Beginner Off-Road Trails Near Picacho

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

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

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

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

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

Backway to Mount Lemmon

Many drivers opt to skip this unremarkable backroad. There is a 6-mile section of the road that climbs and winds up the mountain, but other than that, it is pretty uneventful. Unlicensed vehicles are okay…
Total Miles
45.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su

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

Sonoran Desert 8009

Take Freeman Road exit about 17 miles east of Gila Bend. BLM. Camping is available, but put some distance between yourself and the interstate. It is an easy drive, though clearance is necessary in some…
Total Miles
11.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Fa / Wi

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

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

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

Copper Creek Trail

This trail starts out on Arizona State Trust land which requires a permit from the state and are easy to get and last year. It also crosses private land and requires each rig to sign…
Total Miles
12.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa / Sp

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

Copper Creek Ridge & Bunker Hill Mine Trail

This trail cuts off the Copper Creek Trail, takes off up the mountain in a series of switchbacks to the top then goes along the ridge. There is a spur trail that goes to the…
Total Miles
5.4
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Fa / Sp / Wi / Su

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

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

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

Margie's Cove Trail

Margie's Cove Trail skirts the south side of Margie's Peak, splitting the Sonoran Desert National Monument and North Maricopa Wilderness. The trail is mostly a rutted dirt track with long stretches of soft sand. You…
Total Miles
5.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / 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

Whipple Obervatory Rally

Are you visiting family in Tucson and want to scratch that dirt road itch? Looking for a quick and easy adventure with sweeping views? Do you want to rally your family's crossover by taking the…
Total Miles
7.4
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Sp / Fa / Wi

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

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

Yellow Jacket Loop

This is a great dirt trail with scenic views. Go right past the historic "Yellow Jacket Mine" and see all the equipment left there. Plenty of views of the surrounding hills and even all the…
Total Miles
8.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Sp

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

Agua Caliente Road

Loop the Gila Bend Mountains while visiting the Gillespie Dam and Bridge plus Sundad Ghost Town.Start this run in Gila Bend then go north up the Gila River Valley on historic US Route 80, which…
Total Miles
83.5
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa

Ruby Road

Scenic views on this trail plus go by the historic ghost town of Ruby Arizona! The road will take you within 2.6 miles of the border with Mexico and along with the views, you'll pass…
Total Miles
19.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su

Jackson Cabin

This trail is a long day, but we thought it was well worth the trip. The scenery is nice, there is a natural bridge, and the cabin is interesting. You will pass through Muleshoe Ranch…
Total Miles
26.9
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / 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