Sunflower Mine Loop

4.9/5 (12 reviews)
Fountain Hills, Arizona (Maricopa County)
Last Updated: 07/07/2021
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Sunflower Mine Trail is a combination of a couple trails that make for a great day in the Arizona desert. The trail works its way through a lush and rocky canyon leading to Sunflower Mine also known as the National Mine. It operated from 1913-1965 mainly producing Cinnabar which is used in the production of mercury and the extraction of gold. The mine also produced smaller amounts of gold and silver before finally closing for good in 1985. The ruins at the mine used to be much larger then they are now. In 2014 most of the structures were removed leaving only a small portion of the original operation. In my opinion the real draw is the trail itself. It offers welcome shade while you're mildly rock crawling your way through Sycamore Wash. You get to push yourself and your vehicle with numerous optional obstacles along the way. The shelf roads may be narrow but they offer incredible views of the surrounding canyons. Be sure to pack for an all day trip because this trail just might surprise you! ATTENTION: THE BRIDGE IS CURRENTLY FLAGGED FOR CLOSURE FOR REPAIRS AT Waypoint 6. The bridge can be used but travel at your own risk!

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Trail Reviews

4.9/5 (12 reviews)
Status: Open
Visited: 03/27/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

4 TJ's, one JK, and one Taco tackled this trail again with zero issues. Still one of our favorite trails! Very nice in the shade on a surprise 90+ degree day in March with cold water running in the creek.
Trail Review: Sunflower Mine Loop - Robert Johnston
Trail Review: Sunflower Mine Loop - Robert Johnston
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/17/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

5 Jeeps did this trail Sunday, 10/17. Trail is open but more challenging in the creek sections due to several downed trees blocking the optimal line and many boulders have moved. Just the right amount of water in the creek and many large clear pools to stop and enjoy. With an 830 start on the trail we were done at 3 with two long recoveries and a long lunch at the ice cream truck.
Status: Open
Visited: 07/24/2021

If the creek is running its more like an 8 rating. We were in a group of 11, we had the smallest tires (35) and got hung up many times as did many others. When it’s wet it’s a lot of fun.
Bobby Nelson
Official Crew
60300
Status: Open
Visited: 07/07/2021

Arizona National Forests and State Lands are back open for travel. There are still some very important fire restrictions in place. These restrictions can often change by specific areas.
Bobby Nelson
Official Crew
60300
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 06/25/2021

Tonto National Forest officials will close the state’s largest national forest due to ongoing extreme fire danger beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 25. The forest is implementing this forest closure as a precaution to protect the health and safety of the public, employees and firefighters by reducing the risk of human-caused fires. No one is allowed in the closure area, including Forest Service personnel, unless they are responding to a wildfire or other emergency or patrolling to ensure enforcement of the closure. The order shall remain in effect until July 31, 2021 or until rescinded, whichever occurs first. Residents or businesses using roads in the restricted area to the extent necessary to access their private property are exempt.

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