Black Canyon OHV Trail

4.5/5 (6 reviews)
Black Canyon City, Arizona (Yavapai County)
Last Updated: 03/27/2023

Trail Information



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.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

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.

Flash floods can make the wash crossing impassable.

Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (7)
This trail guide's difficulty was changed on 03/23/2023
Visited: 11/18/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Well I Have to say this is a beautiful trail and would be real good trail to bring out friends that are newish to 4x4 wheeling. Now I would have to say that the trail for the most part is easy. The area between way point 14-15 is more difficult then the trail rating of 3. The steep angle of the trail and the large boulders that high center your rig are concerning. There are 3 hard areas inside way point 14-15 that will hang up rig and make this trail harder then noted. I also ran this trail south to north alone and that might have also given me a little more anxiety about the difficulty of the area. All in all a great trail and a must do to see the views. I would say running this trail from North to south would make the treble spots easer with gravity on your side.
Visited: 12/13/2021

Combined this with Little Pan and Indian Fort for an interesting midday drive. After Slate Creek, it definitely became "difficult"; I learned a lot going through this section about the abilities of my JK setup. I avoided most of the pin striping by going slow and angling more....until Slate Creek and after....nothing a good buff job shouldn't be able to pull out.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 10/09/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun desert hill trail. Definitely overgrown so you’ll here the scratches lol. But awesome winding trail that goes on for a while.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/30/2021

My daughter and I ran this from south to north today on my 2021 Royal Enfield Himilayan. Got hairy in a few spots, the large rocky climb was a bit more then I wanted to deal with but got the bike through. Really pretty trail.

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