After passing through unimpressive lowlands, the road climbs quickly up the side of Mingus Mountain into the forest, where you find good dispersed camping. The trip offers views of Verde Valley and Cottonwood as you climb. You’ll pass the large Copper Chief Mine, which is closed to the public. Please obey all signs and warnings. Forest roads are open to unlicensed vehicles. Side Trail #512 is restricted to 50″ wide or less. Fall color peaks early November. Not recommended in winter.
Submitted by Patrick Davis
I took this trail from Mingus Mountain heading over to Cottonwood mid-May 2019. Before reaching the Cooper Chief Mine at the split of 413 & 493 about 10-11 miles into the 19. Road Closed. Shown as 6.4 miles (2.) in AZ Backroads book that takes you the opposite direction I was traveling. After researching the area appears closed till January 2020. You would be turned back from Cottonwood rather quickly but If you go the direction I was traveling (potato patch start) there are no signs saying that the road closes in 10 miles. Bulldozer in the road following closed signs. The closure is a result of over shooting in certain areas and environmental impact from camping. Area closed to the public is being restored I guess.