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Thursday, June 8, 2023
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 Status||Open|
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.
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.
|Permit Required||Yes||AZGFD sticker required|
AZ State Trust Land Recreation Permit
|Spark Arrestor||Yes||A spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.|
|Noise Limit||Yes (96 dB)|
|Whip Flags||Not Required|
|Maximum Vehicle Width||No Restriction|
|Motorcycles & Dirt Bikes||Permitted|
|UTV & SXS||Permitted|
|SUVs & Jeeps (registered)||Permitted|
|Dune Buggy & Sand Rail|
|2 Stroke Engines||No Restriction|
|MX Helmet Required||Youth Only||required for persons under 18 by state law|
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
|Camping||No Restriction||(camp anywhere)|
|Night Riding||Yes||Not Recommended|
|Trail Blazing||Prohibited||vehicles must stay on trail|
|Approx Size||32,000 acres (50 sq mi)|
|Miles Of Trail||50|
|Elevation||1500 to 2500 ft.|
|Trail Maintenance||Not Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained|
|Steep Hills||Some||side trails|
|Sand/Gravel Pits||Few||not legal|
|Hazards||Few||(hazards not marked)|
Beware of open mine shafts.
rider traffic in canyon, flash floods
|Land||State Trust Land|
|Gasoline||5-20 Miles (S)||Chevron/Florence|
|Diesel||5-20 Miles (NW)||Shell/Gold Canyon (480) 671-7182|
|Water||5-20 Miles (S)||Chevron/Florence|
|RV Hookup||5-20 Miles (NW)||KOA/Apache Junction (480) 982-4015|
|RV Disposal||5-20 Miles (NW)||KOA/Apache Junction (480) 982-4015|
|Campground||5-20 Miles (NW)||KOA/Apache Junction (480) 982-4015|
|Conv Store||5-20 Miles (S)||Florence|
|Pros||top notch scenery, very fun narrow and tall canyon with many shallow water crossings|
|Cons||trails are not marked, busy, unclear about legal and illegal boundaries, no clear staging area, super long access road|
|Recommended Stay||1-2 Days|
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|Nearest City||Florence, AZ|
|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.
|Contact Info||Arizona State Land Department|
1616 W. Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
|Contact Info||BLM - Arizona State Office|
One North Central Ave. Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-4427
|Contact Info||Arizona ATV Adventure Tours|
3301 North State Rte 79
Florence, AZ 85232