Box Canyon Road is a 15.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mecca, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for bird watching, road biking, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 15.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,761 feet Route Type: Point to Point

kid friendly

road biking

scenic driving

bird watching



no shade

no dogs

This is a scenic drive through Box Canyon Road. If you wanted to feel like you were back in the 1920s drive through Box Canyon Road. Because what you'll see there is exactly what people saw back in the 1920s. It's the same now and has not changed.

22 days ago

As Matthew already mentioned, the road has been repaired and is open again. Be careful on the shoulder though. It's freshly graded and looks nice and smooth, but it's also very soft in spots allowing tires to sink in.

23 days ago

Driving road open as of 5/10/2020. For any geology seekers, there is a great book by Arthur Sylvester called the “Roadside Geology of Southern California” that features a segment on box and painted canyons.

ohv/off road driving
washed out
1 month ago

I was going to drive this beautiful canyon on my way to the north end of Mecca Copia Trail from Mecca and found signs posted that Box Canyon Rd was closed. Today, 4/20/2020 I found a post from another website dated 3/2020 that the road was again washed out.

6 months ago

Just an update, from the previous review. The road has been repaved and is easy to drive . Not really a hiking trail , has some great rock formations but be careful with your drive through.

ohv/off road driving
Tue Nov 13 2018

Box Canyon Road is completely washed out. Road is literally in pieces. Asphalt and trees strewn all over the canyon. Severe flooding in October obliterated the road. Jeeps and high clearance vehicles can make the trip but beware of debris and drop offs.

road biking
Fri Feb 27 2015

This review is from a cyclist point of view. Box Canyon Road is a nearly continuous, gradual, 17-mile climb from the Salton Sea area (-28 ft) to the edge of Joshua Tree National Park (1836 ft). The road is paved with fairly rough granite-based asphalt, and it has extremely light traffic. At the boundary to Joshua Tree NP, the incline becomes much steeper. (It was too steep for me to continue on my fixed gear at 15x48.) The return is a breeze and a joy! You can pull off on one of the field accesses and park for several hours without much concern about theft or vandalism. The streets in this area east of Mecca are in a strict grid, so note the milages to crossing the irrigation canal.

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ohv/off road driving
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