Montana Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Montana Mountain Loop Trail is a 34.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gold Canyon, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

34.2 miles 4990 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving



wild flowers



Great high desert loop route for SUVs and ATVs, that climbs to over 5,000 feet with panoramic desert and mountain views. Crosses many hiking trails into the bordering Superstition Wilderness. Popular area for ATVs and dirt bikes. Stay on existing roads at all times. Located in Tonto National Forest. For current conditions call Mesa Ranger District (480) 610-3300 Easy until F.S. 650 where it becomes narrow, steep and rutted. Stock vehicles with high ground clearance and good articulation can make it, although some 4x4 driving skill is necessary. Slippery at the top when wet.

off road driving
6 hours ago

Great trail! Not too rocky or crazy, gets narrow in some places, and that's coming from a Honda Element driver haha.

off road driving
16 hours ago

It was a lot of fun. Went with some out of town friends and the hubby. We all had an amazing time. We drove an element and it got through everywhere pretty easily. Recommended for sure!

off road driving
1 month ago

Nice easy trail with great scenic views. I'll echo the other reviews and say no real need for 4wd, but it was an enjoyable trail for the whole family. There are some great areas to pull off and eat lunch while looking back towards the valley. If you don't want to do the whole loop I would recommend doing the first half. The second half is faster with more graded roads but less panoramic views.

off road driving
5 months ago

Very scenic easy trip in my teryx side by side. Took approx 4 hours for complete loop stopped couple times for few mins to enjoy the view. Highly recommend this trail for anyone looking for easy trail ride and many good views.

off road driving
10 months ago

Good trail. I went on a Tuesday and there was still a decent amount of traffic. When you first enter the trail you drive through several shooting ranges, so just keep that in mind. Most of the trail, if not all, can be done in 2wd if you have decent tires. I did it in a 2012 Nissan Frontier on 32" AT's and a 2.5" lift. Made it just fine. Had my mom with me so I definitely took the conservative lines. Trail gets a bit more interesting once you really start climbing. Definitely recommend this trail for jeeps and other off road oriented vehicles. Beautiful scenery as well.

off road driving
2 years ago

Def not a bad trail. I did not ever really need to put it in 4wd, went the wrong way a couple times, and saw a lot of cool stuff. It is a good trail, just nothing too challenging. I would go again, but I would prepare more. It took me 6 or so hours since I happened to wander off and take a couple wrong turns. MAKE sure you follow the Woodbury and Rogers trough sign at the beginning and don't go into the little town/ village.

3 years ago

This was a fun and challenging trip. The drive up on Montana Mountain was rutted, rocky, narrow in places, especially on the switchbacks. Easy at the beginning and end and moderate in the middle on the mountain. Highly recommended.

3 years ago

This was a great scenic day drive! We drove through high desert mountain landscapes and high mountain pines and washes filled with rain water. This road should only be driven with a 4x4, high-clearance vehicle! (We drove our Jeep Wrangler with no lift and did fine.) The last half of the trail (POIs 4-6) was moderate to difficult. This part of the trail had lots of switchbacks, large exposed rocks and part of the trail had been turned into a river wash from the rains the previous week. The guides POIs were extremely helpful! Without them we would have taken the wrong trail/road. I would definitely recommend this drive! We had a lot of fun! Plan on spending about 4 1/2 hours to drive the short 34 miles.

off road driving
4 years ago

This trail is strictly high clearance 4WD. It proceeds from the Hewitt Station mining area near Superior, Arizona, through some really exceptional canyons and stone monument features. Before climbing up to the trailheads for Woodbury and Roger's Trough, you will pass the Elephant Arch, Robles Butte and a host of other landmarks well-known to those who hike the area. The final gain in elevation occurs after the turnoff for Rogers Trough and soon you are looking down upon the magnificent peaks and valleys through which you have just driven. Crossing the ridge through the juniper forest provides views far to the north and south before descending a series of switchbacks to US 60. Along the way you can stop off at the old stone house which once served ranch hands. Careful on the descent, though, because recent wild fires have resulted in some road erosion. (Description is west to east)

4 years ago

Nice loop trail, best suited for ATVs and off road vehicles. Middle of trail (highest elevation) offers good south/east views and takes you into the pine trees. Use this trail (drive in) to access Rogers Trough and Woodbury trailhead for some cool higher elevation hikes.