Gateway To The Copper Corridor


2019 Summer Gateway, Visitors Guide.

Black Hills Country Byway road trip

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. It’s the

perfect place for an off road


Along the Byway are

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.

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 and remember the

mountain courtesy that gives

uphill traffic the right of way.

The trip is a slow scenic

one so be prepared for at least

two hours driving time one

way, not including stops.

Remember to pack enough

supplies for you trip such as

gas and water, because no

services are provided along

the byway.

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.

From Safford,

take Hwy 70

EAST to Hwy 191

NORTH (Past Solomon).

There will

be a turnoff for

“Black Hills Back

County Byway”

For more information contact

Bureau of Land Management

Safford Field Office

711 14th Ave Safford Az,


or call 928-348-4400 .

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