Black Hills Back Country Byway

Clifton, Arizona

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A 21-mile Type II byway through the scenic Black Hills in the northern Peloncillo Mountains. Southeastern Arizona is a dry landscape dominated by abrupt mountain ranges that tower over broad, dusty basins. The 21-mile-long Black Hills Back Country Byway traverses the humped Black Hills, the northernmost part of the Peloncillo Mountains. This long range, extending from the Mexican border in the south to the Gila River just north of the Black Hills, was formed by volcanism over the last twenty million years. The byway offers spectacular views, historic sites, wildlife, rock-hounding, and backcountry hiking. Special Attractions: Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area, Gila River, Old Safford Bridge, Black Hills, Black Hills Rockhound Area, hiking, scenic views, picnic area, wildlife. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Black Hills Back Country Byway Professional Review and Guide

"A 21-mile Type II byway through the scenic Black Hills in the northern Peloncillo Mountains. Southeastern Arizona is a dry landscape dominated by abrupt mountain ranges that tower over broad, dusty basins. The 21-mile-long Black Hills Back Country Byway traverses the humped Black Hills, the northernmost part of the Peloncillo Mountains. This long range, extending from the Mexican border in the south to the Gila River just north of the Black Hills, was formed by volcanism over the last twenty million years.

The byway offers spectacular views, historic sites, wildlife, rock-hounding, and backcountry hiking. Special Attractions: Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area, Gila River, Old Safford Bridge, Black Hills, Black Hills Rockhound Area, hiking, scenic views, picnic area, wildlife. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Clifton
Distance: 21
Season: Year-round, although maybe impassable after heavy rain, especially in summer
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Hills Back Country Byway

Recent Trail Reviews

12/12/2002
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Spring and fall are the best times to experience the Black Hills Back Country Byway. In the spring the hill sides are spotted with yellows and purple and the desert takes on a special hue of orange at sunrize. The road is graded and relatively flat with plenty of turnoffs of historic and scenic value. A great route for bicycles and vehicles. Take plenty of water and snacks. Perfect for drop-offs and pick-ups after a 21 mile ride or hike.



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May 2018