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Florence Coke Ovens

Friday, August 17, 2018

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 is the "Box Canyon", a tall, narrow and colorful canyon that has a small runoff stream that flows through the center during the winter months. Old mines, houses and abandoned cabins are among other things to see. 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*** (April 2017)

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 CityFlorence, AZ
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
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

Approx Size32,000 acres (50 sq mi)
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
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep vehicle on trail
AlcoholProhibited
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

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 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

Five beehive coke ovens surrounded by saguaro cacti and creosote bushes.

The beehived shaped ovens were once used to produce coke for smelting gold and silver ore during the late 1800's. The ovens are on private property, and are off limits to the public.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF250 riding down old mining road.

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

Scenic view of shallow stream going through colorful box canyon.

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

A scenic view of desert cliffs and canyons.

There are plenty of rugged cliffs and canyons in the area.

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Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF150R going through shallow stream in box canyon.

The box canyon is narrow with steep and rugged walls. The stream is seasonal but is usually pretty shallow.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Ford Bronco with metal crate on the roof crawling up rocky 4x4 trail.

The area is popular with all vehicle types, especially with 4x4s and ATVs.

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Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Man on Honda CRF250X dirt bike doing wheelie through shallow stream in box canyon.

This is probably one of the most unique places to ride in the United States. Where else can you pop a wheelie with this kind of scenery?

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Saguaro and cholla cactus with bridge in the background.

In some parts you can see an old train bridge that crosses the Gila River in the distance.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Rear view of Suzuki Samurai with sprare tire on the roof and cooler in the bed navigating rocky 4x4 trail.

These trails are actually old mining roads and are wide enough for trucks and side by sides.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenic view of Honda dirt bike riding through small runoff stream flowing through colorful box canyon.

The box canyon is about a mile long each way. The ride is so much fun you will want to go through it at least several times.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Concrete dam diverting the Gila River.

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-150 dirt bike going through a sandy wash.

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

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda CRF250 going over river rock in shallow stream.

Some sections of the stream can be a little deep but nothing too bad.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Young woman riding CRF-150R dirt bike on rocky 4x4 trail through the Sonoran Desert.

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

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Modified Suzuki Samurai with sprare tire on the roof crawling up rocky boulder.

Compact and modified trucks will have a blast here. This is the perfect place to test those rock crawling skills.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike going through small runoff stream.

Entering the box canyon. Creosote, mesquite and various cacti line the edges of the canyon.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike going down small rocky hill.

There are plenty of side roads to explore. Some are dead-ends but are still fun to check out.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Man riding CRF-250 dirt bike going down rocky ledge.

A rugged little section called the "Stair Steps". Careful wheel placement is required for those with four wheels, but dirt bikes will have an easier time (if choosing the right line).

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

A scenic panoramic view of rugged mountains and saguaro cacti.

The area is surrounded by rugged mountains.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike going through shallow stream with gravel and sand.

Riding through the stream and pea sized gravel was a lot of fun.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Dirt bike going through gravel stream wash.

One of the wider sections of the stream before it enters the box canyon.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike going through rocky section of shallow stream.

Some sections of the stream are a little chunky, but most rocks can be easily avoided on the dirt bike.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Flat parking area with cattle guard.

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

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Scenic view of desert mountains with saguaro and cholla cacti.

Like most of Arizona, the scenery is top notch. You have to really try to not get a good photo.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

View of seasonal pond surrounded by rugged terrain, saguaro, prickley pear and cholla cacti.

Another view of one of the seasonal ponds.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Man on Honda CRF-250 riding through gravel wash and shallow stream.

This was the perfect day to ride - mid 70's, not a cloud in the sky and beautiful scenery everywhere you looked.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

A scenic view of rugged canyons with desert vegetation.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Guided tour with four riders on ATVs with orange whip flags.

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

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike going through stream with gravel wash and flat river rocks.

Another view of riding through the box canyon.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike going up short rocky ledge.

A rugged little section called the "Stair Steps".

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

A close up photo of an abandoned mine.

One of the many abandoned mines. During the late 1800's and early 1900's, this area was known for its gold, silver and copper mines.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Man popping a wheelie off a small rock on a Honda dirt bike.

Several rocks like this can be found throughout the canyon, where you can get a little air or pop a wheelie.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Man on Honda dirt bike going up rocky ledge.

Picking the right line can make going up and down the stair steps much easier.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Gravel wash and shallow stream flowing surrounded by canyon walls, mesquite trees and creosote bushes.

Another example of where the stream becomes the trail.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Panoramic view of desert scenery with rugged mountains, saguaro and cholla cacti.

Fantastic views of the nearby mountains and desert flora are found at almost every turn.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Dirt bike riding through shallow runoff stream.

This small runoff stream is a lot of fun to ride through. Going through it once is not enough.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike riding though box canyon with shallow stream.

This is a one of a kind destination that offroad enthusiasts need to visit at least once. A good time is guaranteed.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Woman wearing Fox Racing motocross gear and CamelBak riding Honda CRF-150 alongside canal.

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

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Sandy wash with scattered creosote mesquite bushes.

Yep, there is sand here too.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Railroad tracks going through the Sonoran Desert.

If staging to the south off Price Station Road, you will have to cross the railroad tracks to reach the trails and box canyon.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Wide and smooth entrance road.

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

Flat parking area surrounded by saguaro and cholla cacti.

One of the staging areas (southern entrance) off Box Canyon Road. Trailers should have no problem parking here.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike on wide graveled dirt road.

Aproaching the box canyon from the south.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike going through rocky 4x4 trail.

One of the side routes to explore. The rugged scenery and terrain is amazing.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike going through shallow stream with gravel and small river rocks.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike navigating twisty section of box canyon.

Dirt bikes and smaller ATVs will have no problem navigating the canyon. Jeeps and trucks will have to be more careful about tire placement.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Shallow pond surrounded by saguaro and cholla cacti.

One of the seasonal ponds in the area. You can see one of the 4x4 trails in the back.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Small stream with gravel and loose chunk rock.

Following the stream will take you though some twisty sections of the canyon.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Shallow stream with gravel and large rocks.

Some sections of the box canyon have some cool rock obstacles to pass through.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

A close up photo of rocky 4x4 trail.

A good view of what most of the trails look like.

Florence Coke Ovens Trail Photo

Honda dirt bike going though shallow stream and loose chunk rock.

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