Black Canyon Road

Heber-Overgaard, Arizona (Coconino County)

Last Updated: 07/07/2021
3 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Highlight: Black Canyon Road
Black Canyon Road is a very easy trail and a delightful way to spend an afternoon exploring the Mogollon Rim and learning about the history of the area. The trail begins at Black Canyon Lake, a picturesque mountain lake that is much less crowded than the nearby and popular Woods Canyon Lake. Only a 1 mile hike off of the trail allows you to hike to the gravesite of three cowboys who were lynched and hung from a ponderosa tree nearby, unfortunate victims of the Pleasant Valley War between feuding ranchers. Further down the road there are pullouts for old homesteads, indian ruins and ancient petroglyphs. The trail offers numerous historical markers with descriptions and is a great day trip for a family with young children.


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1. Black Canyon Trailhead (0 mi)
After turning off Highway 260 heading south there is a large area on the right for pulling off to air down and prepare for the trail. Signs on the highway mark the turn off to Black Canyon Lake. very large and popular camping areas begin shortly ahead.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Payson, Arizona

Coming from Payson in the west, follow Highway 260 for 38 miles east climbing up the Mogollon Rim to FR 300 - the turn off for Black Canyon Lake. Turn right heading south to begin the trail. Alternatively, coming west from the intersection of Highway 260 and 277 in Heber-Overgaard, follow Highway 260 west for 14.6 miles to FR 300 and the turn off for Black Canyon Lake.



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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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