Elvis Trail

Florence, Arizona (Pinal County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4.8 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Difficulty: 6-8
( DIFFICULT - SEVERE )
Length: 5.1 miles
Highest Elevation: 2250 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Florence
Nearest Town w/ Services: Florence
Official Road Name: Elvis
Management Agency: AZ Bureau of Land Management
District: Tucson District

Highlights

Highlight: Elvis Trail
The ohv region near Florence Arizona is loaded with incredible off-road trails for all types of vehicles. One particular trail, Elvis, is becoming widely known for its numerous rock waterfalls that will challenge even well built rigs. Legion has it the trails name comes from a local miner’s dog that traveled along the route with him many years ago. The terrain along this route is harsh, the rocks are sharp and everything out there wants to poke or sting you. The trail begins as a simple sand and rocky wash before depositing you in front of the first waterfall. This is where most the carnage seems to happen, there are numerous optional lines over the large boulders and there’s quite a few large boulders to contend with. A spotter will help, your vehicle should have skid protection and a locker is recommended. There are numerous large boulders along the route that will require an experienced driver with a reliable vehicle to successfully navigate the entire trail.

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Route Information

Advanced Rating System

Recommended Vehicle:
Lightly Modified 4X4 (Small Lift and Larger Tires)
Concerns:
Summary:
This is a rock crawling trail that can cause body damage or drive-train breakage. A good spotter is recommended with an experienced driver. The trail does not have by-passes and please remove any rock stacks from all obstacles.

Technical Rating

MANDATORY
6
DIFFICULT
OPTIONAL
8
SEVERE
Rocky or undulated road surface. Potential rocks less than 36" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 36" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 84" inches. Tire placement becomes more difficult. Can be steep and off-camber.
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Description

Elvis can be a challenging trail for even modified vehicles. But with an experienced driver, the trail can be completed by slightly modified and even some stock vehicles. The trail was not meant to have by-passes for any of the waterfall obstacles, please consider this when you attempt this trail. Sandman Road parallels the entire route and is a viable alternative to this "rock crawling" trail. The beginning of Elvis is an easy sand and rocky wash but nothing difficult for quite a while. The first waterfall is the most difficult along the route. It has numerous large rock obstacles and 2'-3' vertical ledges to contend with. A spotter is highly recommended for all the rock sections from this point forward. Each section of waterfalls has a different line to travel, each with its own challenges. Waterfall 4 has an optional up and over type climb that is the trails stand out obstacle. Not all the obstacles have been noted on this write-up, there are a couple very difficult ones that will be obvious to the drivers and vehicles capable of them.
Rock crawling trail for experienced drivers. No by-passes should be used and please do not rock stack the obstacles. The by-pass is Sandman Road.

Waypoints

1. Trailhead / Corral (0 mi)
Once you enter the sandy wash next to the cattle corral, way-point 11 of Sandman Road, turn left, traveling north in the wash, keeping the corral on your left.
2. Waterfall 1 (2.98 mi)
After quite a long distance in the sandy and bumpy wash, you encounter the first waterfall and the one that causes the most carnage. There are numerous ways through this section but starting on the right over the ledges and zigzagging up is the easiest way through. there are several optional difficult obstacles here, many challenges to choose from but please respect the delicate desert vegetation. A spotter is recommended and there is no recommended bypasses from here forward.
3. Waterfall 2 (3.05 mi)
The second rock section has three or more ways through. The left against the large rock is the least difficult.
4. Waterfall 3 (3.29 mi)
The 3rd waterfall section also has numerous ways through. Each of this is very different for each vehicle type. All the way to the right can often be the easiest way through. Please keep in mind, the by-passes and not considered part of the trail.
5. Boulders (3.71 mi)
The boulders can be a tough section for long low vehicles. The loose sand and large solid boulders cause many hang-ups. On the right side at the turn there is an optional rock obstacle for modified vehicles.
6. Squeeze / Waterfall 4 (3.85 mi)
The squeeze and 4th waterfall are by far the most popular along the trail. Most everyone has too go through the squeeze on the left while modified vehicles can attempt the up and over climb on the right. The backside of the climb should be looked at before attempting. Once you traverse one of those two, you then have to either climb the waterfall on the left or the easier rock section on the right. Once through this section, continue in the wash.
7. Waterfall 5 (4.11 mi)
The last waterfall is the smallest of them but it can change with the next storm. Through the middle is the easiest while to the far right there is a more difficult climb.
8. Cattle Gate / Trail End / Sandman (5.08 mi)
The trail ends once you pass through the cattle gate, please always keep it closed. You encounter Sandman Road where you can go left back to the beginning or to the right will lead you to the beautiful Box Canyon.

Directions to Trailhead

From Highway 79 near Florence - take Price Road East into the desert to Sandman Road. It's about 7.5 miles from Highway 79. Turn left onto Sandman Road, and enter Elvis at the cattle corral, way-point 2 on Sandman. The trail runs parallel to Sandman Road - in the wash, just east of Sandman Road.

Camping

Dispersed
The area has numerous primitive campsites and staging areas but nothing along Elvis. They can be found along Price Road on the way to the trailhead. There are no services or facilities in the area for campers. There is no running water in the area for campers. Please be aware of no burn periods throughout the year and always remember to completely extinguish your fire when leaving. Please note that a permit is often required in this area (when on State Trust Land). It is highly recommended to purchase a permit to ensure there is no confusion if a ranger stops by camp. Dispersed camping is allowed on Public Lands in Arizona for no more than a period of 14 days within any period of 28 consecutive days. The small town of Florence Arizona, offers a couple independent motels as well as having a Holiday Inn Express. Apache Junction and Mesa, AZ are roughly 40 miles away and offer all the amenities needed.

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Writer Information

Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website https://www.xploremor.net to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqvpVThlbR-IwMLX4tlRRcg
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