Box Canyon - Florence, Arizona

4.7/5 (28 reviews)
Florence, Arizona (Pinal County)
Last Updated: 07/07/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

Box Canyon is the highlight of this trail providing southern access to the popular trail system just north of Box Canyon and Florence, Arizona commonly referred to as, "Florence Junction." Driving through Box Canyon is a wonderful scenic introduction to the area and is a very popular trail. Box Canyon can be traveled in either direction but continues on to the north connecting with many other nearby trails. These other trails can be combined for a full day of exploration. A favorite among many, you will often find other OHV enthusiasts sharing this trail.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Box Canyon offers access to the popular OHV and trail system north of Florence, Arizona. The trail is fun to drive and becomes progressively narrower offering views of the towering walls of rock above. The trail is rather tame initially from a graded dirt road, to a sandy wash, to mild rocky obstacles near the end of the trail. Box Canyon can be driven almost entirely in 2 wheel drive depending on trail conditions and driver experience. Drivers are encouraged to use their own discretion when it is appropriate to engage 4 wheel drive. The trail can often be very busy with traffic as it is a popular trail. Traveling through Box Canyon does require a Arizona State Trust Land permit. State Trust Land Permits can be found at the Arizona State Trust Land Department website (https://land.az.gov/applications-and-permits) under recreational permit forms, individual/family permit. The downloadable form is in a PDF format. Once completed, the form is to be returned to: Arizona State Land Department 1616 W. Adams St. Phoenix, Az 85007. https://land.az.gov/ The managing BLM office is the Gila District Tucson Field Office at 3201 East Universal Way, Tucsion, Az 85756.
Price Rd has been re-routed around the area used for Country Thunder. There are also some ranches there. At GPS 33.076032, -111.353657 turn right/south and follow until GPS 33.0807, -111.318944 and turn right/east again. This bypasses the ranches on Price Rd. This is a very popular trail and travelers will often encounter small off highway vehicles. In Box Canyon, space is tight in some places so passing can be difficult at times.

Trail Reviews

4.7/5 (28 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/16/2022

Great trail! Amazing views and cool terrain. We actually saw Rams up on the ledges at one point while down in the canyon.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/29/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

More desert discoveries today. Martinez Mine and Cabin. We found ourselves making the anticipated trip through “Box Canyon” near Florence. Following that we headed up Martinez Canyon in search of the historic mining past. I had found a great trip report and photos by Gordon Burhop. He outlined some of the amazing history. Big thanks to him. Martinez Mine was once a flourishing mining operation from 1880 until 1971. It was in operation for over 40 years. as part of the Martinez Canyon Mining District. The mine was used to extract lead, silver, copper, gold, and zinc. Martinez Mine resides in the remote, steep Martinez Canyon.  It is considered one of the best-preserved, original-condition mine sites in the state of Arizona.  It was owned for about 40 years by a long time family of the town of Florence.  Then it was sold, not too long ago, to the Bureau of Land As we hiked up the canyon, we could see remnants of the old mining community.  What appears to be a small cave actually shields a bit of history.  Located in front of a saloon, the cave extends in a crescent shape and emerges back out of the canyon wall.  This rear portion was once an open-air brothel. Another short distance and we came upon the site of the original owner's cabin and the headquarters.  In the 1950's, a flash flood heavily damaged the buildings, but a lot of machinery still remains.  Here the canyon widens a bit, revealing mine shafts in the walls and a natural cave where some Tarahumara Indian laborers once lived.  The mine buildings a short ways up the canyon from there are replete with adit (entrance) shafts, various ore samples, ore car tracks, generators, conveyors, milling equipment and other related necessities.  All are wonderfully preserved due to the remoteness.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 03/19/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Loved the trail. Thoroughly enjoyed my time on the trail. It's mostly moderate except for one spot which is quite difficult because of big boulders and some steep drops. I spent the entire day on the trail as I was there to take some sunrise and sunset pictures. Highlight is definitely the box canyon itself. But there's a stagecoach that will take you back a few hundred years. Theres also railway line that passes through in part of the trail. Overall a fun experience which was not too far from the city.
Trail Review: Box Canyon - Florence, Arizona - Puneet Pande
Trail Review: Box Canyon - Florence, Arizona - Puneet Pande
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Status: Open
Visited: 01/02/2022

Ran Box Canyon today along with Mineral mountain Road, Cottonwood Canyon petroglyphs, and Reymert. Wet but otherwise smooth sailing. My wife's favorite trail out there.
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 11/13/2021

We tried to go from both the southside by country thunder and then from cottonwood canyon road. Ran into a few jeeps and they said the new owners of the land area locked it down. Supposedly there will be some other bypass areas

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