Box Canyon Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Box Canyon Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Payson, AZ that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from April until November.

0.7 miles Out & Back






This is a moderately difficult short trail with amazing views on your way to a great swimming hole in box canyon. Once you find the trail head within the forest along the deer fence, the first part of the trail starts going into the forest which then takes you to the rocky ledge of the canyon where you must hike/climb down. The views are spectacular and the destination is even nicer. The trail can continue from the swimming hole to the private BSA camp 'R-C'.

9 days ago

Beautiful quick hike down to a quiet paradise. I had the place all to myself and took a quick swim in the freezing water! Lots of great rocks to climb. And a few small waterfalls.
The trailhead was not very clear but if you park just before the guardrail, get out of your car and climb up the embankment right there, it's a quick scramble up. Then follow the path to the deer fence and crawl under.

19 days ago

The destination is lovely! The parking/trail leaves much to be desired. Access to the "trail head" is on a large highway shoulder. That is, there is no official parking lot- you're merely pulled off to the side of the highway. Steep incline scramble off the shoulder to a rough trailhead. After a brief walk there's a clearing and you'll need to find a small rock-lined path that will take you to a footpath. Short but rocky decline to the creek. Final destination is very pretty! Summertime swimming-hole for sure. This time of year it was temperate and peaceful. Luckily I hiked with someone who had been there a few times before; I'm not confident I'd know the path in/out otherwise.

1 month ago

Hard to find the trailhead, You can park on 260 just north of where the guard rail ends. Scramble up the embankment and follow the trail to the left. Crawl under the deer fence and follow the trail down to the water.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Park after M M 271 (east bound ) on side of 260 climb up side of embankment at big dead (broken in half ) Tree Follow trail south under fence approx. 1/4 mile to canyon edge ! Proceed with caution !!! Jesus loves you !!

4 months ago

Getting a 0 for parking being on a freeway.

4 months ago

Great little escape.

4 months ago

Great hike, cool swim. Trail head was a bit hard to find. Park on side of road by red hillside (if you get to scout camp, you passed it). Walk up either side of hill and toward deer fencing. Cross over/under fence where possible (easy spot at top of hill). Hike straight out until you get to trail. Go left and at the Y go to the right side. There is a small but visible trail down to the water. Wear sturdy shoes and bring extra clothes or something to swim in.

8 months ago

Know where you are going and where to jump. Favorite place in Arizona.

1 year ago

awesome!!! took the family and had a picnic...a little challenging but not too bad, my 4 year old did it!!!

1 year ago

2 years ago

Finding the trailhead was challenging, follow the deer fence until you come to an area you can go underneath. When in the forest, make sure you go right at the clearing/fork to get to the box canyon ledge where the hike is across rock descending quite steeply. The views are amazing, and there is a great waterfall and swimming hole at box canyon. The trail can continue to the Boy Scout camp which is private property.