Moores Gulch

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Moores Gulch runs from AZCO Mine Road in the BLM's Table Mesa Recreation Area through Arizona State Trust Land into the Tonto National Forest, ending at a scenic overlook above Black Canyon City. The trail drops into the ordinarily dry Moores Gulch and crosses under Interstate 17. Stately saguaro and thickets of mesquite line the Moores Gulch drainage. The trail turns northeast climbing steeply out of the drainage following ridgelines along the western slopes of the rugged and nearly impenetrable New River Mountains. A gate and signage mark the trail's entry into the Tonto National Forest. Cattle graze almost the entire length of the trail. Please close the gates along the trail.

The trail is rocky, with numerous significant climbs and descents approaching 20 degrees. Low-range gearing is helpful. Several deep washes are prone to flash flooding after significant precipitation.

There are three campsites along the trail in the Table Mesa Recreation Area. Small campsites are scattered along the remainder of the trail. Camping in the Arizona State Trust Land segment requires a permit.