Our Mission

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.

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We invite you to these 2nd annual events at the Black Canyon Heritage Park (33955 S. Old Black Canyon Highway, Black Canyon City, Arizona). Enjoy and learn more about our community and regional cultural, historical, recreational, and environmental stewardship. 

Thanks to our Sponsors: 

Karen Fann, AZ Senator District 1 

Will Wing, Infinity: Land Surveying LLC

Jon Talbot, Author (Donated 9 autographed books to be sold at event)

You could be a sponsor too!!  Check out the link above for details. 

  • 2nd Annual Cañon Arizona History BookFest - Exhibitor Form
    Saturday, December 2, 2017 (1:00 to 4:00 PM). Hosted by the Black Canyon Historical Society and sponsored by Guidon Books. Our event offers history buffs, authors, potential authors, and supporting experts a chance to interact with authors, illustrators and other experts of Arizona History to explore how to become part of the Arizona History Book world.  There will also be tours of the Old Cañon School Museum and Heritage Park.

    Exhibitors (and speakers as noted): 
    - Guidon Books - Shelly Dudley (Prime Endorser for Event)
    - Bob Nilles -
    Host located in the  Cañon Museum in the Park
    - Marcy Miller - New River
    - Jerry Cannon and Patricia Moore
    - Arizona's Historic Bridges.  Speaking at Nora Jeans Koffee Kitchen (across from Park) 1PM to 3:30 PM
    - Michael Sandford - Rock Springs author and TV personality
    Robert Kittle - Franciscan Frontiersmen: How Three Adventures Charted the West.  Speaking in the Old Canon School (inside the Park)
    Phyllis Ralley - Childrens Books about a dog who came to Arizona from England
    - John Bueker - Legend City
    - Joseph Medina 
    - H. Alan Day (& Lynn Sneyd, LWS Literary Services) -
    Cowboy Up!  Life Lessons on the Lazy B.  Speaking at location outdoors in the Park 
    - Barbara Gronenmann - Hohokam Arts and Crafts
    Friends of Agua Fria National Monument - Cultural Committee
    - Black Canyon City Community Library Central Library
    - Kiwanis Club of New River
    - Arizona State Parks - passing out FREE state parks passes
    - Arizona Duuude - Black Canyon City Ambassador
    - Daisy Mountain Fire Department
    - Kona Ice
    (portion of sales goes to the museum)
    - Music by Jeff Paris - Acoustic Guitar and Singer
    - Nora Jeans Koffee Kitchen

Thanks also to Jon Talton (Phoenix) for donating 9 autographed books to raise funds!! 

  • 2nd Annual WinterFest at Heritage Park - Exhibitor Application
    Saturday, January 27, 2018 (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM). This event offers curious participants of all ages and physical abilities a variety of discovery experiences to instill respect, responsibility, and stewardship for the surrounding area’s outstanding cultural, historical, recreational, and environmental offerings. We will have a combination of food, crafts, informational booths, and activities that will appeal to people of all backgrounds and ages.  

    Exhibitors include: 
    - Bureau of Land Management - Agua Fria National Monument
    - US Forest Service - Tonto National Forest - Cave Creek Ranger District - with Smokey the Bear
    - Friends of Agua Fria National Monument
    - Desert Foothills Land Trust
    - Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary
    - Desert Awareness Committee
    - Audubon Arizona
    - Sierra Club - Saguaro Group of the Grand Canyon Chapter
    - Arizona State Parks - passing out FREE state parks passes
    - Black Canyon City Community Library Central Library
    - Kiwanis Club of New River
    - Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
    - Phoenix Herpetological Society
    - Jardinière Bath and Body
    - Rickey Huggler and Terri Shelley (crafts)
    - Arizona Duuude - Black Canyon City Ambassador
    - Daisy Mountain Fire Deparment (with truck)
    - Nora Jeans Koffee Kitchen
    - Kona Ice

Who We Are

IMG 1380 tom Kenson 2016 3 15Black 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.

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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.