The Black Canyon trail follows a route used since the times of pre-historic Native American travelers and traders. Riders are constantly rewarded with breathtaking scenic vistas and glimpses of the varied historical activities that have echoed through these hills. The Department of the Interior officially established the route as a livestock driveway in 1919, when it was used by woolgrowers from the Phoenix area to herd sheep to and from their summer ranges in the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountains. Many segments of the trail roughly parallel the old Black Canyon stagecoach road between Phoenix and Prescott. At present, 13.3 miles of this trail between the Emery Henderson Trailhead and Table Mesa Road, provide a pleasant route to follow.