Box Canyon

Florence, Arizona 85132

Box Canyon

Box Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"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 should be okay. You may bottom out occasionally but damage is unlikely.

The trail is a bit tougher driven uphill in the opposite direction. Stay off this trail if rain is expected. This canyon is extremely dangerous when flooded. The walls of the canyon are too steep to climb out. Route-finding is easy."

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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."

"Great fun through Box Canyon and over the bypass route, which follows a narrow, scenic high ridge. Stop and inspect an historic stage depot. The route described here bisects one of Arizona’s most popular 4-wheeling areas and connects to well-known trails like Woodpecker Mine, Coke Ovens and Martinez Canyon.

The best part of this ride is the 7-mile stretch through Box Canyon and over the bypass. The balance of trip is intended primarily to describe how to enter the area from the north. Jeepers love the regular route between Waypoints 04 and 05 because of the giant ledge. ATVs can do it, but it’s tough."

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10/18/2009
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.
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3/5/2008
This trail is one I've enjoyed several times (about 5x this year) all around fun and mostly easy with a great view inside Box-Canyon. You'll see a few people on this trail mostly Jeeps. Bring a camera for some great pictures.
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3/1/2008
I finally ran this trail after wanting to do so for quite a while. Scenery was great, but be prepared for a lot oftraffic if you go on hte weekend. Two sections are challengin. Th e first is the falls, just before you actually get in box canyon. You should be fine with a stock 4x4, but long wheel bases will have issues. In the canyon itself there is a large boulder that you have no choice but to go over. I dargged my skid plated heavily on a '08 Jeep Wrangler with a 2.5" lift and if the boulder was about 1-2" higher, I would have high centered on it. Stock 4x4's will probably not get over this without stacking rocks first to create a ramp on both sides. The other thing is getting around there. There are dozens of trails that spur off the main trail and it's difficult to follow as it's not marked very well, so be prepared to back track some if you think you went the wrong way. Overall, it was a great day out on the trails and will probably run it again, but during the week to minimize traffic.
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2/9/2008
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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10/21/2007
This trail was easy, and a nice drive, but if you go on the weekend there are four wheelers everywhere and some of them can be pretty rude hauling past you without waiting for you to pull over for them, at one point we almost obliterated a couple going way to fast in the canyon on a blind turn while we were climbing over a boulder. Minus people with no trail curtosy this is a very scenic trip, a stock vehicle with careful tire placement would be ok, we joked about coming back in our nissan frontier 2wd instead of our jeep. We didnt run 4wd a single time for this leg of the trip, box canyon was a different story but almost no one was back there so it was pleasant.
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6/3/2006
Ran this trail backwards (uphill), at night, coming from the Coke Ovens. This trail has several spots that would challenge stock vehicles, though, with armor and high-ground clearance, and good tough tires, a stock vehicle shouldn't have many problems. There are many large boulders to cross, which can (and did) hang up lower clearance vehicles. Go with a buddy (or ten) and bring some tow-straps.
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Trail Information

Florence
Nearby City
13.3
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Difficulty
1 to 1.5 hours or more
Duration
Bureau of Land Management
Local Contacts
USGS Mineral Mountain
Local Maps