Cinder Hills Loop Trail

Winona, Arizona 86001

Cinder Hills Loop Trail

Cinder Hills Loop Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

Cinder Hills Loop Trail Trip Reports

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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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
2 hours
6,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,300 feet
Top Elevation
Coconino National Forest, Sunset Crater National Monument
Local Contacts
USGS Sunset Crater West, Sunset Crater East, Winona, Flagstaff; BLM Flagstaff; USFS Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District
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