Dupont Cabin

Tonto Basin, Arizona (Gila County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 10.93 miles
Highest Elevation: 5900 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Tonto Basin
Nearest Town w/ Services: Tonto Basin
Official Road Name: 236
Management Agency: Tonto National Forest
District: Mesa District


Highlight: Dupont Cabin
Tonto National Forest outside of Phoenix, AZ offers some of the best opportunities in the nation for a true backcountry 4x4 overland adventure. FR236 is a gateway to this type of experience. The trail provides stunning vistas of the Tonto Basin and Four Peaks Region. The trail has a stop at the iconic Dupont Cabin an old ranch house where you can get a glimpse of what frontier life used to be like. Several primitive campsites have beautiful views of the surrounding canyons. The trail can be a challenge for stock 4x4s because of the loose steep climb along the ledge road. Even experienced drivers will be challenged on this route. But the rewards are when you get to the top and can see for miles in all directions. Once on top, tall ponderosa pines provide some much-needed shade during summer months.


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1. Trailhead FR236 Northeast (0 mi)
Travel northeast along FR236, passing the forest service signage.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: FR71 Trail End

Follow FR71 Tonto National Forest 12.4 miles until waypoint 13. Travel east along FR236 at the trail marker.



Trail Reviews (10)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: I have read about a nearby cave. Does anyone have directions from the cabin or coordinates?
–Brad (01/15/2021)
–Bobby Nelson (01/15/2021)
Q: This question can be answered by anyone who has done the trail. I see it's a Straight Through style trail, what connects to it after? After reaching the Cabin, is it quickest to get back to road by going back the way you came or is there another trail that connects and gets you back to tarmac?
–Jon Sauber (05/20/2020)
–Bobby Nelson (05/20/2020)

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 to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR.
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