IMPORTANT! Please note that the coke ovens are located on private property and are OFF LIMITS. The trails themselves leading to the ovens are not closed or private but the property lines do cross the trail with no signs. Signs have been placed however someone keeps taking them down. We ask that you please respect the property owners wishes and to not remove any signage. Several clubs are trying to work with the owner to provide access. On rare occasions clubs get owner’s permission to enter his PRIVATE PROPERTY.
Description: Steep climbs, tippy shelf roads and challenging rock obstacles. Stock vehicles should have high ground clearance and good articulation. Skid plates recommended. Very remote location. Don’t drive alone.
note: State Trust Land permit is required (read this post).
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Time & Distance: Almost 21 miles one way. Allow 6 to 7 hours for the complete round trip.
Trail Conditions: Bureau of Land Management, Gila District, Tucson Field Office. Call (520) 258-7200.
Directions to the Trail: From the intersection of Hwy 60 and Hwy 79 at Florence Junction, drive south on Hwy 79 about 5 miles. Turn left at a flagpole between mile markers 144 and 145 at Cottonwood Canyon Road. Follow Cottonwood Canyon Road east for about 8 miles, until you reach a major T intersection with Mineral Mountain Road. Head south on Box Canyon Road for 5.2 miles, make a sharp left turn uphill out of the wash. The entrance to Coke Ovens trail is 2.1 miles from this spot.
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Get yourself and your TOY ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.
Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.
Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.
If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!