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Black Hills Catering Event Hall /Locally-sourcing Caterers
7109 Black Hills Backcountry Byway, Clifton (928) 961-0915
Black Hills Backcountry National Scenic Byway is locally known as the Old Safford Road. This adventurous route boasts spectacular vista views of the Gila and
San Francisco River Valleys. Along the Byway are many opportunities for camping, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking, hiking and access points for river floating. In season (after rains), the hills radiate gold with poppies. Accessed from “The Trail” US 191 at MP 160, the Byway is a maintained gravel road,
though a high-clearance
vehicle is recommended.
Guthrie Peak is one of many enjoyable hikes or horseback riding trails available to explore amongst the Black Hills recreation area. With an elevation of 6,571 feet, this peak is the area’s highpoint.
The Old CCC Camp near Black Hills Catering housed laborers who built many miles of rock berms to control erosion. Many campsites of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and their hard, necessary work
in the 1930’s can be found scattered all over Greenlee County.
The old jail housed prisoners in transit along the Old Safford Road.
Arizona’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) kiosks are an
informative source while traveling the Black Hills Byway.
National Conservation Area
Where the San Francisco River and Eagle Creek join the Gila River, within this 23,000 acre desert oasis, is one of the only two Riparian National Conservation Areas in the nation. Exploration of this area provides views of cliff dwellings, wildlife, historical buildings and Indian writings -- to name a few -- and quite possibly the three river area Geronimo spoke of when referencing his birthplace. Scenic drives can be enjoyed traveling this well-maintained Byway access road, along with many 4WD roads along the way. The perennial creeks, rivers and riparian vegetation of mesquite, cottonwoods, sycamores and willows make this a cool year-round desert oasis. Primitive camping in areas within the Gila Box RNCA is not permitted. Visit www.BLM.gov for up-to-date information. Access the Gila Box RNCA from 3-Way, heading north on US 191, by turning west on the Black Hills Byway.
Owl Creek Campground is a RV retreat atop a scenic bluff
overlooking the Joe Subia Bridge and the Gila River. Enjoy the comforts of
camp after a day of exploring the Gila Box RNCA. This developed, dry
(bring your own water) campground includes picnic tables, grills,
shaderamadas and restroom facilities. Fee required for use of each
one of theseven campsites available.
Joe Subia Bridge Gateway to the Gila Box RNCA includes the
Gila River Boat Launch -- the starting point for an easy-to-moderate
Gila River floating exploration adventure. Designated picnic sites are
equipped with all you need to enjoy the banks of the Gila River.
Floating the conservation area requires a BLM permit.
Gila Box Riparian