Top 15 Off-Roading Trails Near Phoenix

3. Mount Ord Lookout

This trail, located north of Mesa off Highway 87, has a little bit of everything. It is a moderately difficult trail, but the increase in difficulty is worth it as it involves an elevation rise of more than 3,000 feet, making for an excellent vantage point. At the end of the trail you can make a short hike to the Mount Ord lookout tower before returning.

4. Sunflower Mine

A tougher trail located near Payson, Sunflower Mine is a 20-mile loop that will take most of the day to do, but you’ll be rewarded with an excellent drive through the mountains in the Payson area and a trip toward what used to be a mercury mine.
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