Beginner Off-Road Trails Near Apache Junction

Bulldog Wash

This trail is just off Ellsworth Road, and takes you right to Bulldog Canyon trail. Most of it is a sandy wash that weaves around the Arizona desert. Expect some canyon walls, with one one…
Total Miles
3.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Peralta road

Peralta road is an easy, graded dirt road. Although the road is not challenging, it still leads to great views and has plenty of turn-offs for dispersed camping. If you are into hiking, this road…
Total Miles
11.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

Rolls Road

From the first parking lot on Four Peaks Rd heading south, the road is whoops and sandy washes to a rocky road, then you'll be at the parking lot for Butcher Jones. Please note there…
Total Miles
6.6
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Wi

Pucker Ridge Bat Cave

A short distance after the Mini Grand Canyon you have a chance to hike to the Bat Cave. This will probably take an hour and involve a small bit of rock scrambling. Drive to the…
Total Miles
0.2
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Wagon Tracks, Apache Tears and Arnett Canyon

Begin at the east end of the airport and follow the trail to the Wagon Tracks. According to the Tom Kollenborn Chronicles the tracks were the results of the ore wagons hauling silver ore from…
Total Miles
2.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Putz Cemetery and Superior View

A trail to some historical graves and a fantastic viewpoint. A pretty drive even if you don't care for the history, but we recommend checking the history section below. From US 60, go directly across…
Total Miles
4.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

A-Cross Road

A-Cross Road is an easy 25-mile drive through the beautiful countryside north of Roosevelt Lake. There are wide open views of Roosevelt Lake and the Sierra Ancha Mountains for the entire length. One area of…
Total Miles
24
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Wi / Fa

Mount Ord

Mt Ord is almost 7000' elevation, so it is a nice place to be in hot weather, but not so good after a cold winter storm.This trip is an enjoyable way to spend a short…
Total Miles
16.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Tow Strap

This trail is relatively easy in a stock truck. It is a steep incline of 2.5 miles. Closer to the top the trail has a couple of tight technical turns. Once you reach the top…
Total Miles
12.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Pinto to Pinal

This Jeep trail is 50 miles, including the road up to and down from Pinal Peak and the one out to Madera Peak.This series of easy, scenic roads will take you from Pinto Mine Road…
Total Miles
29.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Walnut Spring Trail

This out-and-back trail begins right off Seven Spring Road, and immediately there is a sandy river wash to cross. Be aware that it could be hazardous in flash flooding conditions. Shortly after, there is a…
Total Miles
3.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Old 96 Ranch

This biggest portion of this Jeep trail is an easy and relaxing trip on a well-maintained gravel road from Highway 79 south of Florence to Highway 77 at Dudleyville. This is where you can explore…
Total Miles
60.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Sp / Fa / Wi

Mesa Connection

This easy dirt road section is the start/end of a 60-mile trail. It leads to the top of the mesa with beautiful desert views and scattered primitive camping. Connects to the (OnX) New River trail.…
Total Miles
3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Maggie May's Way

This out-and-back offshoot leads to a fun area with a handful of both easy and advanced trails. This particular trail is not very technical itself, although water erosion on or next to the trail is…
Total Miles
1.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Cramm Mountain Loop

This very short, easy, loop trail around Cramm Mountain offers sweeping 360 views of the desert landscape. It does seem that this trail is minimally used and therefore has vegetation overgrowth in places - higher…
Total Miles
1.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Natural Drainage Rd 488

Drainage Road 488 is a short, but very rewarding trail that will lead you to a scenic lookout over Roosevelt Lake. The first thing you will encounter is a set of campsites followed by a…
Total Miles
2.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

Parker Canyon East

This trail leads to an eastern overlook of Parker Canyon. The road isn't challenging, but it can offer a good perspective after seeing the west side of the canyon via Natural Drainage Road 488, also…
Total Miles
0.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Swimming Pool House

This is a short trail to a very cool abandoned house. You will see the house as the Young Road starts to climb toward the mountains. It must have been quite a property in its…
Total Miles
0.5
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

Oak Creek Cabin

A fairly easy road to an old cabin at the edge of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness. The cabin is in good shape and even has a few canned goods and (empty) booze bottles.You can take…
Total Miles
10
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Su

Bloody Basin Road

Take a day to drive this road that will take you through Agua Fria National Monument. You'll want to take your time to explore archaeological sites and petroglyphs along the way. You can also enjoy…
Total Miles
35.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Angel Wings

The road up to the mines is through heavy timber with recently burned areas in the upper section, and can easily be blocked by burned trees blown down or washed into the trail. Take a…
Total Miles
2.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Sp

Pioneer Pass

Pioneer Pass starts near the center of Globe, circles the south side of Pinal Peak, and ends on Forest Service Road 651 leading to Pinal Peak. Climb to Pioneer Pass at 6,000' elevation, drop into…
Total Miles
20.1
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Aztec Peak

Aztec Peak trail is an easy road to a fire tower at the top of a 7,748' mountain. The road follows Workman Creek while accessing several Forest Service recreation areas and trailheads. Almost any vehicle…
Total Miles
6.4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Sawtooth Mountain Loop

AZ State Trust permit required. This is a scenic trail that circles around the Sawtooth Mountains. The trail is on BLM and AZ State Trust and skirts private land. You will experience forests of cholla…
Total Miles
22.8
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

El Paso Pipeline Road

This is a dirt-covered service road that is regularly maintained. It's a fun, easy route for getting to different areas. Nothing technical about this trail aside from a couple of sandy washes. Note of caution,…
Total Miles
5.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

Cactus Express

A quick, short little section of trail that connects Lake Pleasant road to Saguaro Way trail, which leads to a shooting area. There is nothing terribly technical about this route aside from a couple of…
Total Miles
0.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Saguaro Way

This section of trail weaves its way through the beautiful desert and leads to a shooting area at the North end. It also connects to a handful of other trails. There are a couple of…
Total Miles
2.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

Lone Pine Divide

A very enjoyable backcountry Jeep trail from SR 288 (Young Road) just north of Roosevelt Lake back to SR 288 north of Young. This trip stays east of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness and skirts the…
Total Miles
37.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Su

Trail 9949

This short section of trail is more narrow and therefore is only open to small utility SXS and smaller. No full-size trucks or SXS's. Nothing too technical on this trail, aside from one section with…
Total Miles
0.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp

Chilito Mine

Chilto Mine road takes you to around 2,500 feet in about 3 miles. With great views of the valley you start in. The bonus is that it gets a little tougher at the Chilito Mine…
Total Miles
5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi