Looking for a great trail near Black Canyon City, Arizona? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cave Creek Regin Outstanding Natural Area, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 6 easy trails in Black Canyon City ranging from 0.7 to 29.8 miles and from 2,089 to 7,011 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Our 4 day Sedona, flagstaff, page, lake Powell, Utah road-trip!

hiking
rocky
washed out
21 days ago

Hiked some of it to check it out for winter... its definitely a 4x4 trail. use gps easy to get off trail. Nice and quiet.

My wife and I loved this hike. We travel a lot between Prescott and Phoenix, Az checking trails out. I have my beagle puppy with me, so we not only pack for him, we watch the ground on a new hike for cactus pieces. Most have your average, and in 30 hikes he has only stepped on one. While walking the blue markers on this trail, even with my wife and I carefully watching and removing all we found, he still stepped on quite a few. So for dogs we suggest doggy shoes or sneakers for this trail. otherwise it is just a really cool trail that has different trees and such marked so you learn what kind they are.

Trip over the mountains was fun. Narrow trail & semi-blind curves require you to be aware. Beautiful country.

no shade
2 months ago

Fun little hike. Very relaxing plus is near Rock Springs Cafe so yummy food afterward is a plus.

off road driving
3 months ago

Overgrown in some areas by the creek. Water was not deep but fun to drive around in.

off road driving
3 months ago

Excellent trail 3/4 of the way it’s washed out. I got stuck in a river bed but that was my own fault. Oopsies

Rode horseback from Orme road to Hwy 169. Easy 2 track road with some awesome views. 13 miles

horseback riding
4 months ago

This northern end of the Black Canyon trail goes from Orme road to Hwy 169. It follows two track roads and is lightly used. For the most part the trail is well marked and easy to follow. There is seasonal water at Osborne springs and Cenga creek. parking on both ends is ample for large trailers.

Great trail lots of parking great for kids

hiking
4 months ago

Careful! If Big Bug is flowing, you have to go across the creek.

I had hiked on the south portion on this trail, but my first time from the trailhead in Rock Springs. I would rate difficulty as easy-to-moderate. Gentle inclines and declines take you down to the banks of the Agua Fria River, which is a about 1 1/2 miles from the trailhead. Beautiful views as you approach the river. The river was 2 - 3 feet deep so no way was I going wade across it to hike with soaked shoes. Maybe later in the summer it will dry up and be easier to cross.

off road driving
4 months ago

love this trail, found and seen some amazing things. father up to prescott drove through allot of snow, was slick on some spots but drivable amazing scenery.

horseback riding
4 months ago

The Black Canyon trail is well maintained and marked by carins to the river. After that it is lightly visible due to intersecting cattle tracts but you can still follow it all the way to Orme road. There are beautiful views and changing topography. Wish I knew the history of the stone house ath the windmill.

Profuse wildflowers along a forest road. Great views.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

took Cave Creek rd in and went down to Sheeps Bridge. Came out thru Bloody Basin rd to I-17. It was late evening when we started and dark by the time we got out to I-17. Good trip and decent roads.

Nice scenic hike with plenty of beautiful cactus to enjoy!

Great hike with views of mountains and scenery

Just rode the newest section from Spring Valley to hwy 169. Markers along two track is what most of the trail consists of. Beautiful views.

I have ridden every leg of this trail. From New River road to Rock Springs. From Rock springs to Bumblebee. Bumblebee to Spring Valley trailhead. From Spring Valley to Orme Road And the newest part from Orme road to Highway 169. The most northern leg is not well marked but the rest of the trail is perfect!

off road driving
6 months ago

Good road to Crown King. Most cars will have no problem with the road. If you want to go north from Crown King to Prescott you’ll need a 4x4. Great scenery on the trail and stopped at a few spots. Good easy drive if you do an out and back trip. Watch for bikes and ATVs.

off road driving
muddy
6 months ago

Very muddy and slippery. Be careful turning some corners, you’ll wash out.

If it were farther off the highway at Rock Springs it would be a 5.

hiking
6 months ago

This is the first review I have ever left on anything...I have been backpacking since I was a child and I now have kids of my own that I love to share this experience with. I took my 9 year old son on an overnight trip on this trail. The creek canyon is gorgeous. There are some cow’s around since it’s a water source and the majority of land out there falls into cattle lease lands. The cows were not a problem or distraction in any way. I was totally disgusted and upset by what happened after I reached the Verde to set up camp. Multiple quads and side by sides (probably 10-12 people) came down the canyon and brought a huge load of supplies to have a 4 hour party at the same place we were camping. They played loud music, were doing lots of drinking and yelling. On their way out just before sunset they peeled out right next to me and my sons tent covering us with dust. Once they were gone, I inspected their area and found trash that they had left there. On the way out the next day I got to see a trail of their beer cans along the trail. I had limited space in my backpack but managed to pick up after these people. I was very discouraged and sad that my son had to experience that. They should close that area to all motorized vehicles. The wilderness is not meant for this!

We hiked just to the Agua Fria River. Beautiful scenery. No shade till the river. My 9 year old granddaughter kept up with us. Next time I’ll venture passed the river.

hiking
muddy
washed out
6 months ago

I’m sure this is a lovely spot if you can make it there. The road in there is a 37 MILE LONG dirt road. Great, so it’s gonna take forever. You will need a 4-wheel drive if you going to make it more than 20 miles when the very hard, packed, rocky dirt road suddenly turns into muddy sludge so thick that a normal car, high clearance or not, absolutely can’t make it through and then you have to be rescued by hot cowboys and turn around and end a wasted day. So the moral of the story is don’t go after it’s rained and you probably need a 4x4 just to be safe.

off road driving
snow
7 months ago

A classic Arizona drive! If you have any interest in off-road driving, this should be one you check off your list right away. It's a relatively tame drive for much of it, although it gets a LOT rougher east of the intersection with Seven Springs Road (i.e., from there to the Sheep Bridge). A high-clearance 4x4 is always recommended, but realistically the portions closer to the I-17 are relatively tame and you shouldn't be afraid to check them out even if you're driving something a little less rugged. There's an abandoned cabin, Native American ruins, and plenty of incredible views out here. Lots to explore. Videos from this trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX6PUWUwg1U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xdblaOMYEw

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