BLM Arizona – Black Canyon National Recreation Trail

BLM Arizona – Black Canyon National Recreation Trail


The Black Canyon National Recreation Trail is just north of Phoenix along the I-17 corridor. The trail is about 80 miles long and offers great recreation opportunities for hikers, bikers, & equestrians. Frankly most people fall into a middle of the road, intermediate experience and so it’s challenging but not overly challening and so a large part of the mountain bike community can enjoy it. Avid mountain bikers or semi-serious mountain bikers have their tick list right and Black Canyon has made it on that list. They want that experience, they want to come ride in the Saguaro Forests in the Sonoran Desert and that’s not an easy thinig to do, to actually get on the greatest hits list of mountain bikers and the Black Canyon Trail is definitely that. There are many hiking opportunities out here on the Black Canyon Trail, there’s multiple trailheads with easy access. It’s definitely something that everyone can get out there and enjoy. As far as running goes, the trail’s really, really, fun. There’s a lot of like turns and twists and you can really get a rythym going. There are sections of this trail that are wonderfully horse friendly and sometimes areas that are a little more risky for the more novice rider, but the majority of the Black Canyon Trail is very accepting to horses. Every time I come out on this trail, I get rebooted, I feel much more relaxed. Even though you’re close to civilization, you can lose yourself out there. You really kind of feel alone and just out there with your thoughts and that’s something I think is valuable to kind of get away from the hustle and bustle of life and the Black Canyon Trail offers that. The trails is a really special place, to me it means the opportunity for freedom, recreation and happiness, to get outdoors and really experience the desert and how beautiful it is. The BLM welcomes and invites locals and visitors to Phoenix to come out and the Black Canyon National Recreation Trail.

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