Overview: The Black Hills Back Country Byway, AKA the old Safford/Clifton Hwy, travels 21 miles (one way) through the northern end of the Peloncillo Mountains. The entire road is unpaved, but is accessible to high-clearance vehicles during dry weather. Allow at least 2 hours driving time one way to travel the byway, not including stops. An excellent "along the way" interpretive driving brochure can be picked up at the Safford Chamber of Commerce or can be printed off the BLM website.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
High Clearance possible when dry
To scenic drive From Safford, head east out of town along US 70. Merge northeast onto US 191 (towards Clifton/Morenci) and take for 8.2 miles to milepost 139. Turn left onto the Black Hills Back Country Byway.