does a vortex feel like?

    The sensations felt by people at this vortex site range from nothing to tingling and vibration from the ground. Some people report feeling inspired, energized, or healed.

    Is Boynton Canyon Trail okay for kids?

    Children should be able to complete this trail, but it’s not stroller-friendly.

    Insider Hints for Boynton Vista Trail

    • Arrive at the trailhead early as the parking for this hike is limited and the cave can get busy.
    • Bring lots of water and avoid the hot middle of the day if you plan to hike in the summertime.

    Getting to the Boynton Vista Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Boynton Vista Trail is on Boynton Canyon Road.

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