No one knows when the first humans arrived in Boynton Canyon, but this magnificent setting is part of the creation story told by the elders from various Arizona tribes. The prehistoric waters that covered the Southwest left behind incredible red rock formations, which, in turn, attracted ancient peoples — seeking places of natural beauty and energy.
Enchantment Resort® lives up to its spectacular setting with architecture and activities that pay tribute to the history of this colorful region.
A PLACE OF IMMENSE HEALING
The mysterious Boynton Canyon, known also known by the Apache name, Che Ah Chi, has an intriguing history that includes dramatic earth changes, prehistoric ruins, creation stories, inhabitants and healing waters.
AS HISTORY IS MADE
Homesteader John Boeington, whose name became associated with the canyon, was only one of the early settlers. Miners, ranchers and Native Americans who struggled to survive in the region were all drawn by the natural pageantry of the breathtaking red rock walls.
After Boeington left, other land owners included a Montana rancher, the literary secretary of Western novelist Zane Grey, a mid-century resident who built a 9,000-square-foot mansion, and eventually tennis legend John Gardiner who had plans for a hotel in Sedona.