Mingus Mountain

Total Miles


2299.25 ft


3 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Once you get through the lowland section of the trail, it climbs quickly up into the forest. If you want to see the fall colors, they peak in November. Views are impressive along the mountainside. You'll eventually pass Copper Chief Mine. Please obey all signs, as this mine is closed to the public. Camping is available, and the roads are open to unlicensed vehicles. This trail is not recommended in winter.


Moderate: Much of the road is easy, but there are several spots that are steep, narrow and rocky. Suitable for most stock high-clearance SUVs with 4-wheel drive.


We found a 1926 government report stating a cynanide mill was in operation at the Copper Chief mine between 1916 and 1918, during which time the mine returned $875,800. The mine operated profitably for many more years. The mine is owned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc., based in Phoenix. Recent activity at the mine involved installation of a passive water collection system to control seepage still coming from old mine shafts.

Technical Rating


Access Description

Follow Highway 89A northwest through Cottonwood and turn west onto paved Mingus Avenue. At the time of this writing a Maverick Gas Station was located at this intersection.