Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyphs

Florence, Arizona (Pinal County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.68 miles
Highest Elevation: 2400 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Florence
Nearest Town w/ Services: Florence
Official Road Name: Cottonwood Canyon Road
Management Agency: Arizona State Trust Department and Gila District Bureau of Land Management


Highlight: Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyphs
The highlight of this trail is the ancient petroglyphs that have been scrawled onto the rocks within Cottonwood Canyon. This area is a Bureau of Land Management Petroglyph Study Area. There are many beautiful petroglyphs to be found, mostly on the northern face of the canyon walls. These ancient writings are not to be touched or tampered with. It is recommended to take pictures but please leave these writings undisturbed for future explorers to discover. What the petroglyphs are telling us may be a mystery, but they are but a brief glimpse into the lives of the ancient people who may have lived or traveled through here many years ago.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyphs can be easily accessed from [Mineral Mountain Road]( Turn right/west from Mineral Mountain Road onto Cottonwood Canyon Road. Continue straight for Mineral Mountain Road.

Directions to Trailhead

The trailhead can be found by way of [Mineral Mountain Road]( The Mineral Mountain Road trailhead can be found approximately 25 miles south of Apache Junction, Az, on US60, between mile markers 214 and 215. Look for the flag pole and large staging area on the right. Follow Mineral Mountain Road to the Cottonwood Canyon Petroglyphs (6.8 miles).



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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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