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Sunday, April 20, 2014

BLACK CANYON HERITAGE PARK


BLACK CANYON HERITAGE PARK
Black Canyon City

A sign at the park entry urges visitors to close the gate to “keep the cows out”. Here, in a valley between I17 and the Bradshaw Mountains, there may well be marauding bovines, however, Black Canyon Heritage Park is all about sheep, fish and preservation of a rare stream side ecosystem.
Spawned by a generous donation of land, community activism and the help of numerous grants including one from the National Park Service Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, this 25-acre park opened in November 2012.  Thus far, 23.5 acres of riparian desert along the Agua Fria River have been restored with constructed streams, lush vegetation and ponds stocked with native fish. Two barrier free loop trails wander among cattail coves, willow-cottonwood forests and a pine-shaded picnic area with interpretive signs detailing the area’s sheep herding heritage. Located just over a mile north of a major trailhead for the Black Canyon National Recreational Trail, this pretty little place makes for an interesting side trip or post hike lunch spot.


LENGTH: 0.8 mile
RATING: easy, barrier free
ELEVATION: 1915’ – 1945’
FEES: none, however donations can be made online
DOGS: not allowed
Red-winged blackbird
GETTING THERE: 33955 S. Old Black Canyon Highway, Black Canyon City.
From Phoenix, go north on I17 to exit 242 for Rock Springs/Black Canyon City. Go west (left) to Old Black Canyon Hwy. (Frontage road), turn right (toward BCC) and continue 1.2 miles to the park on the right just north of Schoolhouse Road.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Don't bother trying to go here. It's been locked tighter than a drum for over a month and they've banned dogs.