Explore the most popular off road driving trails in Tonto National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Lots of trails but please take out what you bring in and help protect this land.

off road driving
3 months ago

Took Bloody Basin Road from I-17 all the way to Sheep Bridge and back. 4wd is not necessary but be prepared for a long drive. Plenty of spots to stop and take pics, take a break for lunch or camping areas and the last 1/4 before Sheep Bridge gets kinda rocky/bumpy so your speed will slow down. Sheep bridge is a great place to wander and explore.

3 months ago

gets you from point A to point B. cool with regards to views of the lakes and the canyons, but the road is too narrow at many places for the amount of traffic there is.

off road driving
3 months ago

This was a perfect fit for a late morning start for a couple of us jeep gals. We didn't go to the cabin we choose to go towards the mine, testing our skills :) I have a stock LJ with 33's and her's is a JK with 33's also, but she has a 2-3" lift if I remember right. Both vehicles had no problems at all. Great scenery also. I would go back just to be able to go down and check out the cabin.

We just finished the trail any high clearance 4 x 4 vehicle could do it the creek was dry so it was easy to cross, doing monsoon season you might not be able to get through.
It’s pretty cool to look around at the old mine equipment that are left and there is an old Dodge truck still there.

off road driving
3 months ago

This trail is borderline difficult in places due to erosion and exposed bedrock which makes for very slow progress, but scenic views are awesome.

off road driving
3 months ago

It was fun and a bumpy ride, did a night run and we saw a sign that said you were required to have a permit to enter the area not sure it was for those that went for target practice or for everyone. Ran into some beautiful wild horses also!

off road driving
4 months ago

This was a fun shorter trail with two options. Staying left and going to the cabin was fairly easy. Going right to the mine is NO JOKE. If you're in a jeep it wouldn't be bad, but a longer vehicle is difficult to manage the tippy shelf corners that are washing out a bit. I would not try the mine trail in a stock SUV or road motorcycles (long story). Also, from waypoint 3 to 4 there are sections that you have to commit to and not much for turnarounds or two way traffic. Coming back was a bit harder than going from WP3 to WP4.

off road driving
6 months ago

Downloaded the GPX for this run. Seen it on a couple of other websites. The first 1/3 of the trail was packed with people staging their UTV's and dirt bikes along with scores more people who utilize the area for target shooting off the main trail. We made it to the river bed with some people camping and more UTV's. Stay to the right. Tons of off chute trails to go down. It offers tons of winding sandy road. There was only 1 uphill climb that was a little sketchy but with the proper line, not an issue. Overall, made it in and out within 1hr.

off road driving
7 months ago

Great trail, reasonable vehicle should have no problem. We tried a side trail and ran into a very difficult side-hill switchback. Would have given it a try if we weren’t solo. Had to back out 100 yards and do a difficult turn around. Note on map.

scenic driving
7 months ago

Used to take this road as an alternate route home a long time ago. It's definitely a scenic drive and worth doing. Haven't been for many years and it sounds like there have been many changes through the years. I'm sure the road itself is pretty much the same. The starting point on this review is kinda random. I would have thought Tortilla Flat would have been a more likely place to start or stop this. This is a desert drive, so there's not much in the way of shady spots. Great boating on all the lakes through here too.

scenic driving
8 months ago

took bloody basin from the 17 to Sheep bridge intersecting 7 springs. took 7 springs back into town. nice drive, 2wd friendly

scenic driving
8 months ago

Short cut from Apache junction to the dam. Great scenic drive. 4X4 not needed but it is a gravel road.

off road driving
8 months ago

nice leisure drive, only real concern are people towing boats trying to get to apache lake...they seem to like to fly around corners in the middle of the road.

great views, camping around apache lake

8 months ago

Easy trail does not require 4x4 vehicle during normal weather condition.

off road driving
9 months ago

Beautiful drive. Doesn't require 4x4, but some clearance. Toyota 4Runner TRD Offroad.

off road driving
9 months ago

Easy off-road drive, tons of scenery, lots of fun. Some bumps and washboarding, but nothing particularly precarious. Easy for trucks and bikes.

off road driving
10 months ago

Definitely a fun one. There were a few spots that I wouldn't have been able to do without my Jeep (with the Jeep, easy).

off road driving
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Couldn't find the trail at first. When we were leaving and loading up, we found a trail that happened to be this specific trail. Don't recommend doing this trail in the hotter months of the valley. There is not a lot of shade cover to get out of the sun. This is more of a winter, cooler months trail.

Monday, April 17, 2017

it's to bad 201A is so washed out, it can be done but is a little hairy

off road driving
Saturday, March 18, 2017

What fun! Beautiful wildflowers this time of year. Saw a cow, ground sqirrels, and a bright red cardinal. Not to mention the awesome jeepin with my honey.

off road driving
Monday, February 20, 2017

So much fun! It had just rained and the riverbeds were flowing. Slipped/slid big time into a creek and luckily crawled out at a 50 degree angle. Thought for sure we were gonna tip, but the tundra handled it like a dream. A few great trails up to an overlook and then a lot of mud/water/creeks down at the bottom. Not a ton, but a little bit of broken glass. C'mon peeps. Pick your stuff up - take care of this land!

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

love this trail, it's an easy ride (I can take my little Toyota 2wd on the main trail) I often pull over and hike the hills w my grand daughters

off road driving
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Moderate trail. 2 or 3 sharp turns which makes visibility difficult. Stock SUV is more than capable (take it easy of course). There are some trails that lead off the main trail (did not venture). There is enough open area at the end to make great camp site.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

Bad ass

off road driving
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It was a good scenic drive. The road was fairly smooth.

off road driving
Monday, June 27, 2016

I did this trail approx. 15 years ago and it was an actual off road trial. Now it has been groomed and graded and is nothing more than a dirt road. The scenery is nice but it is not as fun of a drive as it used to be

Saturday, April 30, 2016

great trail, very difficult. once post the mine and into the rocky wash be advised it is currently closed at the end due to what's looks like a rock slide. the last 20 yards to get back out of trail is close to impossible in a Jeep or other 4x4. you can get to that point and turn around but with take a few minutes to do so. other jeep clubs had posted signs telling of the blocked ending.. so beware of that blockage. other than that awesome views and great scenery

off road driving
Saturday, April 30, 2016

did this trail about 3 years ago and I agree the sharp turn switchbacks are no joke. you need to articulate well here. it's very narrow and dues get your adrenaline going for sure. over all great trail, seeing the old cabin remains at end is cool too.

off road driving
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

I had an epic adventure going from I-17 and Bloody Basin Rd., to Sheep Bridge for camping, Big Maggie May trail, seven springs, and eventually through Carefree.

Regarding the Maggie May trail, I followed the gps coordinates provided by "Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails"

Just before waypoint 4 there are two narrow, tippy ledges. Do not take my words lightly, this part was scary as shit in my Tundra. I mention this because maybe something with a smaller footprint would have a different view. You can't turn around at this point and when you get to WP4 you have to come back and cross them again!!!
Observe your obstacle and think a minute before you take them on!

Overall an easy/medium trail with a few rocky hills and the two ledges. If you do the same journey I mentioned in this review you will be amazed with the variety of scenic views and terrain.

Rock crawlers come for the scenery. It will not be a challenge, although you will get your chances to play!

Awesome experience!

-Stephen

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