Description: The Table Mesa Recreation Area comprises approximately 11,557 acres. The area becomes congested with recreationists because it is easily accessed via Interstate 17 from Phoenix. Hikers, Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, and campers may not be seen easily by target shooters, so be aware of other recreational activities in the area.
Directions: From Phoenix, travel north on Interstate 17. Take Exit 236 and turn west. Turn north on the frontage road which leads into the Recreation Area.
Visitor Activities: Visitors to Table Mesa will find:
- 55 miles of OHV riding;
- an OHV training area for all ages;
- six technical vehicle sites for challenging vehicle skills driving;
- hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking on the meandering non-motorized Black Canyon National Recreation Trail;
- access to Lake Pleasant from the northeast;
- target shooting opportunities in areas with a safe backstop (an earthen mound a minimum of 25 feet wide and 15 feet high); and
- dispersed camping and picnicking.
Special Features: Trailhead to the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail (80+ mile trail) and an OHV training site.
Permits, Fees and Limitations: No fees are required for casual use. Special uses including commercial operations, fundraising or organized group events, will require a Special Recreation Permit. Contact the Hassayampa Field Office to determine if a permit is needed for your proposed activity.
Accessibility: Restrooms are accessible.
Camping and Lodging: Dispersed camping is available throughout the recreation area, or at local accommodations in Anthem and Black Canyon City.
Food and Supplies: Restaurants can be found in New River, Anthem, and Black Canyon City. Supplies are available in Anthem and Black Canyon City.
First Aid: The nearest emergency room is John C. Lincoln Sonoran Health and Emergency Center, 33423 N. 32nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85085 623-474-1600.
Additional Information: If you participate in recreational shooting activities, make sure shooting is done in a safe manner so as not to endanger others. Read about safe shooting criteria for more information.
BLM Surface Management Map: AZ Phoenix North and Bradshaw Mts.
U.S.G.S. Topographic Maps: New River and Daisy Mountain
Best Season: October through May
Elevation: 2100 feet
Hassayampa Field Office
21605 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027-2929
Phone: (623) 580-5500
Fax: (623) 580-5580
Field Manager: Rem Hawes
Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., M-F