Black Canyon City Trailhead

This trailhead accesses the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail. The 80-mile Black Canyon Trail provides mountain bikers with a long range back country trail riding opportunity. This historic National Recreation Trail is of national significance, following a route used since the times of pre-historic Native American travelers and traders. This trail provides a challenging ride experience characterized by rough, unstable soils and rocks, with various trail grades and numerous elevation changes within a harsh desert climate. The trail meanders through the Sonoran Desert landscape, including saguaro forests and rugged canyons. The trail is recommended for use from November through April. At other times of the year, the trail is seldom used. The difficulty level is intermediate.


Black Canyon City Trailhead
Black Canyon City Trailhead

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Phoenix District Office
2020 E. Bell Road

Geographic Coordinates

34.052798, -112.151918


From Phoenix, take Interstate 17 north and exit at Rock Springs/Black Canyon City Exit 242. Head west (left). At the stop sign turn right then a quick left onto Warner Road. Follow the road to the white tank.

From Prescott, take highway 69 to Interstate 17, head south. Take the Black Canyon City/Cold Water Road Exit 244. Drive through town and turn west (right) onto Warner Road. Follow road to the white tank.