Box Canyon - Florence, Arizona

Florence, Arizona (Pinal County)

Last Updated: 09/08/2019
4.2 /5 ( 5 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: 3-4
(MODERATE )
Length: 6.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 1700 feet
Duration: About 1 hour 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Florence
Nearest Town w/ Services: Florence
Official Road Name: Box Canyon - Florence
Management Agency: Arizona State Trust Department and Gila District Bureau of Land Management
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Highlights

Highlight: Box Canyon - Florence, Arizona

Box Canyon is the highlight of this trail providing southern access to the popular trail system just north of Box Canyon and Florence, Arizona commonly referred to as, "Florence Junction." Driving through Box Canyon is a wonderful scenic introduction to the area and is a very popular trail. Box Canyon can be traveled in either direction but continues on to the north connecting with many other nearby trails. These other trails can be combined for a full day of exploration. A favorite among many, you will often find other OHV enthusiasts sharing this trail.

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Route Information

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Recommended Vehicle:
Stock SUV with High Clearance and 4 Low
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Summary:
The Box Canyon trail has become easier over the years. However it is meant for lightly modified vehicles and skilled drivers. Many of the large boulders on the trail have become less obtrusive with heavy traffic and the effects of water running on the trail.

Technical Rating: 3-4
(MODERATE )

Typically, more rock or undulated road surface. Potential rocks and/or tree stumps less than 18" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 18" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 36" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep and off-camber.

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Description

Box Canyon offers access to the popular OHV and trail system north of Florence, Arizona. The trail is fun to drive and becomes progressively narrower offering views of the towering walls of rock above. The trail is rather tame initially from a graded dirt road, to a sandy wash, to mild rocky obstacles near the end of the trail. Box Canyon can be driven almost entirely in 2 wheel drive depending on trail conditions and driver experience. Drivers are encouraged to use their own discretion when it is appropriate to engage 4 wheel drive. The trail can often be very busy with traffic as it is a popular trail. Traveling through Box Canyon does require a Arizona State Trust Land permit. State Trust Land Permits can be found at the Arizona State Trust Land Department website (https://land.az.gov/applications-and-permits) under recreational permit forms, individual/family permit. The downloadable form is in a PDF format. Once completed, the form is to be returned to: Arizona State Land Department 1616 W. Adams St. Phoenix, Az 85007. https://land.az.gov/ The managing BLM office is the Gila District Tucson Field Office at 3201 East Universal Way, Tucsion, Az 85756.
Price Rd has been re-routed around the area used for Country Thunder. There are also some ranches there. At GPS 33.076032, -111.353657 turn right/south and follow until GPS 33.0807, -111.318944 and turn right/east again. This bypasses the ranches on Price Rd. This is a very popular trail and travelers will often encounter small off highway vehicles. In Box Canyon, space is tight in some places so passing can be difficult at times.

Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0.00 mi)

The trailhead begins at a large staging area located on Box Canyon Road to the right/east. This is a good place to air down tires.

2. Large Staging Area On Right (1.30 mi)

This one of a few large areas along the road that can be used for staging or camping. Please use pre-existing fire rings and take out what you brought.

3. Entering Box Canyon (2.40 mi)

This is the entrance to Box Canyon and becomes more progressively narrow. Please stay on the trail and be respectful of other users. There are limited areas that are wide enough along the trail for oncoming traffic.

4. Exiting Box Canyon Keep Straight (4.20 mi)

Box Canyon widens here and you exit the canyon portion of the trail. Box Canyon Road continues north however. Continue straight.

5. Veer Left onto Road (4.30 mi)

After crossing the cattle guard, veer left and down into the wash/road and continue north. At this point in the trail can be seen square metal signs with directions. Here you can see directions to [Sandman Rd](https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/2206-sandman-road) and [Mineral Mountain Rd](https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/2201-mineral-mountain-road).

6. Veer Left At Y (4.50 mi)

Veer left/north here at the Y. Turning right/east will lead to the [Martinez Cabin Trail](https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/57-martinez-cabin-trail-arizona).

7. Stage Coach Stop (5.70 mi)

This is a spot worth stopping for, please respect the location; this is an old stage coach stop. Although not much information can be found on this site it is exciting to imagine what travel must have been like back in the day.

8. End of Trail (6.30 mi)

This is the end of the trail. To the left/north is [Mineral Mountain Road](https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/2201-mineral-mountain-road-arizona), one of the main connecting roads in the area. The road to the right/east is listed as Box Canyon Rd is on the list to be further explored.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 33.105095, -111.223097
Access to the trailhead is approximately 22 miles south of Apache Junction, Arizona. The trailhead can be found by traveling east on US 60 to the intersection with Highway 79 (Florence Junction) and exit 212 Florence/Tucson headed south. Travel south 13.5 miles and turn left/east onto Price Road. From Florence, Arizona travel approximately 2 miles north on Highway 79 to the trailhead at Price Road, turn right/east. Travel 6.7 miles east on [Price Road](https://www.trailsoffroad.com/trails/61-price-road-arizona) to the Box Canyon trailhead. Price Rd has been re-routed around the area used for Country Thunder. There are also some ranches there. At GPS 33.076032, -111.353657 turn right/south and follow until GPS 33.0807, -111.318944 and turn right/east again. This bypasses the ranches on Price Rd.

Camping

Dispersed

Camping is available in several spots along the trail. If camping on Arizona State Trust Land you will be required to have the appropriate permit from here: https://land.az.gov/ Please make sure to only use existing fire rings and Tread Lightly.

Camping: Box Canyon - Florence, Arizona

Trail Reviews (13)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
There was a recent trail review posted that stated that there was a gate that was closed and blocking access to the trail; I found full access to the trail today. I believe the closed gate may have been located near the ranches located on Price Rd. Recently Price Rd was re-routed around the ranches located there and the area used for Country Thunder. A right/south turn is located at GPS coordinates: 33.076032, -111.353657 followed by a second right/east turn located at GPS coordinates: 33.0807, -111.318944. We had a great time on the trail today and stumbled across a Dodge Durango stuck on the trail. The recovery of the Durango required that I anchor my Jeep to a tree and perform a double line pull with a pulley block; he was really stuck. I am still surprised how much the floor of Box Canyon has filled in with sand over the years. Obstacles that were once in the floor of the canyon are now gone. Over the past 10 to 12 years the difficulty level of the trail has declined.

Author:
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
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I have done box canyon in the past and its a really cool trail. HOWEVER, this trip we drove out to the price road entrance and it was gated an locked. I'm not sure if this is temporary or permanent. Unwilling to give up we when to the northern entrance, but there were new signs saying no access to Box Canyon (gated). So its looking like this trail might not be available anymore. I would love to find out if this is just a temporary closure due to monsoon or something not sure.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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Awesome time as usual. If your rig is not capable enough, you may have a hard time at the waterfall. But, there is a bypass around it. Here is my video from the trip, it's beautiful out there.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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We had a small group that ran Mineral Mountain down through Box Canyon, making for a great day run when you add some stops along the way. it was National 4x4 day so there was quite a few people out there on a Thursday. There was actual water still flowing through most the canyon. Encouraging since the last rains were weeks ago. Please be cautious of oncoming traffic and please pick up any extra trash you can.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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This is just a quick review for those of you with large trucks that are worried about them fitting down this trail… I was also worried about it fitting down this trail since it is so big (12” lift with 42” tires), but we made it; though, if you have a large vehicle, you will most likely get scratches down both sides of your truck. The trail is pretty easy except for the one picture I’m in my give some stock vehicles trouble. My family was visiting AZ for the first time, so seven of us and my rottie went out to explore the desert. This was a beautiful trail. None of us had ever been in a canyon like this, especially in a vehicle. Thank you to everyone that put the time in to making this site. It is an awesome resource!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We finished our day on the trail today with Box Canyon with several stops along the way. Busy as always, there were plenty of other people who had the same idea today. The trail was great. No new changes to report.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I did a Night Run for Halloween, (AZFJ.org Halloween Night run. The box canyon seemed to be very nicely groomed compared to the last daytime run I was in there. The large rock at the beginning seemed different though. It may have been blasted off. I pulled my 2,200# offroad trailer up the waterfall at the end of the canyon, up out of the wash and over Granny's pass. That's where the problem happened. The road down (Mineral mountain?) from Granny's pass had a significant number of gnarly washouts on the shelf road. One of them caught my right tire of the trailer and flopped it over. We had to use some rotational physics to get it righted but we managed to get it back onto it's wheels. (The story is in the link above). A little worse for the wear, we made it down to the camp spot and successfully spent the night). The photo of fateman's white Jeep on the rock is from March '17 for comparison.

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Status: Open
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It was a good day out on the trail... We out with a meet up in Florence and then headed out to the Box Canyon trail head. This was my first time wheeling south of the Carefree Highway. We ran Box Canyon, climbed the waterfall and headed out to other connecting trails. Visited Granny's Pass which is where some memorials for off roader's that are no longer with us are located. Went through the Middle Gila Canyon Area and found an area to hike down and see some petroglyphs. I will revisit that at another time.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
We did a run through the canyon with AZFJ on Sunday. The boulders get higher out of the sand every time I do this run. Almost didn't make it up the waterfall (Our FJ40 friend had street tires and had to be strapped) but after repositioning, and better tire placement, my rig, (the yellow FJ) made it unaided. A 4x4 experience to be sure, but all in all still a wonderful, showpiece trail for Arizona. I expected to see some water in the bottom, but alas, dry as dehydrated food down there. This trip was combined with an outing to the Renaissance Festival, hence the dragon on the A-pillar. Note the poor cow with all her babies in the wash. The poor old girl put her head in some very prickly cholla.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
At the end of a wonderful Meetup group from Walnut Canyon to Florence our group exited through Box Canyon. We were eager to air up and head home but the sunset creeping into the canyon was beautiful. As usual, the trail was busy with local traffic. It was dry and dusty but there are no significant changes to the trail since my last report of the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
A great day with @fateman1220 and @todd running South to North from Price road, up to Cottonwood rd. (I split off from the group after Granny's pass and made for AZ79 via Cottonwood Rd bypass/Cottonwood rd.. IT would seem there are some rental companies in Florence renting out ATV's and Side by sides to the less-experienced and perhaps impolite. We ran into several lines of vehicles coming DOWN which is unusual until later in the day. The canyon was wet this day (snow melt?) and very green. The hills were loaded with wildflowers. No matter what happens with the traffic situation, it actually made things a little more interesting finding passing points and bunching things up so that both directions could pass each other. There are some spots in Box Canyon that are far too narrow for two vehicles to pass. But there are also a lot of places to make that happen as well. There is a memorial garden for wheelers, motorcyclists, and ATV'rs who have gone to the great trail in the sky, with some metal/granite monuments (Most dated from 2013 or newer) at Granny's pass, where we stopped for lunch. First three Photos Credit - @Fateman1220

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The Trailsoffroad.com Florence to Superior off road trip turned out to be a great time. Fourteen vehicles attended and all of them got tested at some point. Box Canyon was extra special this time because recent rains meant it was flowing in some sections. The desert really comes to life after big rains like this one. The trail and people who attended were great as always.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Six of us were out and about tackling some trails today, one of the members of our group working on a guide for Trails Offroad actually, and in true fashion for the area, decided to use the Box Canyon trail as a exit at the end of our day. It was a beautiful day to be out on the trails. Recent rains on December 24th and 25th made for wet tires and a wet trail but didn't dampen our spirits at all and made for a dust-less commute through the area. Being a very popular trail and in close proximity of Florence, Az it was no surprise to see other OHV enthusiasts out hitting the trails as well. There have been no major changes to the trail since this guide was written in July, 2016.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: How much of price rd is blm and privet lnd
–Tom (03/30/2017)
A: Hi Tom. If you were to look at the area between highway 79 and Box Canyon Road approx 1/3 of the distance is on private land near where Country Thunder is held where Price road travels in and out of private land and BLM. I encourage people to drive slowly and carefully through this area to keep the dust down and to avoid the irrigation ditch alongside Price Road. I am looking at the ASLD Parcel Viewer online (http://gis.azland.gov/webapps/parcel/?loc=-111.2184,33.1067,13&layers=3,1,0). The remaining, approx 1/3, near Box Canyon Road is what the Parcel Viewer calls, (other). A small portion of the road near highway 79 is BLM.
–Chad Chaney (03/31/2017)

Writer Information

Chad Chaney

Mapping Crew - Arizona

Hello, I'm Chad. I have spent most of my life in Arizona although I'm from Mountain Home, Idaho. I started off roading when I was 17 years old initially because I wanted to get to the camping spots most couldn't get to. These days I am an avid off roader who loves all aspects of offroading, the President of Copperstate 4 Wheelers, a Tread Lightly Trainer, and certified off road instructor with the International 4 Wheel Drive Trainers Association (I4WDTA). My favorite trail is The Rubicon Trail. The El Dorado National Forest is beautiful and so is The Rubicon Trail. In 2014, I was lucky enough to take my 7 year old son and my dad on the trail with me. I am very excited to be a part of this group and can't wait to get to work running some of the beautiful trails we have here in Arizona.
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