Old Black Canyon Highway

Black Canyon City, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 04/09/2019
3 / 5 ( 1 review )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.4 miles
Highest Elevation: 1986 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Black Canyon City
Nearest Town w/ Services: Black Canyon City
Official Road Name: 9982
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Table Mesa Recreation Area
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Highlight: Old Black Canyon Highway
Today this dirt trail gives access to private property and the Black Canyon hiking trail, but also leads you south to a very skinny, winding, and hilly off-road trail; not too different from how it's was described in the 1930's. Old maps also show it continued through parts of today's Table Mesa Recreation Area (likely AZCO Mine Road), and a town call Gillett that is now a section of private property in the same area, near the Agua Fria River. Old Black Canyon Highway is one of the more difficult paths into the Table Mesa Recreation Area with the most challenging part consists of sharp switchbacks on a narrow trail surrounded by cliffs, making it unsuitable for larger trucks and trailers.



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1. Old Black Canyon Highway Trailhead (0 mi)
Old Black Canyon Highway trail goes right alongside Interstate 17 as it heads north to south between Black Canyon City and Table Mesa Recreation Area. This spot is right next to the southbound entrance to I-17 on the south end of Black Canyon City (technically in the minuscule town of Rock Springs) and provides plenty of room for staging. There are also some parking areas to the west of the trail intended for use by hikers.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.045010, -112.148960

Starting Point: Black Canyon City

From the southern-most Black Canyon City exit, number 242 off I-17, head west from the freeway entrance/exit to Old Black Canyon Highway. Old Black Canyon Hwy is paved throughout Black Canyon City and is the main road through the city. Take this road south until just before it changes from a two-way road into a one-way freeway entrance (just past the famous Rock Springs Cafe). At this point, there will be a dirt road on the right. This dirt road is the continuation of Old Black Canyon Highway and soon turns into Table Mesa Recreation Area trail number 9982. From Table Mesa Recreation Area, take 9999 to the intersection with 9982. Take 9982 northeast towards Old Black Canyon Highway.



Trail Reviews (2)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This was a good trail for Jeeps and other vehicles with short wheel base. As states by Tek, there are a lot of switchbacks and very narrow trails. You can access the trail from the top or bottom, just check out all the BLM tails in the area.

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I had a good time running this trail in a stock Wrangler Unlimited. Take the authors advice, this is really best for narrow trucks, and the shorter the wheelbase the better. There are lots of switchbacks and narrow areas where it will be hard to pass. There was a decent amount of UTV traffic on the weekend so be careful. This trail opens up to several more in the area, which will provide more opportunities for scenic views and fun times.

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Do you think a current gen Tacoma would make it though this trail? Additionally, is running it backwards an option, or will there be too many issues with “oncoming” traffic?
–Ryan Burger (09/20/2018)
–Richard Shaw (12/15/2019)
–S.J. Hollist (09/21/2018)

Writer Information

S.J. Hollist

Mapping Crew - Arizona and Florida

I've been writing for TrailsOffroad since August 2015. Before that, I had been off-road in places like central and northern Utah, east and west Texas, and central and northern Arizona. I've even driven off-road on an island in the Caribbean (the one time I've driven a Jeep off-road). I joined TrailsOffroad because it combines my three favorite hobbies: Off-roading obviously; I've also been blogging for most of my life - even before it was done on the internet (ever heard of a dial-up BBS?) - and even wrote a political column for Examiner.com for a few years; I also have experience with building websites and promoting on social media. These experiences made writing for Trails Offroad a good fit for me, and I've been enjoying it very much. When I'm not working at my IT job, or playing with my kids, I go on runs with a group of people who like to collaborate on [AZFJ.org](http://azfj.org), and run my own online marketing and web content company (my wife calls it my hobby business) [The Rotisory Foundation](http://rotisory.spaldam.com) (named after a BBS I used to run back in High School and College before the Internet became overwhelmingly popular). I'm a big Toyota fan. I've owned two 4x4 Tacomas, an older 4x4 Toyota pickup, and I'm now on my second FJ Cruiser (the first was a TRD SE 6 speed, that I got rid of after my twins were born). You can learn more about my adventures at [SJsAdv.com](http://sjsadv.com).
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