Cottonwood Canyon Road

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4.7/5 (13 reviews)
Florence, Arizona (Pinal County)
Last Updated: 02/14/2023
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Cottonwood Canyon Road serves as one of, if not the main entrance to, the famous Florence OHV area. This rugged region is littered with old mines, wagon stops, petroglyphs, and beautiful Sonoran Desert landscapes. During the busy winter months, the early portion of the route is considered the boondockers midway. Countless RVs and large family groups line the well-maintained gravel road. The fun begins once you pass all the traffic. The trail travels through a rocky wash before climbing into the southern foothills of the Superstition Mountains with spectacular panoramas of the surrounding Sonoran Desert. Cottonwood Canyon Road ends at 5 Points, the central hub of the region's trail network. You can choose from various routes, like rock crawling on the Ajax Mine trail for lunch at the ruins or continuing south through the beautiful narrow walls of Box Canyon.



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4.7/5 (14)
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/30/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Completed in a modded stock height 4x4 4Runner, with my buddy in his modded stock height Tacoma. SXS we’re hauling through this trail, which is already a tight one. It’s pretty washed out with some decent exposed rock in areas. At times we were three wheeling! Take your time and pick good lines and you’ll be good! I’d give it a high 4 rating now. I didn’t get many photos since this trail really required your undivided attention!
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Visited: 12/13/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this trail from the east via mineral Mountain from the north. I ran this trail in 2019 and 2020 and the area coming off Box Canyon/mineral mountain is much worse. We turned around and we back out mineral mountain. The area shown a waypoint 13 has eroded and washed worse. I was in a 2023 Colorado Trail Boss with lift and 33s and I just don’t think I could make it. There was also 3 more eroded areas on up, (walked it), so we turned around. This part of the trail is not moderate. It is probably passable with more lift than I had and a shorter wheel base.
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/23/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

This was a fun technical trail. Harder than I expected but still fun. My tires came off the ground kind of often once we reached the harder parts. It would be nice to have a lift and some armor for this trail. I hit hard a couple times.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/28/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Came from the north side off 60. Started out easy. When hit the turn off at the sign for cottonwood canyon, the road drastically changed. Ruts and a couple of steep inclines with sharp rocks. Had to pause a couple times to pick a line as I was in a stock JL. But overall the Jeep did fine. Parked at the big water tank and a short walk over the wash and up the road was the red box. It was full of rocks and no journal. So if someone goes there soon may want to put in a sign up log. The petroglyphs were awesome and made the trip worthy of a return.
Trail Review: Cottonwood Canyon Road - Jeff W
Trail Review: Cottonwood Canyon Road - Jeff W
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/03/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

Ran this on with my stock gen1 4x4 Tacoma. Brother provided a picture of the more hairy spot (see other review). Though most of the trail is really easy that spot caused some puckering. Nice to try a new way into the area.

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