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Located northeast of Florence, Box Canyon is a scenic trail that passes through a spectacular, narrow canyon with geological features and bright, colorful vegetation you wouldn't commonly associate with the desert, such as acarosporaceae fungi. Beyond the sheer, towering canyon walls, drivers can find petroglyphs, and historical stagecoach stops making this trail a truly unique Arizona offroad experience. A favorite amongst many offroad enthusiasts, this trail is a popular access point to many other trails within the Florence Junction area.
Box Canyon is a straight-through trail that can be run in either direction and starts out very similar on both ends. Starting from the south, the trail travels along a graded dirt road, passing many camping areas. Slowly the trail enters into a sandy wash as you work your way toward the mouth of the canyon. Once inside the narrow box canyon, the road surface becomes mildly rocky and passes a few optional rock obstacles. The trail can change with each passing rain storm, but generally, any stock 4-wheel drive vehicle is suitable for the entire length of this trail. Box Canyon is a very popular trail, and passing opportunities can be limited in a few short sections. The northern end of the trail leads to numerous other off-road trails where users can spend a whole day and even a full week exploring.
Traveling through Box Canyon does require an Arizona State Trust Land permit.
State Trust Land Permits can be found at the Arizona State Trust Land Department website under recreational permit forms, individual/family permit.
Box Canyon is prone to flash flooding. Stay off of this trail if rain is expected. The walls of the canyon are too steep to climb out of if caught in a flash flood.
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