Box Canyon Trail

Florence, Arizona

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Although this trail is rated very difficult, only 1.3 miles in the narrow section of Box Canyon merit this rating. The remainder of the trail is pretty easy. However, given that this section is in the middle of the trail and there is no alternate way around it, the trail has been rated very difficult. The trail leaves US 60 and enters a military firing range. A notice board at the junction gives dates of live firing practice. In addition, a red flag is flown from the flagpole at the start of the trail when live firing is in progress. Most of this trail is on state land, and a valid permit is required. Special Attractions: Wooden and adobe cabins at the Martinez Mine; Tight, red-walled Martinez Canyon; Wide-ranging desert views and prolific desert vegetation. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

Although this trail is rated very difficult, only 1.3 miles in the narrow section of Box Canyon merit this rating. The remainder of the trail is pretty easy. However, given that this section is in the middle of the trail and there is no alternate way around it, the trail has been rated very difficult. The trail leaves US 60 and enters a military firing range. A notice board at the junction gives dates of live firing practice. In addition, a red flag is flown from the flagpole at the start of the trail when live firing is in progress.

Most of this trail is on state land, and a valid permit is required. Special Attractions: Wooden and adobe cabins at the Martinez Mine; Tight, red-walled Martinez Canyon; Wide-ranging desert views and prolific desert vegetation. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Florence
Distance: 25.4
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best October to May
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 2,900 feet
Local Maps: USGS Florence Junction, Florence NE, Mineral Mt., North Butte, Florence SE, Florence, Mesa; BLM Mesa
Driving Directions: Directions to Box Canyon Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/18/2009
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This is a beautiful trail that runs through a canyon. I took my lifted 86 4Runner and my friend brought his stock Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. Neither vehicle had any problem completing the trail, but the Jeep did use it's skid plates in a couple locations. Great trail for any skill level. Tips: There is one difficult part of this trail: the waterfall. Going North-to-South I actually completed the trail in 2wd with a rear locker. Ground clearance may be an issue for some stock 4x4 vehicles, but most aggressive stock 4x4s should be ok (4Runner, Wrangler, Cherokee, Xterra, Tacoma, Land Rover, FJ, etc). As always, never travel any trail with only one vehicle.


2/9/2008
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A very scenic trail with high walls on both sides. Single track in many sections for some ATVs and most UTVs so go slow and be mindful of blind corners. A simply trail that families in a Rhinos would greatly enjoy. This trail branches into many great systems and we used it to get to Martinez cabin. Even though there were many people on the trails, it never feels crowded because the trail system is so extensive and diverse for easy to mid-level riding.



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