West of Cottonwood and northeast of Prescott near Jerome, the Mingus Mountain Loop is a 16.6 mile loop open to mountain biking, ATV riding and off-road motorcycle trails riding. The trail follows a long narrow shelf road with views of the Verde Valley.
To reach the trailhead from Cottonwood, head west on SR89A through Jerome. A few miles past Jerome, look for FS104 on the left side of the road. Head southeast on FS104 to FS413 (aka Allan Springs Road). This could be a nice place to park. The loop follows FS413 around Mingus Mountain and heads north to Jerome.
If you are looking for a nice downhill run, you can head down FS493 into Cottonwood for a 4,300 foot descent!
Note: A section of FS413 passes through a private inholding owned by Phelps Dodge Mining. There is no public easement, but as of July 2006, the mining company was permitting access.
Overall, Mingus Mountain Loop is the 21st most popular mountain bike trail of all 103 mountain biking rides in Arizona.