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Box Canyon OHV Trail is a 20.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Florence, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 20.4 miles Elevation Gain: 770 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

ohv / off road driving

views

rocky

no shade

Fun route accesses several difficult 4x4 trails This is a central-corridor route through a popular 4-wheel-drive area. Branching off of this route is Woodpecker/Ajax loop, Martinez Canyon and the Coke Ovens. (All available as eGuides from FunTreks on EveryTrail.) The main feature of this route is narrow Box Canyon at the southern end of what's described here. Although rare, this section is susceptible to dangerous flash floods. Stay out of the canyon if heavy rains are predicted or if you see dark clouds nearby. The walls are too steep to climb should you get caught in the canyon. This trail can also be driven in the opposite direction starting on Price Road just north of Florence. Open all year except a few weeks a year when military training exercises are in progress. Dates of closure are posted at the main entrance at Cottonwood Canyon Road and Mineral Mountain Road. The area is closed if red flags are flying. A State Trust Land permit is required to ride in this area. Call 602-364-2753 for details. It's tempting to rate this trail easy but there are several moderate-size rocks to get over. Stock 4x4 SUVs with good ground clearance should be okay. You may bottom out occasionally but damage is unlikely. A giant ledge must be negotiated if you take the lower road. SUVs with low ground clearance should take the high-road bypass. In the event Cottonwood Canyon Road is closed at the west junction of N Reymert Rd, you can use Mineral Mountain Road from US60.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
1 month ago

First time through the trail. Waterfall was favorite. Hardly anyone on trails.

recorded Box Canyon OHV Trail

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

ohv/off road driving
4 months ago

Had a hard time figuring out where to start, the trailhead shown is blocked by a locked gate. If you are new to this, take the high road at waypoint 1. The low road is great, but there is one very technical pass. We turned around and ended up just exploring the north end. Never made it to box canyon.

ohv/off road driving
5 months ago

Ajax Mine Rd. Cottonwood Canyon Rd bypass

ohv/off road driving
rocky
5 months ago

Scenery was great. Everything was pretty easy to moderate, went with a buddy who had a stock 4runner. I have a lifted Ranger. Recommend not going over waterfall section(stock for sure) we did it anyway but good thing for skid plates, they got a workout. Gorgeous views. Overall was a good run.

ohv/off road driving
off trail
5 months ago

ohv/off road driving
muddy
6 months ago

ohv/off road driving
rocky
7 months ago

We traveled from south to north thru the canyon. Most maps and mileage points seem to be off by a mile give or take based on road conditions changing over time. We went just after the rains over Thanksgiving so it was wet and muddy in many places but no issues with traction. Extremely busy on weekends. Plan on several hours for the entire trail. Trail is very rocky and requires smart tire placement. There were pickup trucks and Grand Cherokees with lifts as well as highly modified Wranglers. Fun for everyone. There is one more technical region in the canyon itself. The rest isn’t too bad. We took the bypass between way points 4 and 2. It was a very nice ride that direction. Good views. Narrow and steep in parts. Signs for the waterfall and 5 points guide the path well if going that route. Our GPS did not show the bypass route perfectly. Once north of the canyon and back to where trails merge, signs will take you to HWY 60 or there are plenty of side trails to explore.

ohv/off road driving
muddy
rocky
washed out
7 months ago

Sunday December 1st. We rode our quads through Box Canyon. It rained a couple days ago so there was a lot of mud around. Still a great day to go riding. Very little dust, lots of people going both ways We staged our bikes at Cottonwood Canyon Rd staging area by the flag road through Box Canyon and then went to the river bottom grill for lunch great day. 52 miles

ohv/off road driving
rocky
7 months ago

Awesome trail! Took a lot longer than expected and the trail does not start at the correct spot on the map. Took some asking around from other drivers to locate the real trailhead. Trail took about 3-4 hours to complete on a 2.5in lifted Land Cruiser

ohv/off road driving
7 months ago

Went in on cottonwood off 79 (don’t take Mineral as it is just a rough road) came out on Price near Florence. Lots of offshoots if you want to do difficult trails. The main trail is moderate accept for the waterfall section which wasn’t hard just needs ground clearance. The actual box canyon was amazing. We went the day after a big rain there were small waterfalls and a decent river towards the south end. Amazing views from Granny’s pass to the exit.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

Box canyon itself is great, and the area north of it has enough trails for multiple trips. I spent about 5 hours back there. Be warned there are some dicey trails in this area. I have a stock height Tacoma and was thankful for my skids, particularly past Reymert. The canyon itself is EZ enough but the ledge/waterfall is daunting and the road beyond the old Reymert mine to the new mine is both a dead-end and will test your height. If you have bad break over angles I could foresee a problem. I also scrapped front skids on some rocky parts. Overall a fun day and a nice place to test your skills/vehicle but a technical area in that requires more attention.

ohv/off road driving
no shade
9 months ago

This whole area is one of our favorites. Lots of options from easy to difficult, and signage every so often in case you start to get lost. If you're feeling up for it, don't miss the Waterfall! It's pretty technical, but we were able to do it in our '17 Rubicon with 35" tires and a 2.5" body lift. Only a little bit of scratching on our skid plates. Overall, an awesome place to spend a day and visit often!

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

Very fun trail multiple level from easy to hard 4wd is needed to see everything i suggest 4wd lifted i had to stop because my jeep wasn’t lifted high enough but still nice rocky trail

ohv/off road driving
rocky
9 months ago

This is an amazing mix of difficulty levels. From easy to moderate and a few spots that could cross over to the difficult. Take plenty of water and take your time. There are trails that wind and twist through these foothills and down through the canyon. Make sure to have at least one other with you since it would be very easy to make a wrong turn or break down and this is off the beaten path enough that you could be out there a while. Get ready to see some of the most beautiful desert foothill terrain you will ever see and enjoy the gorgeous views. Ps. Make sure to check and see if the national guard range is in use. Usually they will fly a red flag which means there is a good chance the trails will be closed. It’s more for your safety than anything.

ohv/off road driving
no shade
private property
rocky
Sun May 26 2019

Others have no respect for nature. They leave trash on the trail. Lots of side by side and razor riders. Exit to Hwy is gated and locked so ya have to turn around to leave. Beautiful scenery! Great way to spend the day!!

ohv/off road driving
rocky
Sun May 26 2019

ohv/off road driving
private property
Mon May 06 2019

Cottonwood Canyon Road is closed at the west junction of N Reymert Rd. Use Mineral Mountain Road from US60

ohv/off road driving
Sat Apr 27 2019

A few rocky areas where you gotta pick your line right, overall a great little drive through a narrow canyon. Took about 2 hours with a mellow pace

hiking
rocky
washed out
Sun Apr 07 2019

muddy
off trail
rocky
Mon Apr 01 2019

Love this! There is so much to look at and enjoy. You could spend the entire day just sight seeing. We will definitely be back.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
Wed Mar 27 2019

First time to this trail and had a great time. Was riding a Can Am X3. Started at Price road where shortly after turning onto it there is a staging area. Then there is a long 10ish mile ride down gravel road till you hit another staging area then then start into the creek wash that at this point is dry. It winds back and fourth into the canyon where the water starts to show up. The water is a trickle and gives you something to splash around in but is never an obstacle. The canyon was gorgeous and the ride was slow and had a few challenging spots but nothing impassible. After exiting the canyon the real fun began as a giant playground opened up. Winding trails, up large hills, down more creek beds, and random trails to follow a that go on for miles. You can easily spend a day here hitting all the side trails. Traffic can be an issue as it is one way in/out. I was there on a Wednesday and there was moderate traffic. I can only imagine what a weekend is like. I really enjoyed the trails and will be back.

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