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Black Hills Box Canyon

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alt Names

Box Canyon, Rincon Road, The Box, Wickenburg Mountains, Constellation Road, Black Hills, Hassayampa River, Rincon Rd., Wickenburg Box Canyon, Fools Canyon, King Solomon Gulch, Blue Tank Wash

Last Known StatusOpen

If you are looking for an alternative to the Florence box canyon you can check out this place near Wickenburg. It is more "untamed" than Florence and it will test you on every type of terrain from desert single track to deep water crossings and steep rocky climbs.

Some of the trails cross the Hasayampa River at different points. The river flows most of the year and is usually very shallow and narrow but during some seasons it can get particularly wide and deep making it difficult to cross (see photos). It has a bottom of soft sand that will quickly capture you if you don’t keep some momentum.

There are also several side trails that lead to some mines and small canyons but they are easy to miss so keep your eyes open. There are some spectacular looking rock canyons to explore and although most of these trails dead end after a short distance, some of the routes have short but truly expert-only rock climbs.

If staging from the south entrance follow the trail along the river bank upstream for about 1.5 miles and you will see a primitive campsite on the west bank with a private "beach" shaded by large trees. This place is called "The Box" and it's got a unique tropical and sort of spooky feel to it with a narrow rock canyon/cave in the back.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityWickenburg, AZ
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From: Wickenburg, AZ
For the Southern Staging Area:
1) Take Hwy 60 to Hwy 89/93 junction
2) Turn north on Hwy 89/93, continue 1.8 miles
3) Turn right on Rincon Road, continue 2.9 miles
4) Paved road will end, cross over shallow stream crossing (seasonal), continue .5 miles
5) Veer right and look for large level open area, stage here.

For the Northern Staging Area:
6) Veer left to stay on Rincon Road, continue about 5 miles
7) Look for large flat area on the right, stage here.

For the Eastern Staging Area:
1) Take Hwy 60 east past Hwy 89/93 junction .4 miles
2) Turn left on El Recreo Drive, continue .9 miles (El Recreo Drive will turn into Constellation Road)
3) Constellation Park Campground will be on the left, turn and stage here.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandAZ State Trust Land

RATINGS

Prosfree, many water crossing
Constrails are not marked, no real motorcycle trails
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Summer/Fall
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation2100 to 2400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Someside trails
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis vacant land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis vacant land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis vacant land has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe vacant land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis vacant land has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis vacant land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
flash floods
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesAZGFD sticker required
AZ State Trust Land Recreation Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Cross CountrySome Areas
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingYes
Tent: $5.00
RV: $5.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Constellation Park Campground Fee

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid1-5 Miles (SW)Wickenburg Community Hospital (928) 684-5421
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (S)Chevron
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (S)Chevron
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (S)Chevron
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Desert Cypress RV Park (928) 684-2153
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Desert Cypress RV Park (928) 684-2153
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SE)Constellation Park Campground
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (S)Chevron
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (SE)Lake Pleasant Regional Park (928) 501-1710
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site Hassayampa River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (SE)Lake Pleasant Regional Park (928) 501-1710

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoArizona State Trust Land
1616 West Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 542-4631
inquiry@land.az.gov
land.az.gov
Contact InfoArizona Game & Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000
(602) 942-3000
www.azgfd.gov
CommentOHV Decal Info

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

There are a number of shallow canyons like this, but most are dead ends.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

There are short challenging rock climbs, with deep sand on the approach, making it difficult to get any speed.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike crossing the water at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

You'll have to cross the river multiple times (seasonal).  The bottom is smooth, but very soft.  It's easy to get stuck.

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Honda CRF Motorbike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Talk about a tight fit!

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

The most surprising thing about this area is the wide variety of terrain you will find.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle traversing the water at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Sand and rocks is what you will find here.

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

This sand play pit is just one of many fun areas to check out.

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

This canyon was a dead end, but still worth seeing.

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

The canyons have beautiful earthy colors. The occasional scrub brush and saguaro cactus call this place home.

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Honda CRF Dirtbike crossing the water at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

This is the entrance to "The Box", which is a tall shallow canyon with a spooky looking primitive campsite.

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Girl on Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

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OHV at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Entrance to "The Box".  Its more of a cave than a trail.  You can't go very far.

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike crossing some water at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

A Honda CRF250x is hard to beat in tight woods single track but I had to pin it to get through the water here.  One bobble and it lost all momentum.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle traversing the water at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

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Scenery at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

This is a view from the hillside near the southern staging area.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

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A trail at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Like we said... very "untamed".  This is a brutal climb, much steep than the photo indicates.

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

The highlights of this place was the unique, colorful and very cool terrain.

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Some terrain at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

What made spots like this difficult was the soft sand at the base.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike in the water at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Most of the river crossings were fairly shallow.

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Honda CRF Dirtbike crossing the water at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

River crossings are fun!

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

The play are overlooks the Hassayampa River.

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

This is the northern staging area off Scenic Loop Road. There is plenty of space for all types of RVs and campers.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Scenery at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Rocks and sand.

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Since most of the terrain is sand, you have to be on the gas!

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

This was the turnaround point of "The Box". As you can see, its mostly a shallow and narrow canyon but is a popular place to camp.

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

The Hassayampa River flows by the entrance of "The Box". Very unique.

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

The trails eventually break out into smoother and flatter roads.

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Scenery from Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Another shot of the play area.

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

This is the southern staging area off Rincon Road.

Black Hills Box Canyon Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Black Hills Box Canyon Trail

This play area is located just east past "The Box".

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