Cave Spring Trail climbs onto the east slope of the Black Mountains for about 0.8 miles and ends at Cave Spring. The route is steep in places but not hazardous. Cave Spring, as its name implies, is located within a natural cave that provides water for wildlife and wild burros that inhabit the area. To gain access to the cave you will need to duck beneath hackberry trees that guard the entrance. Looking east from the cave entrance treats you to a nice view of the surrounding Sacramento Valley and the Hualapai and Cerbat Mountains beyond. Use of the trail is most comfortable between the months of September and May, although early-morning hiking during the summer can be pleasant as well.
Cave Spring Trail is located in Mohave County, Arizona, 15 miles west of Kingman, in the Black Mountains. It is situated within the Mount Nutt Wilderness
To get to Cave Spring Trail from Kingman, follow Highway 93 north to Highway 68. Turn west onto Highway 68 and follow it approximately 9 miles to Estrella Road. Head south on Estrella Road for 4.7 miles to Shinarump Road. Turn right onto Shinarump Road and proceed 2.0 miles to Guthrie Road. Turn right on Guthrie Road and park at the small rock-lined parking area on your left.
Hiking and horseback riding.
Volcanic ash and lava depositions have weathered over the eons to create interesting spires, caves, ledges and cubbyholes throughout this part of the Black Mountains. Keep your eyes open for wild burros that live in the area.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
No permits or fees are required. Camping is not permitted at the trailhead, but is fine anywhere else along the trail. Since this trail is located within wilderness, motor vehicles and mountain bikes are prohibited on the trail. Shade and drinking water are not available along the route.
A four-wheel-drive vehicle is not needed to access the trailhead. The trail is not wheel chair accessible.
Camping and Lodging
Primitive camping without fees is available on public lands year-round. Motel lodging is abundant in Kingman and Bullhead City, AZ.
Food and Supplies
There are many large grocery stores and businesses supplying outdoor recreation needs in nearby Kingman and Bullhead City.
The nearest hospitals are in Kingman, AZ (approximately 25 miles east of the trailhead) and in Bullhead City, AZ (approximately 30 miles west of the trail head). In the event of a medical or law enforcement emergency people may call 911 or the Mohave County Sheriff’s Department 928-753-2141.
Davis Dam, Arizona 1:100,000 Surface Management Map (1999)
Secret Pass, Arizona 7.5’ USGS topo
Kingman Field Office
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Kingman, AZ 86401-5308
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