Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails
by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)
© Charles A. Wells/FunTreks. All Rights Reserved.
This is a review for the Cottonwood Canyon Trail from hwy 79, south of hwy 60 east. It begins at Cottonwood Canyon and the parking lot at hwy 79 by the flagpole. It's by Mineral Mtn., so in the direction of the Ajax Mine, but not as far. This heads eastward towards the foothills, passing a cattle grate. Many people camp to the sides of Cottonwood Canyon Trail road BEFORE the cattle grate. The Mineral Mtn. Mine is 5.5 miles in on the right side, and not accessible to the public. You will pass this mine road if you stay to the far left and keep heading east. Next, you will come to a fork in the road with a sign that says Cottonwood Canyon and a directional arrow to the right. Turn right here, as the road straight ahead is Private Property and the road is closed. Please respect the landowner and don't drive on this road, it is not passable. The other road connects at the otherside and ends at the same place. After a right turn here, you will pass an old shooting area on the right, which is NOT allowed now, due to a cattle watering area of a nearby ranch. There is shooting only at a 1/4 mile or more from any cattle watering area, please respect the rancher and don't disturb the cattle. Continue on and you will see other trails start to intersect the road. Be sure and keep track of the other side of the road that leads back into the ranch area, because this is closed also and you will have to travel back out again to go around the mtn. and back to the trail you came in on. You don't want to be doing this when you're losing daylight. There is more private property signs on this end too, so you'll know. If you head higher up in the hills, you'll see some great views. Be careful during monsoon season, as there can be flash floods through this area. There are many challenging areas for 4x4s, but is most ideal for quads or side by sides. The roads are endless and you can spend an entire day out there, so be prepared with plenty of water and snacks. A GPS is a must.
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