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Black Canyon Dam Canal Road

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28.9 Miles 46.5 Kilometers


593' 181 m


-534' -163 m



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2,744' 836 m


2,453' 748 m


Shared By Joseph States


All Clear 79 days ago
Dry - Drove all the way there from Meridian yesterday, just to find out that the trail shown on map for riding, is now closed for public use. Couple of "NO TRESPASSING" signs posted on the road where you make the first left turn coming from old dam rd and where you cross the railroad tracks. It has a gate and a sign which says for IRR use only and that violators will be prosecuted. Not sure if this is new or something that has been there for a while now. Can't really be certain if people on bikes are ok to pass and ride...not worth risking it. Also noted barbed wire fencing along the trail/ road to prevent accessing it on a different spot besides gate. Maybe this trail is not accessible anymore or needs to be updated with new access points. History

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Year-round smooth riding with views of the Emmett Valley

Joseph States

Dogs Leashed

Features -none-

Family Friendly Enough room for the whole family to ride side by side on most of it. Easy, compacted sand surfaces and mostly flat terrain make this a great route for the whole family.

Absolutely No Swimming!
There is some light traffic, and the road can be muddy in wet weather. There are several private roads and driveways that cross over, Please respect all posted signs regarding any side trips.


The concrete dam just above the trailhead was originally completed in 1924. It's 183 feet tall, and 1902 feet wide at its crest. As part of the project, the Black Canyon Dam Canal was created to route water to most of Gem County. For almost a century, locals have enjoyed walking, riding and driving the banks of the canal using the Black Canyon Canal Road while taking in the views of the valley as it sprawls out for miles and miles.

Like the Pearl Road trail, this offers excellent winter riding and early AM summer rides spanning from the Black Canyon Dam all the way to Sand Hollow. You'll be mesmerized by the engineering that went into the tunnels and siphons along the way. At one point the road climbs up over the hill as the water goes under, providing for a great little climb and some downhill. Not to worry, if you want to stay on the flat, you can take the access road out and around like most users do.

Although the traffic is usually light and slow moving, the road surface is well maintained and very smooth with only a few seasonal mud holes here and there. You can park at any one of the dozens of roads that intersect the trail or park right on the trail as the road is wide and has many parking areas along it.

The trail turns into Cassia at the end but only because it lined up with another Cassia road and was renamed for future connection in the next 200 years or so. It is included in this trail as it was historically part of this road.


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