U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Black Canyon National Recreation Trail
The southern end of the trail is located in Maricopa County, approximately 40 miles north of Sky Harbor Airport. The northern end of the trail is located in Yavapai County, approximately 40 miles from Prescott, Arizona.
There are several trailheads available to access the Black Canyon Trail.
Emery Henderson Trailhead: From Phoenix, take Interstate 17 north and exit at New River Road. Head west (left). The Trailhead is on the north side of the road. From Prescott, take Highway 69 to Interstate 17, and head south. Take the New River Exit and head west. Travel about two miles on the New River Road and turn right at the developed area.
Black Canyon City Trailhead: From Phoenix, take Interstate 17 north and exit at Black Canyon City. Head west (left). At the stop sign turn right then a quick left onto Warner Road. Follow the road to the white tank which marks the Black Canyon City Trailhead. From Prescott, take highway 69 to Interstate 17, head south. Take the Black Canyon City Exit and turn west. Drive through town and turn west onto Werner Road. Follow road to white tank.
Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and viewing scenery. Picnic facilities exist at the Emery Henderson Trailhead.
This is a non-motorized trail for mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders.
Permits, Fees, Limitations:
There are no fees associated with trail use. Efforts are being made to mark the trail, however, trail signage is lacking in areas. Segments of the trail are not recommended for novice horseback riders. Some challenging terrain exists for mountain bikers. Cliffs exist along the trail south of the Black Canyon City Trailhead and north of Table Mesa.
The Black Canyon Trail was not designed to be universally accessible; it is a natural-base trail bed through harsh terrain and sometimes rough, unstable soils and rocks, with various grades and numerous elevation changes and often a harsh desert climate. The Emery Henderson Trailhead is accessible with a paved parking area and hardened surfaces. Picnic facilities and restrooms are wheelchair accessible, although there are no specialized docks or loading ramps designed to assist in specialized mounting of horses or mountain bikes for visitors to use the trail. The Black Canyon City Trailhead contains a gravel parking area. There are no facilities.
Camping and Lodging:
Dispersed primitive camping is allowed on BLM public lands in Arizona along the trail for no more than 14 days within a 28 consecutive day period. Camping and lodging opportunities exist in Black Canyon City, Anthem and Phoenix, as well as Cordes Lakes, Mayer, and towns along Highway 69.
Food and Supplies:
Food and supplies are available in Phoenix, Black Canyon City, Rock Spring, Prescott and areas in-between.
No first aid available on site. The nearest medical facilities are John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in north Phoenix (623-879-5351; 19829 N. 27th Ave.) or Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott (928-455-2700; 1003 Willow Creek Road). Cell phone coverage is limited in areas along the trail.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Hassayampa Field Office