Set in the majestic red rock Boynton Canyon just outside Sedona, Arizona, Enchantment Resort has recently been augmented by an impressive center for outdoor adventure and “active exploration,” specifically hiking and mountain biking on the 300 miles of surrounding trails. The new facility, Trail House, is the work of one of Enchantment’s owners, Dana Tang, whose New York-based firm Gluckman Tang Architects designed the resort’s spectacular Mii Amo destination spa. The 4,000-square-foot center was built with adobe brick, red rock-inspired stucco walls, pigmented concrete floors and a “latilla” roof of peeled-pine logs. During construction, trees that could not remain in place were preserved and replanted.
The centerpiece of the Trail House is the Map Room, which features a 12-foot video wall and a 3D topographic map table. Many of the guides at the center worked previously for the National Forest Service and over many years acquired intimate knowledge of the region, especially its geology, wildlife and cultural history. A portion of the profits from guided hikes and biking will be donated to the Boynton Canyon Preservation Fund, which supports the conservation of the area’s trails and ecosystems.