Rogers Canyon Trail

HARD 26 reviews
#5 of 19 trails in

Rogers Canyon Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.0 miles
1102 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


over grown


1 month ago

Beautiful hike through the canyon to the ruins! Camped at Angel Basin, glad we carried enough water for two days since the creek is dry in late fall. Rogers canyon trail is slightly overgrown with manzanitas that we had to push through so wear long sleeves and pants. Definitely need a high clearance 4WD vehicle to get to the trailhead- it's a long rocky, steep, dirt road. Perfect one night backpacking trip since you descend the trail with a heavy pack the first day and have a lighter pack the next day climbing out of the canyon.

1 month ago

Enjoyable trail and the ruins are amazing. The road to the trailhead is definitely 4x4 only, no crossovers. Also wear pants since the trail is pretty overgrown and there are many prickly plants that will grab onto you and your clothing. I did see dogs on this trail, and I was thinking about bringing my own, but I'm glad I didn't since she would have been walking through the thorny plants the whole time. Also, the washes were dry when we went, so bring enough water!

2 months ago

7 months ago

8 months ago

long drive in, down first but the ruins are really special.

8 months ago

We did Rogers Canyon as a one-night backpacking trip 3/18-3/19 with our dog. Highlights included the many spring crossings and small waterfalls, exploring the ruins (seriously so cool) and camping in Angel Basin under a starry sky. A few notes:
1. As other reviews have stated, the road in is tough. We made it fine in the Forester (4WD)
2. Our dog loved the hike, including splashing through the stream. Use caution when bringing your dog to pack out their waste, beware of heat as the trail is steep and difficult on the way up. Make sure they are conditioned enough to handle such a hike, the water, etc.
3. There are several campsites if you want to turn this into an overnight backpack. The first is maybe a half-mile to a mile past the intersection of the Rogers Canyon Trail and the AZT (Reves ranch trail). The next is maybe a half-mile before the ruins (large site under a big tree, shaded). Then there are a few more past the ruins and two sites in Angel basin directly across from one another. We did not venture any further than that, so I am not sure about others beyond. We saw some wildlife in the meadow including a snake and something small and furry. Keep your food tied up.
4. There was LOTS of water flowing through the stream while we were there that was clear and easy to filter. We met a local hiker who has done the hike several times and told us it is not always like this (other reviews we read said it is bone dry in summer/fall). Probably best to plan for the worst and pack in enough water for the duration of your trip.

Overall, highly recommend this hike and it is very do-able as a backpacking trip. There is something very awe-inspiring about the canyon, the ruins, and the meadow at night. Enjoy!

9 months ago

10 months ago

Beautiful hike! The trail itself is fairly easy to follow with cairns placed in those not so sure areas to help keep you on track. You will be hiking along the creek and crossing it several times for a majority of the trail. I can't say I'd rate this as hard, I found it to be easy to moderate minus the last 1/4-1/2 mile coming back out (uphill out of a canyon). For the important part, getting to the trailhead. You will be off-roading on steep/uneven grades with loose gravel as well as crossing a few wash/creek areas. This road is no joke and should only be attempted with a high clearance/4x4 vehicle! Be prepared!

11 months ago

11 months ago

Loved the views and loved the ruins. I was disappointed in humanity and their graffiti on these wonderful 600 year old ruins.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Sunday, December 04, 2016

great hike, lots of shade trees, beautiful canyon. trail easy to follow but has overgrown branches.
great day hike but start early. almost 20 miles on dirt road to trail head (hour +)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cliff dwellings at the end of the trail were well worth the hike in. Be sure to go to the upper dwellings. Hike itself not difficult - a bit of climbing to get up to the higher dwellings.
The drive in definitely needs a 4 wheel drive high clearance vehicle. we were in a high clearance vehicle without 4 wheel drive and struggled to get up the hills. Twice the passengers had to get out and walk. one time we pushed the vehicle. on the way in the hills are long and very steep. no problem coming back out.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

Monday, September 21, 2015

Great hike. Nice and remote.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Monday, September 07, 2015

well we read the reviews and decided to do this trail today. Weather was supposed to be high of 94 today so figured we would be OK. wrong. couple of important things to note.
1.All the reviews detailing the hour long drive are spot on. .4x4 def helps!
2. bring lots of water! the creek was not flowing at all today. couple puddles left over from storms but thats it.
3. trail is quite over grown, especially from the turn off reavis ranch to rogers canyon. we made it 4 miles from the parking lot. before turning around. quite bummed i didnt get to see the ruins, but from my best guess reading the reviews, they are 4 miles from the turn off of reavis to rogers canyon. so that would be about six miles from the trailhead parking lot. pretty area, but def bring pants to deal woth over growth and be prepared for a good hike

Monday, February 09, 2015

Monday, May 26, 2014

Getting to the th takes about an hour in 4x4 conditions (I have a 2wd truck, but would have preferred a 4x). We took the Reavis Ranch trail to Rogers Canyon trail from the Rogers Trough th. 4 miles down (1100 feet) to the ruins, so bring LOTS of water! 2ls each is a minimum. The ruins are off to the right as you reach the 4 mile mark. There's a pretty distinct camp ground right off the trail. This trail is heavily cairned so it's easy to navigate.