Black Canyon Heritage Park (BCHP) provides visitors with a variety of experiences to arouse curiosity and to instill a sense of discovery and stewardship for the area's outstanding cultural, historical, recreational, and environmental riches.
We prescribe healthy activities for fun and education that will help all our visitors reap the incredible physical, psychological and spiritual benefits of outdoor activities. We particularly want to engage our youth to set them on the path of being stewardships of our community and environment.
Who We Are
Black Canyon Heritage Park provides visitors with a chance to experience nature and culture in a friendly, nurturing environment. The thirty acre Park is located in the heart of Black Canyon City, AZ. It is designed for conservation and restoration. With the Chamber of Commerce located in the Welcome Center, it is also the Gateway to many fun, educational, recreational and historical areas of the region.
The Friends of the Agua Fria National Monument have an office and role at the Park to introduce you to the Monument and all of its discoveries. These discoveries include a rich biological, cultural, and history of the early Arizonans and Native Americans to the area.
The park is also home to Black Canyon City's own Historical Society housed in the Historic 1926 Schoolhouse and Museum.
Efforts at the Park involve removing invasive species from the Agua Fria River Corridor and restoring riparian habitat for a variety of wildlife species. Whether it's going back into history, biking, hiking, vacationing, learning about areas riparian ecosystem, or just taking a break from the road, Heritage Park can help you learn more about our area and guide you to your next destination.
Park Activities that Support Our Mission:
- Restore desert riparian areas and wildlife habitats.
- Educate visitors about the area's historical, cultural, recreational, and natural resources.
- Create native fish habitat and watchable wildlife opportunities.
- Increase awareness about natural resource agencies and partners.
- Maintain native flora and fauna.
- Promote water and energy conservation.
- Provide interpretive trails, Museum, Visitor Center, ramadas, and an amphitheater.
- Link visitors to the surrounding public lands (e.g. Agua Fria National Monument and Black Canyon National Recreation Trail)