Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
2,013.00 ft (613.56 m)
Trail type
Shuttle
Distance
13.00 mi (20.92 km)
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BCT: Gloriana TH to Black Canyon City is a 13-mile point-to-point segment of the 80-mile Black Canyon Trail (BCT). This segment runs from the Gloriana Trailhead to the Black Rock City Trailhead. This is a non-motorized trail that is open to hikers, trail runners, backpackers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. 

The trail through this section continues south through a rolling Sonoran Desert landscape. The rocky terrain presents some challenges to mountain bikers and trail runners, but the tread is generally manageable for both. Local outdoor enthusiasts appreciate the scenic vistas and colorful, lush riparian zones that add a unique and special contrast to the otherwise dry desert. 

PERMITS

There are no permits or fees required to hike or bike this trail.

WEATHER AND SEASON

This desert trail features hot summers and little shade. In the winter the temperatures can drop below freezing at night, but during the day the averages are around 60-70 degrees making it the perfect winter getaway for anyone craving the sun while most of the country remains dark and cold. 

HISTORY

The BCT follows a route that was once used for Native American travelers and traders. In 2008 the trail received its National Recreation Trail designation. This designation came as the result of it’s  rugged nature, natural beauty, and historical significance. To learn more about the history of the trail and surrounding area please visit: History of the Black Canyon Trail

MORE INFORMATION

Black Canyon Trail Coalition: https://bctaz.org/

Bureau of Land Management: https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/mountainbike/blackcanyon.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall
Winter

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Riparian Zones. Scenic Vistas.

Cons

Rocky trail.

Trailhead Elevation

2,816.00 ft (858.32 m)

Highest point

2,826.00 ft (861.36 m)

Features

Wildlife
Historically significant
Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking

Permit required

No

Location

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