Note: This is not a trailhead and the access road is not maintained beyond 43rdAve. Low clearance vehicles should not attempt the last fifteen hundred feet. This road is on Arizona State Land and an annual use permit is required to be on Arizona State Lands. It is highly recommended that a permit be obtained prior to entering Arizona State Lands. Permits may be obtained from the Arizona State Land Office in Phoenix at 602-364-2753, or from the Bureau of Land Management at 602-417-9300.
From I-17: With the Arizona State Land permit in possession, take exit 232, turn west on New River Road, drive approximately .1 mile to 42nd Ave (sign is on the right). You can park here if you wish, it is one mile to the trail, or drive part way. Vandalism is possible anywhere, so exercise judgment. Drive north on 42nd Ave, the road bends left, then continue straight for approximately .6 mile to the intersection, a gas pipeline easement. You should not drive further with a low clearance vehicle. Continue straight on the same road for .4 mile (rough and rutted) to the next intersection, where you must park your vehicle. The Black Canyon Trail is at the bottom of this short hill, to the right, and is non-motorized.
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