Ajax Mine Trail

Florence, Arizona (Pinal County)

Last Updated: 08/25/2021
5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.63 miles
Highest Elevation: 900 feet
Duration: About 3 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Florence
Nearest Town w/ Services: Florence
Official Road Name: Ajax Mine Wash
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management/State Trust
District: Tucson District


Highlight: Ajax Mine Trail
Ajax Mine Trail is a 2.7 mile-long rock crawling trail or can be run as a shelf road to view the mine ruins. It's mainly a boulder-strewn wash from the beginning and circles back to the start via the mining road above the entire route. There are numerous difficult rock waterfall obstacles without bypasses along the route. The trail is ideal for experienced wheelers with modified vehicles wishing to test and advance their skills. An Arizona State Trust Permit is required if you plan to enter the area. There are numerous routes to get to the area where the actual trail entrance is located. Unfortunately, there is very little trail signage around because the trails are not numbered by BLM.


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1. Trailhead - Enter Wash (0 mi)
You begin at the old rusted vertical water tank. Drop into the rocky wash and travel east. Do not begin this section if there is any threat of rain.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Mineral Mountain Road, Highway 60

These are the most common entrances into the area. From the north: Follow Highway 60 to Mineral Mountain Road south for roughly 7 miles until the large rocky wash. The trailhead is the large rocky wash heading northeast. From the west: Follow Highway 79 to Cottonwood Canyon Road (marked with blue signs), east for roughly 8 miles to Ajax Mine wash and shelf road. The area can be confusing with all the mining roads. Please ensure you have sufficient mapping or a person familiar with the area.



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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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