Mingus Mountain

Cottonwood, Arizona

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After passing through an unimpressive lower section, the road climbs quickly up the side of scenic Mingus Mountain. Great views of Verde Valley and Sedona looking east. An enjoyable forest drive. ATVs are restricted to main Forest Service roads only. Most of the trail is easy except for a few rocky places. Narrow shelf road on east side of Mingus Mountain. Stay off this trail during rainy periods; the last part can get very muddy. Suitable for stock SUVs.
Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

After passing through an unimpressive lower section, the road climbs quickly up the side of scenic Mingus Mountain. Great views of Verde Valley and Sedona looking east. An enjoyable forest drive.

ATVs are restricted to main Forest Service roads only. Most of the trail is easy except for a few rocky places. Narrow shelf road on east side of Mingus Mountain. Stay off this trail during rainy periods; the last part can get very muddy. Suitable for stock SUVs.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Cottonwood
Distance: 19
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest
Local Maps: Arizona Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Prescott; Prescott National Forest map
Topo Map: Mingus Mountain Topographic Map
Guide Book: Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

11/15/2009

My wife and I went up Jerome on sat . we stayed at the ghost city inn.great bed n breakfast.I was told that i might want to start my trip farther down the trail,so I went back down to clarkdale and turned at the mavrick gas . that is mingus road . its a pretty easy drive to the trail, and the trail has a few rough spots .nothing to bad Im new to off roading but i think it moderate is a good way to rate it.good views we ended the trip in cherry .one of them blips on the map cool spot. little grave yard and fire hse

9/5/2007

i had no idea what to do when I got just past the ruins of the old mine. There is an area that goes up and and an area that goes down. Both were out of my skill range alone and without a winch. I would have liked to have continued but could not safely pass. For reference. I was driving a 4x titan 4dr and according to the map, it was just after the area where it specifies (low range will be necessary). I was able to get up in 2X, but beyond that it was over my head sadly. Although I did enjoy two other trails that day. Mingus is not suitable for stock trucks at the current state of the trail.

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