Little Pan Mine Road

3.7/5 (4 reviews)
New River, Arizona (Maricopa County)
Last Updated: 01/07/2023

Trail Information


Little Pan Mine Road passes through the BLM's Table Mesa Recreation Area set in the beautiful cactus-studded Sonoran Desert. The Bradshaw Mountains dominate the skyline to the northwest, while the New River Mountains define the eastern horizon. The area is popular with outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy wheeling, rock crawling, OHVs, shooting, dirt biking, and hiking. The region has a rich history of mining and cattle ranching. Being close to Phoenix, the area can get crowded on weekends. Little Pan Mine Road offers great views, good campsites, a river crossing, and hills steep enough to make you pay attention to the off-camber shelf road. Shade trees abutting a high cliff face near the Agua Fria River make for an excellent picnic site. A wide variety of cacti native to the Sonoran Desert line the trail. Just north of the river crossing, a magnificent stand of Saguaro dominates a hillside. Whatever type of adventure you are seeking, Little Pan Mine Road can take you there.

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Trail Reviews

3.7/5 (4)
Rated 3/5
Visited: 12/13/2021

Trail was dry throughout but open. Never used 4wd until I got to river crossing and saw the hill after....probably didn't NEED 4wd but used it just to get through. UPDATE: ran this 02/05/22. Trail conditions were the same, a little water in the river bed but just a few inches. Did not engage 4WD at all on the trail. *Cell reception is spotty at points; if in a group, I'd suggest some other sort of communication device than phones. Unknowingly lost my second vehicle at wp7; they went straight, instead of turning right. Cells cutting in/out when trying to contact each other.
Official Crew
Rated 3/5
Visited: 02/25/2021

Little Pan Mine Road is a quick and fun little drive that can make a nice loop with parts of AZCO Mine Road. The water crossing is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are gonna get.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/23/2020

We took this one in reverse. The river crossing was our starting point and much deeper then anticipated. For my 01 forester it was lower door level and mid grille deep. Awesome trail with a fun hill climb
Official Crew
Visited: 03/04/2016

I took a quick half-day trip to the Table Mesa Recreation Area to check up on the trails, and ran into the Jeep Jamboree heading North to run Judgement Day. I followed them up Little Pan Mine Road to the intersection with 9999, then headed south again to meet some fellow Toyota off-road enthusiasts to take a short test drive along Pipeline Trail. One of the guys I was with, a former FJ Cruiser owner, had recently purchased an old heavily modified Toyota Pickup rock crawler and wanted to test it out.

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