Sunflower Mine 4X4 Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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Sunflower Mine 4X4 Trail is a 28.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rio Verde, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

28.7 miles
5,928 feet

dog friendly



nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving



wild flowers


Fun, challenging trail to standing mill structure A real structure to see, not just a pile of mine tailings. The Sunflower Mine (a.k.a. National Mine) produced mercury. Inside the processing building which still stands, you'll find a large pipe used to tumble a reddish-brown ore called cinnabar. The fine particles were burned in vertical furnaces with coke to produce mercury gas. The gas liquefied after being cooled in U-shaped tubes. Located in Tonto National Forest. For current conditions call Mesa Ranger District (480) 610-3300. Rating: Difficult. Stock SUVs can reach Sunflower Mine. Difficult portion of the trail begins later. It becomes rocky and narrow with tight brush in places. One narrow shelf road with loose rock. Slippery when wet.

off road driving
11 months ago

Great trail! Did it with my friend, we both drive built 100 series land cruisers. Both of us used our rock slides twice. Come prepared and so long as an experienced driver drives all will be fine. Minimum of 2 vehicles and carry proper recovery gear!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Bridge is closed. Trail is supposed to be closed but someone opened the gate Trail is destroyed. All I can say is don’t do it !!!!!!!!
Don’t read old reviews the trail is not the same

off road driving
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Took the Jeep out, had a great time! Trail gets very narrow, don't expect to come out unscathed. Recommend having a good driver, dicey obstacles for about 5 miles of the loop- challenging!

off road driving
Monday, May 29, 2017

Really great trail! Beautiful views and interesting abandoned mines and equipment. The trail has gotten harder over the past few months though. It's still fairly easy to get to the main mine area, but to do the whole loop has gotten very difficult. I have a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with a 2.5" lift and 35" tires and It was harder than anything I would do again. I made it out with minimal damage, but it wasn't easy. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone that doesn't have a serious off-road vehicle.

off road driving
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Great trail! Fairly difficult in areas with beautiful views in between. The mine area is a great place to get out and have lunch. Trail took us about 6 hrs to complete with an hour of that being a lunch stop. The trail is narrow in many places that would make it difficult for a full size 4x4. All in all a great experience.

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