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.


Old Cañon School Museum

Old Cañon School Museum

Owned and operated by the Black Canyon Historical Society
(a 501(c)3 charitible organization) 

Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM dependent on volunteer availability. 

What to be a member?  What to be a volunteer?  Email Bob This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him at (623) 374-0332.

Would you like to hold your next meeting or small event outside? We have a great area with picnic tables and benches. We welcome agencies, organizations and individuals to see if we are the perfect place for their meeting. You can rent an area or the entire park.  For more infomation see:


Can you help?  Now that the basics of the Visitor Center and park's exterior are completed, we are ready to concentrate on the next level of park improvements plus on developing public exhibits and programming.  We are looking for volunteers and funding (grants or donations)to enable us to complete these projects:

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Park Improvement

Help us to make it easier to visit the Park by improving access to the Museum and the Visitor Center. The improvement will allow access to existing ADA parking and more spaces to accommodate increasing numbers of visitors.  Approximately 130 feet of fencing is needed including two vehicle gates and one pedestrian gate. 

Be a good steward, inspire curiosity and promote discovery, Your donations and support helps "link us all together."

Visitors come to learn about Heritage Park's features, Cañon Museum's historical treasures, and the Chamber of Commerce's regional travel destinations. 

 Cost will be approximately $4,500.            

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Wildlife Viewing Station

Help us provide wildlife-viewing opportunities such as an accessible observation deck.  This will enable Park visitors to safely observe our desert riparian ecosystem with native endangered fish and wildlife.

We'll be able to increase the enjoyment of visitors viewing the aquatic environment while maintaining a healthy stream bank and reducing trampling of vegetation. Water edge vegetation offers wildlife cover including nesting areas for birds. 

Cost will be approximately $40,000 (includes permits, materials, and labor).

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Training to Go!

Help us design and create a training kiosk, handouts, and activities that we can take to schools and other events. We can use the same riparian graphic that we have on the wall of our Visitor Center. In addition to the graphic, we would have programs, text and other graphics that related the riparian story of our area.

Cost will be approximately $10,000 for kiosk and training design and fabrication. 

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 Have It - Protect it!!

Help us protect the Park.  Just like home security systems, the main benefit of surveillance cameras at the Park would be to increase public safety and prevent property damage. Cameras can be used as a way to keep an eye out for any crimes that are being committed. Additionally, crimes can be deterred before they even begin in some cases. If something suspicious is seen in an area, the appropriate authorities can be contacted.

Cost will be approximately $15,000 (includes permits, materials, and labor).

We have these guidelines and rules for the park to protect our wildlife and plants and encourage respectful behavior.  For now "Pets are NOT allowed" largely due to the very few people who refused to abide by the park rule to keep pets on leash (which is also a county ordinance and state statute).  Our pond has endangered native fish and our native vegetation has nesting birds plus other wildlife. It is our mission to protect them. Loose pets that plunge into the pond or otherwise disturb the wildlife are a threat to that mission. We hope most people understand that ... or help us devise another solution.


  • Please be considerate of other visitors and local neighbors.

  • Do not alter any part of the property.

  • Pets are NOT allowed.

  • Stay on designated trail.
    • No person is allowed in stream.
    • No vehicles are allowed beyond the parking lot.

  • Help us keep the grounds clean.
    • All tables and benches used must be cleaned and wiped.
    • All trash must be placed in appropriate receptacles.
    • Cigarette butts are trash.  Please dispose of them properly.

  • Hunting, fishing, handling, harassing, or disturbing the wildlife is not permitted.
    • Do not feed the fish, birds, or other wildlife at any time. 
    • Do not throw rocks, or anything else, into the pond.

  • No overnight camping permitted unless approved by the Park Management.

  • Minors must be accompanied at a ratio of one adult to every 10 minors.

  • ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES are RESTRICTED unless consumed with FOOD and there is more food than alcohol present.

If you would like to make a reservation for a group event,
please contact the management at (623) 374-5282 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..