The main attraction of Table Mesa Road is that it gives access to many other more exciting off-road trails throughout the BLM's Table Mesa Recreation Area. Table Mesa Road is split between State Trust Land and a BLM recreation area managed by the Hassayampa BLM Field Office. This dirt road leads to a wide variety of trails designed to be enjoyed by a variety of outdoor enthusiasts from overland trails to rock crawling. It includes areas for motorcycles, ATV's, and full size modified four-wheel drive vehicles.
Black Canyon City, or Carefree, Arizona
The easiest way to access the Table Mesa Road is from I-17 exit 236. However, this requires a State Trust Land Permit as you will be crossing State Trust Land on the section closest to the freeway.
Heading north on I-17, the sign at the end of the exit ramp points towards the eastern end of Table Mesa Road. Instead, turn left (west) then take the first right to get onto the Frontage Road. If heading south on the Interstate, the Table Mesa Road exit will loop around to the Frontage Road where you'll turn left onto it. The Frontage Road will take you north to an intersection with Table Mesa Road and the southern end of AZCO Mine Road; just shy of the BLM land area.
To avoid State Trust Land, you can enter the Table Mesa Recreation Area from Old Black Canyon Highway, or Black Canyon OHV Trail. Once in the Table Mesa Recreation Area, you can take
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