Emery Henderson 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.


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BLM Mountain Biking: Black Canyon Trail in Arizona


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From Phoenix, take Interstate 17 north and exit at New River Road, Exit 233. Head west (left) and continue approximately three miles. The Trailhead is on the north (right) side of the road.

From Prescott, take Highway 69 to Interstate 17, and head south. Take the New River Exit 233. Head west (right). Travel about three miles on the New River Road and turn right at the developed area.