Little Pan Mine Road

New River, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 06/23/2021
3.7 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Highlight: Little Pan Mine Road
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, some 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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1. AZCO Mine Road - Trailhead (0 mi)
Little Pan Mine Road begins at Waypoint 3 of AZCO Mine Road. Turn left at the Y intersection. Little Pan Mine Road is signed as 9998. There is an often-used shooting area just to the left after the trailhead.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Phoenix

From Phoenix proceed north on I-17 to Exit 236. On the west side of the exit proceed north 1.7 miles on Table Mesa Road West to Table Mesa Road West Waypoint 3, a Y intersection. Take the right fork at the intersection, which is AZCO Mine Road and proceed north .6 miles to AZCO Mine Road Waypoint 3 and the trailhead.



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Wade May

Hi! I'm Wade. After 43 years as a pilot, split evenly between flying fighters for the Air Force and Boeing 737s for the airlines, my feet are firmly planted on the ground. Seems I spent a lot of my flying time looking out the cockpit window thinking, "Yep, I could drive that trail." My trips range from a few days to a month. Most are solo in my silver 4Runner named Bullit. We range over all the southwest exploring remote places and trying to get as much dirt under the wheels as possible. Occasionally I get in some hiking, backpacking, and bushcraft as well. My most ambitious Overlanding plans include a trip to Tuktoyaktuk and Dead Horse when travel restrictions permit. Sharing my experiences as a member of the Trails Offroad crew, instructing at Overland Expo, and hosting the Gaia GPS Offroad podcast are true pleasures. Hope to see you on the trail soon.
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