Smasher Canyon

Total Miles


1,166.32 ft


3 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

With a name like Smasher Canyon, you have to expect it to have its challenges. This trail is not for the faint of heart as it winds through rugged terrain. Smasher is a popular rock crawling trail in the high desert of central Arizona near the small town of Clarkdale. The trail demands a certain level of offroad driving expertise. Steep ascents and descents, coupled with technical sections, will challenge your vehicle's capabilities and your driving skills. Four-wheel drive, high clearance, and lockers are highly recommended for a safe and enjoyable experience. The white stone ledges and boulders that are found throughout the entire trail average 2 feet tall and require a good spotter to keep from being high centered. There's a high risk of body damage and or breakage. The trail is designed to go counterclockwise.


This is a rock crawling trail without bypasses. There are numerous large vertical ledges and boulders to climb. It's a high risk of body damage and/or breakage. A spotter is highly recommended. There are only two bypasses on impassable washed-out sections. All other obstacles will need to be completed. It's not recommended for stock vehicles or inexperienced drivers

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Access Description

From Cottonwood Arizona, at Highway 89A and Main Street: Travel north 3.9 miles on Main (turns into Broadway) to Tuzigoot Road. You will see a large brown Tuzigoot National Monument sign. Travel east across the Verde River bridge and immediately turn left, north onto Sycamore Canyon Road. Travel 5.9 miles until trail FR 258 on the right, east side of the road. There is a small staging area here. Travel on FR 258 for 1.3 miles to the trailhead on the right, west side of the trail.

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