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Blacktail Canyon, AZ

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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 3.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,328 feet
Elevation Gain 1,970 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 10.27
Interest Historic & Seasonal Creek
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6  2014-10-31 BenTelly
Author BenTelly
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Trips 12 map ( 106 miles )
Age 38 Male Gender
Location Borderlands, AZ
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Note: Military Reservation

This remote, rarely traveled canyon stretches deep into the northern extent of the Huachucas. The narrow, rocky canyon provides excellent habitat for a diverse array of plants and animals.


Blacktail Canyon trail follows an abandoned two-track into the northern range of the Huachuca Mountains. Like many Huachuca trails it starts low at the mouth of the canyon and climbs steeply, eventually reaching the crest of the range. Numerous fire breaks, game trails, and possible migrant trails leave the main two-track at various points and signage is virtually non-existent. Blacktail Spring is located 2.7 miles from the trailhead at Canelo Rd and is reliable only during the monsoon season and perhaps a month or two following (September-October). The two-track trail reaches a T at the fence marking the western boundary of Fort Huachuca. Views open up to the west into the San Raphael Valley, Parker Canyon Lake, and the Canelo Hills. From this point a network of fire break roads branch out over the ridge tops to the southeast and northwest. Following a two-track fire break to the southeast of the west boundary fence (about .3 mile) leads to Blacktail Pond, perhaps more reliable than Blacktail Spring but not by much. It is advised that one keep good track of roads taken as many trails and two-tracks cut through this area.

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    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.

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    Blacktail Canyon is located on Fort Huachuca, a United States Military (Army) Installation. To gain entry to the Fort one needs to have a valid US civilian ID card (e.g. driver's license) which will be scanned upon entry. Non-U.S. citizens may not enter the military reservation without being accompanied by someone with military ID.

    From Sierra Vista take W Fry Blvd to the intersection of Buffalo Soldier Trail. Continue west to the Fort Huachuca main gate. After the checkpoint continue west on Squire Ave. Turn right on Winrow and take this road to the roundabout where you'll merge onto Smith Ave. Continue on Smith through the next roundabout. Look for Backer Rd and turn/merge right onto it. Backer Rd will merge with Canelo Rd. Continue on Canelo Rd for approximately 3.9 miles to Blacktail Canyon Rd, an unpaved road branching off south into the mountains. Park at the junction of Canleo Rd and Blacktail Canyon Rd, or drive another .25 - .5 mile south on Blacktail to a pullout. The road might be passable for a 4x4 with high clearance to the fork of Deer Spring Canyon and Blacktail, however heavy rains and lack of maintenance have taken a toll on road conditions and it is advised to park at the entrance of the canyon. All trail mileages begin at the Canelo Rd trailhead.
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