See unique, beehive-shaped ovens near the Cochran Townsite. This area was closed for a time but is now open. Please help keep the area clean. The ovens were used in the early 1900s to make coke, a clean-burning fuel used in blast furnaces to produce iron ore. Coke was made by baking a mixture of different kinds of coal at high temperature without contact with air. This trail is rated difficult for ATVs. Open all year except a few weeks a year when military training exercises are in progress. Dates of closure are posted at the main entrance at Cottonwood Canyon Road and Mineral Mountain Road. The area is closed if red flags are flying. A State Trust Land permit is required to ride in this area. Call 602-364-2753 for details.
Moderate. 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.
Carry lots of water and sun protection. Travel with other vehicles. Notify someone where you going. Make sure to carry a State Trust Land Permit.
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This is a convenient place to start. It is the intersection of two major county roads. Your phone directions will get you to this point. Head south from here on Mineral Mountain Road. Follow the tracklog as roads and wash bottoms mingle together and it can be confusing at times.
Right here follows the canyon bottom. It is mostly easy except for one giant rocky ledge that many will find difficult. Stock SUVs with low ground clearance should not go this way. Left follows high points around the canyon. It is narrow and steep in places, but fairly easy. It is also more scenic.
Zigzag uphill to Coke Ovens. From here you can double back the way you came, or continue on around the loop. There are two large ledges to climb if you continue. When you reach start of loop, turn left and return the way you came.
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