How To Find The Sedona Subway Cave Hike via Boynton Canyon Trail
How do you hike the Subway Cave in Sedona? Getting to the Sedona Subway is one of the biggest kept secrets in Sedona as locals and everyone likes to keep gems like this a secret.
The Subway Cave is also home to Sinagua ruins that you must visit when you are up near and in the cave. You can also visit one of the Sedona vortexes on this Boynton Canyon Hike.
Of course our stance is we want everyone to have the best experience, views and get the biggest smiles possible so we want to share how to get to the Subway Cave in sedona!
It can actually be really tough as the directions out there for how to get the Subway are as clear as mud! All Trails suggestions and peoples maps didn’t help a ton so we have pictures, videos and more on how to get to the Subway!
The hike itself isn’t hard at all, we would rank it as “easy” but it is 5.3 miles round-trip so to some that could be “moderate” if you are not able bodied. It is mostly flat with only a couple places of any significant incline.
At the end as you go up to the Subway it is a little tough going to climb up the narrow gap however 85% of people can do it. If you can’t there is another way to do it by going to the left up towards the little ruins and wrap around vs. directly right up the mini cliff.
However, below you will find step by step instructions and markers to find the Sedona Subway. Check out our Sedona Bucket List and Top Restaurants in Sedona articles too so you can see those while there!
There are also a couple of ruins that you cannot miss! As you do the final trek up to the Subway you will notice the ruins on the side of the mountain to your left. You can easily enough walk around to there before or after your Subway visit.
Sedona Subway Cave Hike via Boynton Canyon Trail
5.3 Miles Round-Trip | Out & Back
Need directions to the Subway Cave in Sedona? Well this will give you everything you need below!
If you want two other amazing caves see the other two best caves in Sedona here and pictured below.
Starting at the Boynton Canyon trailhead it is simple enough. There will be a couple of forks in the road early but they are well marked with big signs telling you where to stay on the Boynton Canyon trail.
You will walk next to the Enchantment Resort with it on your left for around a mile. The hike itself is pretty as you are in the canyon the entire trail.
There will be a creekbed 1.2 miles into the hike and you are over halfway to the turnoff from the main path.
The turnoff is the hardest part where many get lost as people say there is an “alligator tree” and sticks blocking a turn off, however there is actually a similar setup 1.63 miles into the hike, so don’t get confused!
The turnoff to the Subway Cave is 2.02 miles from the trailhead. You will pass this “alligator tree” pictured below, which will be on your left.
There are sticks on the right, which you can see about 15 feet to the right past the tree. That is where you will turn off the path and go towards the Subway.
From the turn off it is only another .65 miles to the Subway but there is one more fork that throws people off!
You will come to a fallen tree and creek bed .18 miles from the turnoff (pictured above). Do not cross the creek bed, where there is a trail as well, turn sharp right past the broken tree stump and go up the hill.
It is smooth sailing with an easy path to follow from there for the last .47 miles or so. There is a little bit of an incline but nothing too crazy.
As you go up towards the Subway you will see the ruins on your left up on the mountain. Definitely go see the after or before you stop by the Subway.
You can access the Subway by going directly up, like the picture above, or you can go to a path that is between the Subway and the ruins.
That way is a little easier and then you wrap around on the ledge to get to the Subway vs. going up the tight little cliff face area.
Definitely take your time and take all the pictures! There are a few cool little caves and two ruins! Plus tons of stunning views from the multiple lookouts.
- Pretty flat & easy most of the way
- One of the coolest pictures in Sedona
- Also has open mouth caves around the corner
- Has ruins around the corner
- Path is shaded often, which is great during the summer
- Boynton Canyon is a really pretty hike on its own
- Lots of free parking just 500 feet down the street from the trailhead
- Dogs allowed on a leash
- No real cons! Great length of hike and good for most any level of hiker.
- It is hard to find but with this article it should make it much easier.
- Follow this guide or it can be hard to find
- Be sure to see the ruins and other open mouth caves nearby
- If you aren’t comfortable going straight up into the cave you can access the Subway easier by going to the left and walking up and around vs. directly up into the cave.
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