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Florence Coke Ovens

Friday, September 09, 2016

Alt Names

Martinez Canyon, Box Canyon, Queen Valley, Florence Junction, Walnut Canyon, Ajax Mine, Double Peaks, Mineral Mountain, North Butte, Bell Butte, The Rincon, Gila River, Cottonwood Canyon Road, Diversion Dam Road, Cochran Coke Ovens

Last Known StatusOpen

This area is very popular with the locals and if you go there you will know why.

Among the many things to see here are the “Box Canyon”, which is a tall, narrow and colorful canyon that has a small runoff stream that flows through the center during the winter months, various mines, old houses and cabins. If coming in from the center of Florence, keep to the main road to reach the box canyon.

Some of the rock-face climbs will be challenging for some jeeps and trucks, however most intermediate motorcycle riders and ATVers should not have too much of a problem. Do beware of the potential for flash flooding of the box canyon area during and after heavy rain. This is a great trail for any type of vehicle - lifted 4x4, Jeep, motorcycle, or ATV. A good time is guaranteed.

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***ANNOUNCEMENTS*** (September 2016)

Coke Ovens on Private Property
Please note that the coke ovens are located on private property. The trails themselves leading to the ovens are not closed or private but the property lines do cross the trail with no signs. Signs have been placed however someone keeps taking them down. We ask that you please respect the property owners wishes and to not remove any signage. Several clubs are trying to work with the owner to provide access.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityMesa, AZ
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From: Mesa, AZ
1) Take Hwy 60 east to exit 212 (Florence Junction)
2) Turn right (south) off the exit ramp onto Hwy 79, continue 5.4 miles
3) Look for a cattle guard on the left (east), turn here.

For the south entrance staging area
4) Continue 9.9 miles
5) Turn left (east) on Diversion Dam Road, continue 5.1 miles
6) Look for a large flat open area on the left, turn here.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandState Trust Land

RATINGS

Prostop notch scenery, very fun narrow and tall canyon with many shallow water crossings
Constrails are not marked, busy, unclear about legal and illegal boundaries, no clear staging area, super long access road
Our RatingRatingExcellent    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Winter/Spring
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles50
Miles Of Trail50
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation1500 to 2500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has some trees.Some
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Someside trails
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis vacant land has few sand or gravel pits.Fewnot legal
Single TrackThis vacant land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis vacant land has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe vacant land has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
ShadeThis vacant land has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/GunfireThis vacant land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Beware of open mine shafts.
rider traffic in canyon, flash floods
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Someside trails

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesAZGFD sticker required
AZ State Trust Land Recreation Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (NW)Banner Baywood Medical Center Full-screen (480) 321-2000
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)Chevron/Florence
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NW)Shell/Gold Canyon (480) 671-7182
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (S)Chevron/Florence
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)KOA/Apache Junction (480) 982-4015
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)KOA/Apache Junction (480) 982-4015
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NW)KOA/Apache Junction (480) 982-4015
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (S)Florence
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (NW)Salt River Tubing & Recreation (480) 984-3305
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site Box Canyon Creek (seasonal)
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (NW)Saguaro Lake Marina (480) 986-5546

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoArizona State Land Department
1616 W. Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 364-2753
inquiry@land.az.gov
land.az.gov
Contact InfoBLM - Arizona State Office
One North Central Ave. Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4427
(602) 417-9200
asoweb_az@blm.gov
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoArizona Game & Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000
(602) 942-3000
www.azgfd.gov
CommentOHV Decal Info
Contact InfoArizona ATV Adventure Tours
3301 North State Rte 79
Florence, AZ 85232
(800) 242-6335
(520) 577-1824
azatv777@hotmail.com
www.arizonaatvadventures.com

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Florence Coke Ovens Trail

The box canyon portion of the trail has high walls and shallow water (usually).

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenic view of Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

There are also some abandoned mines to see and great desert scenery.  The trails are wide, but not always smooth.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenery from Florence Coke Ovens Trail

The box canyon gets pretty narrow where the stream becomes the trail.  Full size trucks will not find much room to spare.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

OHV at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike getting wet at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

OHV at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike getting wet at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

A trail at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

4 by 4 at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle getting wet at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

OHV at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

You'll pass by the dam if you come in from Florence.  You can often cross the river below the dam, to reach the sand pits.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

This wash is another diversion off the main road coming in from Florence (south entrance).

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle crossing the water at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

You can find just about every type of terrain in this area.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

4x4 at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenery at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle traversing the water at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike getting wet at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike getting wet at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

This is the main staging area (northern).  You can access the trails from here by following Cottonwood Canyon Road.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenery from Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

OHV at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenic view at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

OHV traversing the water at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

There are some great ATV guided tours that run up this canyon from Florence.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike crossing some water at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

OHV at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle getting wet at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenic view of Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Another example of where the stream becomes the trail.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenery at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle traversing the water at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike traversing the water at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

This canal is on the south side of the river and this road leads to some sandy play pits.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Yep, there is sand here too.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenery from Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Both routes (northern and southern entrances) start out pretty smooth.  Just stay on the main road and you'll reach the canyon.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenery at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Aproaching the box canyon from the south.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike crossing some water at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle traversing the water at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenery at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike crossing the water at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike crossing some water at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

A trail at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike getting wet at Florence Coke Ovens Trail

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