Black Canyon Trail

Heber, Arizona

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The Black Canyon region encompasses much in the way of historical interest: Indian pictographs, early settlements, and a violent chapter of the Pleasant Valley Wars. Throw in an easy, graded trail, a plethora of backcountry campsites, and a secluded lake for trout fishing and there is truly something for everyone. The Black Canyon Trail leaves Arizona 260 near Forest Lakes and initially follows FR 300, the continuation of The Mogollon Rim Road, and a section of the General Crook Trail. Passing by the Black Canyon Rim Campground, the trail follows the dirt road through ponderosa pine forests along Black Canyon. Special Attractions: Black Canyon Lake; Graves of three men from the Pleasant Valley Wars and of early settlers; Polimana Indian Pictographs and Black Canyon Rock Shelter. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).

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"The Black Canyon region encompasses much in the way of historical interest: Indian pictographs, early settlements, and a violent chapter of the Pleasant Valley Wars. Throw in an easy, graded trail, a plethora of backcountry campsites, and a secluded lake for trout fishing and there is truly something for everyone.

The Black Canyon Trail leaves Arizona 260 near Forest Lakes and initially follows FR 300, the continuation of The Mogollon Rim Road, and a section of the General Crook Trail. Passing by the Black Canyon Rim Campground, the trail follows the dirt road through ponderosa pine forests along Black Canyon. Special Attractions: Black Canyon Lake; Graves of three men from the Pleasant Valley Wars and of early settlers; Polimana Indian Pictographs and Black Canyon Rock Shelter. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Heber
Distance: 16.8
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: April to October
Trailhead Elevation: 6,600 feet
Top Elevation: 7,600 feet
Local Contacts: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
Local Maps: USGS O W Point, Brookbank Point, Hanks Draw, Heber, Show Low; BLM Show Low; USFS Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Heber Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Canyon Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/1/1999
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It sounds like they've graded the road since my last trip. It was much rougher back then, which was great. It was challenging in places and took a while to get to a pristine place in tall pines with meadows where camp was ideal. The prize was lush camping with existing fire-pits, under looming pines with an open view to the stars in the middle of the meadow as well. Each camp site is pretty secluded from the next as each one requires 4 wheel access, so other than the possibility of people traipsing through the woods to peek at the neighbors, we had a lot of privacy. It was a small drive to Black Canyon Lake which was a disappointment because it was only for fishing. There was no playing allowed or speaking for that matter, and honestly, the water was dingy and I wouldn't recommend eating fish from it. All in all, spending 4 days out there was absolutely worth it.



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May 2018