Secluded Cabin at Paul’s Ranch
Serene Black Jack Canyon Location
Arizona Highway 78, Clifton
This expedition follows many of the same paths used on the historic Outlaw Trail. This true wild west adventure will bring its travelers to an amazing insight of life on the ranchlands of the southwest -- lands renegade outlaws used to hide out in.
Charlie Moore Place is, as told by some, to be a frequently visited stop by many outlaws. Charlie Moore, an ally to traveling bandits and renegades, was famous for allowing these men to “hold-up” a spell at his ranch. He would tend the wounded and provide food and shelter for weary travelers and their mounts. It has also been mentioned that Charlie made his earnings off the gratitude of these guests as he could not compete with nearby ranches, like the WS Ranch, which were much larger then his own.
Corrals are located at Charlie Moore Place and a designated camp site is located just north called Stateline. This area is extremely difficult to travel after rainfall and trailers are not recommended during the wet seasons. County Road 008 ends at connection at the “Y” intersection with Charlie Moore Ranch Road (C 834) heading southwest to Charlie Moore Place.
(Southbound via US 180)
Cold Creek Guest Ranch
A Working Guest Experience
160372 AZ 78, Clifton
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Charlie Moore Trailhead (#307)Charlie Moore Mountain at Trails End
Junctions with trail #36. Accessed by traveling southwest past Charlie Moore Place on FR 104A, then southbound FR 8376.
Baseline Trailhead (#310)Baseline Corral at Blue River & Little Blue creek Confluence at Trails End
Junctions with trail #36, #333, #332 and ends at #101. Accessed by traveling west to roads end past Charlie Moore Place on FR 104A.
County Road 008 ends at connection with Charlie Moore Ranch Road (C 834) heading more southwest at the intersection and FR 711 heads northwest to roads end. Park and hike or horseback ride into Stateline Camp located after Stateline and Alma Trailheads.
Stateline Trailhead (#618)Day Hike Loop in Conjunction with Alma
Junction to Keller Trail #619 and Alma Trail #41
Alma Trailhead (#41)Bear Valley, Little Blue Creek and Bear Mountain
Junction to Stateline Trail #618, Cow Flat Trail #55 and trails end at
Largo Trail #51.
Stateline Camp is a site that offers corrals for horseback riding excursions
into thesouthern end of the Blue Range PA. No restroom facilities or other
Stateline Camp Trailhead (#555)Crosses Little Blue Creek & Dutch Blue
Creek, and Winter Cabin
Junction with trails #339, #620, #588 and #55 at trails end.
(Westbound on AZ 78 from Mule Creek, NM)
San Francisco River
by way of Martinez Ranch Road (FR 212) northbound off of AZ 78.
Bear Track Camp is a centrally located site for camping near many OHV/4WD roads within Rattlesnake Gap area. Nearby corrals are located just north of campground for those that prefer exploring this area by way of horseback. Tables and prepared fire rings have been placed for visitor’s convenience at this site as well as at Frisco Campground northbound on Martinez Ranch Road (FR 212). This is a “dry” campsite, no water or restroom facilities are available. Frisco Camp is the second site found while traveling Martinez Ranch Road (FR 212) north toward the river. Nestled next to the river, near the Martinez Ranch, this camp offers visitors excellent outdoor adventure opportunities. Explore Martinez Ranch where the Blue River meets the San Francisco River, all located west of this campsite. This is a “dry” campsite, no water or restroom facilities are available.
Back on Mule Creek Road (AZ 78)
Coal Creek Campground is a popular rest stop for travelers on AZ 78. Enjoyed for picnicking and free overnight camping under the large ponderosa pine and oak trees. Coal Creek flows nearby seasonally, creating year-round hiking opportunities through meadows of wildflower-covered grassy meadows.
Restroom facilities, picnic tables, prepared fire rings with camping sites for tents, trailers, and RV’s up to 16 foot (no RV hookups available). Conveniently located near the Arizona/New Mexico state line on AZ 78.
Where the Wild
Charlie Moore Place - Renegade Hideout
Traveling south on US 180, leave Alma, NM, westbound via C 017, then head northwest on C 008.
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Back on Mule Creek Road (AZ 78)
Black Jack Cave Overlook is a pull-off located
on the south side of AZ 78 as you descend off the Big Lue Mountains heading toward 3-Way and the US 191/AZ 75 junction. This overlook offers highway travelers a view of the “hideout” cave that outlaws like Black Jack Christian used as they evaded law
enforcement. Local tales of this cave having been used more for a holding place for the outlaw’s loot has enticed many “treasure hunters” to search for his leavings. The once small cave greatly increased the cave’s size by way of many excavation measures including explosives, which has removed the signs
foretelling people had once lived within this cave. The cave itself is located at the northeast end of Black Jack Canyon and can be accessed by hiking southwest along the highway to a nearby unmarked trail leading into the canyon below or from the southern end of Black Jack Campground located northeast of this overlook. Located near MP 165 of AZ 78.
Black Jack Canyon is named after the notorious outlaw William “Will” Christian (aka: Black Jack, Ed Williams, 202) was killed within this small canyon in 1897. After authorities learned Black Jack and his “High Fives” gang were back in the area, and many
train and stagecoach robberies in Arizona including nearby Clifton were frequently reported, a posse was organized. The outlaws that were killed during this shoot-out werehauled back to town atop a lumber wagon and their dead bodies were placed on display.
Arizona Bureau of Land Management/Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Boundary Line
Westbound on AZ 78 from Mule Creek, NM
Black Jack Campground Road (FR 507) is a nice large area for group camping with amenities including a large covered ramada and a pretty view at south end. Everyone can find something of interest during an overnight or extended stay here. Picnic or camp under the Ponderosa pine and oak trees for a cool summer getaway. Explore Maverick Hill, the rocky bluffs above Black Jack Canyon or the cave and canyon below. Wildlife viewing during your explorations can be enjoyed year-round and antelope are known to frequent this area. Motorcyclist can enjoy the curves of AZ 78 and the Coronado Trail (US 191) highways in conjunction with US 180 for a loop tour of the entire national forest areas scenic views and natural thrills. This campground has amenities including restroom facilities, grills, prepared fire rings and is accessible to trailers. Located about 10 miles west of the Arizona/New Mexico state lines on the east side of AZ 78.
Maverick Trailhead (#568)Day Hike to Maverick Hill
Heading north out of Black Jack Campground trail #568 U-turns to head south along White Mule Creek and then the ridge line to Maverick Hill.
Charlie Moore Ranch Road (C 834)