|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||1915 feet|
|Duration:||About 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Loop|
|Best Direction to Travel:||South|
|Nearest Town:||Black Canyon City|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Black Canyon City|
|Official Road Name:||9984/9985|
|Management Agency:||Bureau of Land Mangement|
|District:||Hasayampa Field Office|
The Indian Fort trail is located in one of Arizona's jewels, the Table Mesa Recreation Area. There are many connecting trails in the area which could be done along with the Indian Fort trail to make a full day of exploring in the Arizona Desert. Some of those connecting trails can be easy and scenic to hardcore rock crawling. A Table Mesa Recreation Area route map can be found here: http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/az/pdfs/nepa/library/rec_mgmt_plans/table_mesa.Par.88496.File.dat/Table-Mesa-Route-Map.pdf
Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
|Summer:||During the summer months and during monsoon season, the Agua Fria River may rise quickly. Please take care.|
|Winter:||During February and early March when the winter snow begins to melt, the Agua Fria River could rise quickly. Please take care.|
The trailhead is accessed by turning South from 9999 onto 9984. The carsonite sign at the trailhead marks the start of 9984.
Shortly after starting the trail you come to a Y in the road. Continue straight, headed South. To the West/Right is the end of this loop. Watch for hikers as the Black Canyon Trail, a popular hiking trail follows this eastern part of 9984.
At this point of the trail, 9984 intersects 9985. The trail continues North/right at this intersection. If you look up to the North, you can just make out the South wall of the Indian Fort.
There is a small pullout to the West/left of the main trail for access to the Indian Fort. After a very short hike to the West, in the North wall of the Indian Fort you will find a staircase which provides access, with only a short scramble up. From inside the fort views of the Agua Fria River below and surrounding area make this a great place to take a picture.
The trail continues to the North on 9985 until a gradual bend in the road which could be confused with a Y in the road. The trail continues on the East/right.
This intersection nears the end of the trail. Here 9985 intersects with 9985, the beginning of this loop trail. Turn North/left to reach the end of the rail at 9999.
At the end of the trail is 9999. Connecting trails can be found by turning in either direction. Turning East/right will lead back to Table Mesa Road and the I-17.