Best Off-Highway Drives in Arizona

This list represents the most popular off-highway drives in Arizona. Use this list to plan your next Arizona off-highway drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Verde Hot Spring

    6 Reviews

    Strawberry, AZ

    The remains of an extensive hot-spring resort, with several pools still available for bathing. Verde Hot Spring was at one time a thriving resort complete with hotel and several baths. Today, ...
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    The remains of an extensive hot-spring resort, with several pools still available for bathing. Verde Hot Spring was at one ...

  • #2 Four Peaks Mine

    8 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    Very popular mountain drive with several great hiking trails. Dispersed camping allowed. Make sure to pack out all trash. Heavily used ATV and dirt bike area. Stay on roads and trails at all ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  28 miles
    •  Guide

    Very popular mountain drive with several great hiking trails. Dispersed camping allowed. Make sure to pack out all trash. ...

  • #3 Broken Arrow

    10 Reviews

    Sedona, AZ

    Although fairly short, this trail has to be considered one of the best in Arizona. It is extremely fun to drive and the red rock scenery is knock-out beautiful. This is an extremely popular route ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1.5 to 2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Although fairly short, this trail has to be considered one of the best in Arizona. It is extremely fun to drive and the red ...

  • #4 Gunsight Pass

    9 Reviews

    Green Valley, AZ

    Old mining road with beautiful views from Gunsight Pass and Lopez Pass at the top of the Santa Rita Mountains. This is a popular ATV area. Make sure you stay on numbered routes only and follow ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  23 miles
    •  Guide

    Old mining road with beautiful views from Gunsight Pass and Lopez Pass at the top of the Santa Rita Mountains. This is a ...

  • #5 Bulldog Canyon

    7 Reviews

    Apache Junction, AZ

    A permit is required for this trail. It’s easy to obtain and free. Carry it with you at all times. This is a highly sensitive area and subject to closure. The trail passes through scenic Sonoran ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    A permit is required for this trail. It’s easy to obtain and free. Carry it with you at all times. This is a highly sensitive ...

  • #6 Backway to Crown King

    5 Reviews

    Phoenix, AZ

    This is a challenging four-wheel-drive route but is also a great historical tour. Your trip will be greatly enhanced if you learn a little about the area before you go. Most of this route is ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  4 to 5 hours or more
    •  34.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a challenging four-wheel-drive route but is also a great historical tour. Your trip will be greatly enhanced if you ...

  • #7 Backway to Mount Lemmon

    9 Reviews

    Oracle, AZ

    A fun, lightly-used backcountry road to popular Mt. Lemmon. Usually driven from south side on busy Catalina Highway. Camp in Coronado National Forest’s Peppersauce Campground. Well-maintained ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  25 miles
    •  Guide

    A fun, lightly-used backcountry road to popular Mt. Lemmon. Usually driven from south side on busy Catalina Highway. Camp ...

  • #8 Schnebly Hill Road

    8 Reviews

    Sedona, AZ

    Towering red rock buttes set against a backdrop of deep-green forest and clear blue sky make this road one of Arizona’s most photogenic. The road climbs over 2,200 feet from Sedona to the top ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1 hour or more
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    Towering red rock buttes set against a backdrop of deep-green forest and clear blue sky make this road one of Arizona’s most ...

  • #9 Box Canyon

    4 Reviews

    Florence, AZ

    A unique and scenic drive through a narrow, steep-walled canyon. It’s tempting to rate this trail easy but there are several moderate-size rocks to get over. Stock SUVs with good ground clearance ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1 to 1.5 hours or more
    •  13.3 miles
    •  Guide

    A unique and scenic drive through a narrow, steep-walled canyon. It’s tempting to rate this trail easy but there are several ...

  • #10 Apache Trail

    8 Reviews

    Apache Junction, AZ

    The road weaves along mountainsides above the Salt River Valley then drops precipitously into the valley at Fish Creek Hill. Along the way you’re treated to gorgeous views of Canyon Lake and ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  3 hours to a full day
    •  39 miles
    •  Guide

    The road weaves along mountainsides above the Salt River Valley then drops precipitously into the valley at Fish Creek Hill. ...

  • #11 Chivo Falls

    6 Reviews

    Tucson, AZ

    This great hard-core trail features Chivo Falls. During wet periods, water flows over a high rock ledge and drops dramatically to a pool below. This cool, shaded halfway point on the route is ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  4 to 5 hours
    •  10 miles
    •  Guide

    This great hard-core trail features Chivo Falls. During wet periods, water flows over a high rock ledge and drops dramatically ...

  • #12 Bull Springs Road

    6 Reviews

    Arivaca, AZ

    Little-used mining road crosses Santa Rita Mountains from Interstate 19 to Hwy. 82 south of Patagonia. See mines along the route and adobe ruins at Alto Camp, once a community of several hundred ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  3 to 4 hours or more
    •  24 miles
    •  Guide

    Little-used mining road crosses Santa Rita Mountains from Interstate 19 to Hwy. 82 south of Patagonia. See mines along the ...

  • #13 Rice Peak

    5 Reviews

    Oracle, AZ

    A challenging run with broad views from the 7,577-ft. summit. Camp at the Forest Service Peppersauce Campground. Suitable for aggressive stock vehicles with good articulation, skid plates and ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  4 hours or more
    •  11.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A challenging run with broad views from the 7,577-ft. summit. Camp at the Forest Service Peppersauce Campground. Suitable ...

  • #14 Butterfield Stage Route

    5 Reviews

    Maricopa, AZ

    This section of the Butterfield Stage Route is inside the Sonoran Desert National Monument and is directly adjacent to a wilderness area. Two-wheel drive adequate most of the way when dry. A ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  1 to 2 hours or more
    •  12 miles
    •  Guide

    This section of the Butterfield Stage Route is inside the Sonoran Desert National Monument and is directly adjacent to a ...

  • #15 Coke Ovens

    5 Reviews

    Florence, AZ

    See unique, beehive-shaped ovens near the Cochran Townsite. Steep climbs, tippy shelf roads and challenging rock obstacles. Stock vehicles should have high ground clearance and good articulation. ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  6 to 7 hours
    •  42 miles
    •  Guide

    See unique, beehive-shaped ovens near the Cochran Townsite. Steep climbs, tippy shelf roads and challenging rock obstacles. ...

  • #16 Gardner Canyon

    5 Reviews

    Tucson, AZ

    Many side roads in the area to explore—some are difficult. Visit historic Kentucky Camp. Popular ATV area. Stay on marked roads. Mostly easy except for one rocky hill. Suitable for high clearance ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  18.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Many side roads in the area to explore—some are difficult. Visit historic Kentucky Camp. Popular ATV area. Stay on marked ...

  • #17 Chimney Rock

    5 Reviews

    Tucson, AZ

    Chimney Rock is a popular ATV and camping area. Most people enter from the easier south side. The trail described here comes in the lesser-used back way. Leave gates as you find them. The corridor ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  3 to 4 hours
    •  8.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Chimney Rock is a popular ATV and camping area. Most people enter from the easier south side. The trail described here comes ...

  • #18 Bradshaw Mountains

    3 Reviews

    Prescott, AZ

    This drive passes through historic mining country dating back over 140 years. Drivers enjoy a beautiful mountain drive and many important obvious historic stops along the way, including Bumble ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  A full day
    •  70 miles
    •  Guide

    This drive passes through historic mining country dating back over 140 years. Drivers enjoy a beautiful mountain drive and ...

  • #19 Smiley Rock

    4 Reviews

    Jerome, AZ

    Features: Allow plenty of time to see historic Jerome. The town is a major tourist attraction offering an array of quaint gift shops, art galleries, museums and restaurants. If you’re into mining ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  4 hours or more
    •  23 miles
    •  Guide

    Features: Allow plenty of time to see historic Jerome. The town is a major tourist attraction offering an array of quaint ...

  • #20 Bloody Basin Road

    2 Reviews

    New River, AZ

    This easygoing trail passes through some spectacular, remote scenery east of the Agua Fria River as well as in the Agua Fria National Monument. In dry weather it is suitable for highclearance ...
    •  Difficulty
    •  2 hours
    •  24.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This easygoing trail passes through some spectacular, remote scenery east of the Agua Fria River as well as in the Agua Fria ...