Cinder Hills Loop Trail

Winona, Arizona

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Cinder Hills OHV Area lies within the Coconino National Forest and is specifically managed for vehicle recreation. Thirteen thousand five hundred acres have been designated for use by dirt bikes, ATVs, and 4WD vehicles. The area has a dense network of designated routes as well as open areas of unrestricted use where there is little vegetation. Surrounding the main vehicleuse area is a larger resource area of 53,000 acres in which vehicle use is limited to a lesser number of designated routes. Special Attractions: Very unusual and spectacular black cinder hills; Popular ATV and dirt bike area; Excellent backcountry camping. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

Cinder Hills OHV Area lies within the Coconino National Forest and is specifically managed for vehicle recreation. Thirteen thousand five hundred acres have been designated for use by dirt bikes, ATVs, and 4WD vehicles. The area has a dense network of designated routes as well as open areas of unrestricted use where there is little vegetation.

Surrounding the main vehicleuse area is a larger resource area of 53,000 acres in which vehicle use is limited to a lesser number of designated routes. Special Attractions: Very unusual and spectacular black cinder hills; Popular ATV and dirt bike area; Excellent backcountry camping. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

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

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Winona
Distance: 18.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 6,500 feet
Top Elevation: 7,300 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest, Sunset Crater National Monument
Local Maps: USGS Sunset Crater West, Sunset Crater East, Winona, Flagstaff; BLM Flagstaff; USFS Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Cinder Hills Loop Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/17/2007
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Fun trail, but no real challenges. You will need an all wheel drive truck, with somewhat high clearance due to one spot that consists of 3 foot wide dips one after the other in the road. Also, do not attempt to go off the trail. The cinders are very deep and unless you have paddles for tires, you'll get stuck.



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May 2018