Indian Fort

Black Canyon City, Arizona ( County)
Last Updated: 10/15/2017
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 1-3
Length: 1.05 miles
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
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Highlight: Indian Fort

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:


Route Information

Technical Rating: (1-3)

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.

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The Indian Fort trail is a very scenic trail which would be a nice addition to a day of wheeling in the Table Mesa Recreation Area. The trail is short and easy with a short rocky uphill ascent leading to the Indian Fort which may require 4 lo, depending on road conditions. The trail leaves Azco Mine Road on 9984 headed South with a nice view of the Agua Fria River. The trail intersects with 9985 headed North for the 2nd half of this loop trail.
The Agua Fria River can rise quickly in the monsoon season (June to Aug) or during February and early March depending on summer snowfall. The Agua Fria River can rise to 4 feet deep. Please take caution that you are not trapped on the west side of the river during these times.

Seasonal Information

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.


1. Trailhead

The trailhead is accessed by turning South from 9999 onto 9984. The carsonite sign at the trailhead marks the start of 9984.

2. Left At Y

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.

3. Right at 9995

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.

4. 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.

5. Right at Y

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.

6. Left At T

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.

7. End

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.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.019915, -112.179259
The Indian Fort trailhead can accessed by traveling North on I17 from Phoenix approximately 8.4 miles North of Anthem, Arizona to exit 236. Turn West at the top of the overpass, then North onto the frontage road/Azco Mine Road (9999). Continue on 9999 until the intersection with Little Pan Mine Road (9998), turn West. Continue North West on 9998 past the Little Pan Staging and Camping area, to the intersection with Azco Mine Road (9999), turn North. Follow 9999 North West to the trailhead. Turn South on 9984 to start the trail.


There are no camping opportunities on this trail. Designated camping is available at the Little Pan Staging and Camping Area. Camping arrangements can also be made in Anthem, Arizona and Black Canyon City, Arizona.

Land Use 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.

Writer Information

Chad Chaney

Mapping Crew - Arizona
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Hello, I'm Chad. I have spent most of my life in Arizona although I'm from Mountain Home, Idaho. I started off roading when I was 17 years old initially because I wanted to get to the camping spots most couldn't get to. These days I am an avid off roader who loves all aspects of offroading, the President of Copperstate 4 Wheelers, a Tread Lightly Trainer, and certified off road instructor with the International 4 Wheel Drive Trainers Association (I4WDTA). My favorite trail is The Rubicon Trail. The El Dorado National Forest is beautiful and so is The Rubicon Trail. In 2014, I was lucky enough to take my 7 year old son and my dad on the trail with me. I am very excited to be a part of this group and can't wait to get to work running some of the beautiful trails we have here in Arizona.


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Trail Reviews (1)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
For our last spot of the day, our group decided to visit the Indian Fort. This is not a tough trail at all and it is very short. In fact, you only need 4 Lo in one spot. The view from the Indian Fort is awesome. Please do not disturb anything when you visit the Indian Fort. Looking at the fort and imagining the effort taken to stack these rocks is amazing.