Black Hills Back Country Byway

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The Black Hills Back Country Byway is unpaved, but is accessible to high clearance vehicles during dry weather.

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Bureau of Land Management
Safford Field Office
711 14th Ave
Safford, AZ 85546

(928)348-4400

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The Black Hills Back Country Byway is unpaved, but is accessible to high clearance vehicles during dry weather. Portions of the byway have narrow drop-offs or are confined by steep cliffs. Do not attempt the byway if you have a travel trailer or any vehicle more than 20 feet long. Motor homes and trailers can be left at parking areas provided near kiosks at each end. Please take extra care to drive defensively on this route. Always expect a vehicle around the next bend and remember: mountain courtesy gives uphill traffic the right of way. Allow at least two hours driving time one way to travel the byway, not including stops. Have enough gas, water, and other provisions for your trip since no services are provided along the byway.

The Black Hills Back Country Byway offers 21 miles of back country driving adventure through the northern end of the Peloncillo Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/az/pdfs.Par.78815.File.dat/blackhills_sites.pdf

Along the Byway are sweeping views of the Black Hills, Gila Mountains, Mount Graham, Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area, the Freeport McMoRan Mine at Morenci and more. Side trips off the Byway provide access to the Gila River and spectacular overlooks of the Gila River Canyon.

Canyon Overlook Picnic Area is located near milepost 17 along the 21-mile-long Black Hills National Back Country Byway and provides a scenic vista of the Gila River canyon and nearby mountain ranges, Ramadas, picnic tables and grills.

Directions: From Safford, take Hwy 70 EAST to Hwy 191 NORTH (Past Solomon). There will be a turnoff for "Black Hills Back County Byway"

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Camping

The following camping areas are available to the public in the Black Hills Back Country Byway.

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Canyon Overlook Picnic Area

Canyon Overlook Picnic Area provides a scenic vista of the Gila River canyon and nearby mountain ranges, Ramadas, picnic tables and grills.

Access: Located near milepost 17 along the 21-mile-long Black Hills National Back Country Byway

 

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Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area Photo by Ken Kertell

Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area

Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area is nearly 800 acres large and contains "Cluff Ponds"
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Dankworth Pond Photo by Monika Ragland

Dankworth Pond State Park

Dankworth Pond State Park is three miles south of Roper Lake.
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Four Mile Canyon

Fourmile Canyon

This campground is convenient to the Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness
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Hot Well Dunes

Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area

Come ride the dunes or soak in the hot springs
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Riggs Lake Photo by J. MacFarland

Pinaleño Mountains, Coronado National Forest

The Pinaleño Mountains are a remote mountain range in southeastern Arizona within the Coronado National forest.
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Riggs Flat Lake Photo by Monika Ragland

Riggs Flat Lake

Riggs Flat Lake is located at the end of Swift Trail, a road that winds along the top of the Pinaleño Mountains.
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Roper Lake Photo by Monika Ragland

Roper Lake State Park

Enjoy desert vegetation, an accessible fishing dock, stunning views of Mount Graham and natural hot springs.
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Stockton Pass, Coronado National Forest

Stockton Pass-Pinaleno Mountains, Coronado National Forest

Stockton Pass serves as a travel way over the Pinaleños into Sulphur Springs Valley.
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Turkey Creek Cliff Dwelling Photo by Chad Harris

Turkey Creek

Turkey Creek is a small riparian canyon that flows into Aravaipa and has cliff dwellings from 1300 A.D.
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