Black Canyon Creek, Arizona

Black Canyon City, Arizona (Yavapai) Technical Rating: 5-8

Last Updated: 07-18-2017

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Status: Closed
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Length: 15.0 Miles
Category: Desert, Ghost Town, Overland, Rock, Sand, Wash, Water
Highest Elevation: '
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Go: South
Connecting Trails:
Nearest Town:
Black Canyon City
Nearest Town w/ Service:
Black Canyon City
Nearby Trails:
Senator Highway, ArizonaBloody Basin Road ArizonaBlack Canyon Overlook Backway to Crown King, ArizonaTable Mesa AreaBlack Canyon OHV Trail
Forest Service Road: # 59
Forest Service / Park District:

Black Canyon Creek, Arizona Highlights

Highlights: Black Canyon Creek, Arizona - Black Canyon City, Arizona

You must not forget to stop at the Rock Springs cafe located just a short drive South of Black Canyon City. Take exit 242. Rock Springs is famous for their wonderful pies. Other points of interest on Bumble Bee Rd include The Bumble Bee Ranch in the town of Bumble Bee, the town of Cleator and the Cleator bar, as well as the town of Crown King approximately 13 miles away. In the general store in Crown King they sell homemade fudge which is not to be missed.

Technical rating: (5-8) Moderate-Difficult

Heavy rock and/or severe ruts. Rocks exceeding hub height frequent. Shelves to 12". Deep mud or uphill mud sections. Steep grades to 25 degrees and can be loose or rocky. Water crossings may exceed 30" in depth. Side hill to 30 degrees. One vehicle wide. Body damage possible. Experience needed. Vehicle Modifications helpful.

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Directions to Trailhead

The Black Canyon Creek trail head is located approximately 50 miles North of Phoenix. To get there, travel North on I-17, take to Exit 248 for Bumble Bee/Crown King, and turn left at the bottom of the ramp. Shortly after you will find a large staging area on the left which is a good place to leave tow rigs, trailers, or to air down. You can also air down at the trail head. You can also access this exit head South from Flagstaff. Bumble Bee rd will eventually turn to dirt after a sharp right turn. Travel on Bumble Bee rd and follow to the trail head located at N34.16 W112.16.


Trailhead GPS Coordinates:

34° 9' 42.1"N
112° 9' 58.23"W

Topo Maps:

Black Canyon City

GPS Exchange File:


Route Description

The Black Canyon Creek Trail was closed in late December 2016 due to significant trail damage at waypoint 9. The local BLM office is aware of the damage. Attempting the trail from the north will result in a short trip that require turning around. Attempting the trail from the south will result in turning around and a frustrating day on the trail. It is that travellers avoid this trail at this time. As updates become available, this guide will be updated.

Black Canyon Creek Trail is an exciting adventure that will challenge anyone's degree of confidence on off-camber, steep, and narrow roads offering scenic views of the surrounding area. There are several sections of the trail which include long, steep, and rocky ascents with washouts along the way. Some of the washouts require close attention as they are quite intimidating. This is a trail to best be driven when dry as slippery conditions can make washouts dangerous. This trail is not for the novice driver or anyone who fears steep narrow shelf roads. It is suitable for vehicles equipped with at least a rear traction aide and aggressive all-terrain tires. Please remember to take the appropriate trail/recovery gear. Also, please do not travel alone as this area is remote. Route finding can be difficult at times. Expect 3-4 hours on the trail.

Access Issues

The local BLM office is the Hassayampa field office located at: Phoenix District 21605 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Az 85027-2929, 623-580-5500, Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., M-F.

Camping and Lodging

Camping & Lodging: Black Canyon Creek, Arizona - Black Canyon City, Arizona

Along the trail are camping areas which are limited to 14 days in duration. There are also local facilities for camping near the area as well as RV parks. Located in Black Canyon City is the Black Canyon City KOA located at 19600 St. Joseph Rd, , and located in Bumble Bee, the Bumble Bee Ranch located at 23925 S. Bumble Bee Ranch Road,


Chad Chaney

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