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Trekking between the Table Mesa Recreation Area and Black Canyon City, west of I-17, Black Canyon OHV Trail is a scenic, rocky, and narrow 4x4 trail that follows an ancient pack trail over steep rolling hills and deep dry river beds through thick and thriving high desert vegetation. This trail provides a great mix of challenges and views and is a fantastic adventure-filled day when combined with AZCO Mine Trail.
Black Canyon OHV Route, also known as the Backway to Black Canyon City, is a straight-through, two-way trail that parallels the Black Canyon Trail's hiking network. The trail begins in the Table Mesa Recreation area on the south and ends in the northern residential areas of Black Canyon City. The southern half of the trail is not difficult as you drive on slightly rough dirt through gentle curves and hills. However, the trail is skinny in spots, only one vehicle wide in areas where passing cannot be accomplished. Always look far ahead for oncoming traffic, and make mental notes of pull-out opportunities.
Before you reach the mid-way point, north of Slate Creek, the trail becomes extremely rocky with large rocks, loose dirt, tighter turns, and steep hills. The rock garden in this section is unavoidable and will require a good spotter, a good line choice, and a highly capable vehicle with larger, aggressive tires. The rough terrain you encounter throughout this trail keeps your speeds extremely low; thus, this 9-mile-long route can take several hours.
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