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Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Woodpecker/Ajax Mines 4x4 Trail, Arizona

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Difficulty: Difficult
Length: 6.6 miles / 10.6 km
Duration: Half day
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Overview: Very difficult hard-core 4x4 route. Trail follows extremely rocky wash bottom, then cuts across higher ground past Woodpecker Mine and Ajax Mine, then goes down another wash bottom. Open to ATVs and UTVs, but it’s a real challenge. 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.


Difficult. Large boulders and solid rock obstacles. Squeeze through narrow rock openings. Lockers and very high ground clearance required. Worst obstacles can be bypassed. Flash floods possible.

This trail is one of 100 trails from the book, Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (2nd Edition), by Charles Wells & Matt Peterson, and is available at This trail is also in FunTreks ATV Trails Guide Arizona Phoenix Region.

Tips: Carry spare parts and travel with other well-equipped vehicles. Carry water and sun protection. Notify someone where you are. Watch kids and pets around mines. Make sure to carry a State Trust Land Permit.

Trail conditions can change without notice. FunTreks, Inc. and its owner and employees are not responsible for injury, death, or vehicle damage as a result of using this guide. The content of this guide is the property of FunTreks, Inc. and is made available to the user pursuant to EveryTrail’s Terms of Service (

Points of Interest


Start of Woodpecker/Ajax Loop

Online directions should bring you to the start of trail. Depending on the direction you are coming from, you will either reach this point via Mineral Mountain Road off of Highway 60 or Cottonwood Canyon Road off of Highway 79

The Firehole

Some people actually try to drive through the middle of this obstacle. Most go around it.

Highway to Hell

Bear hard right here out of wash. Straight is extreme Highway to Hell.

Woodpecker Mine

Watch kids and dogs at this open mine shaft.

Entrance to Ajax Mine

Stay right here at big rusty tank. Left goes to Ajax Mine. You are now exiting on easier Ajax Trail.

Return to Mineral Mountain Road

Right here goes back to start of Woodpecker. Left goes to Box Canyon, Martinez Canyon and the Coke Ovens. All available as eGuides from FunTreks on EveryTrail.
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