Black Hills Back Country Byway

Total Miles
21.2

Elevation

1679.51 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

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Trail Overview

The Black Hills Back Country Byway is an unpaved road that provides access to thousands of acres of BLM land. There are many areas to camp, hike, mountain bike, or explore side tracks via 4x4. The views are best if the route is traveled from north to south. When recently graded the route would earn a difficulty rating of 1. During the monsoon, there can be washouts or very slick mud. There are a couple of places where the route is only one vehicle wide but it's mostly wide enough for two. Look for desert bighorns near Clifton.

Difficulty

Easy

History

Originally built between 1915 and 1920 as a route from the agricultural lands around Safford, AZ to the mines around Clifton, AZ.

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

Accessed via US Highway 191 between Safford and Clifton, AZ. North entrance at mile 160, south at mile 139.