Blackhawk Trail System
Submitted by members of the Back Country Horsemen of Utah

Disclaimer: The following trail description was kindly submitted by BCHU horsemen. Use this information at your own risk. As with all horse related activities, trail riding is a sport with a considerable amount of inherent danger and risk. No guarantee is either stated or implied that you will find any of the information listed below to be accurate.

Name of trail: Blackhawk Trail System
Name of trailhead: Blackhawk
Property manager & Maps: U.S. Forest Service, 400 N 100 W, Spanish
Fork, Utah 84062 (801.798.3571)

Blackhawk Campground
Camping restrictions: Reservations required through
(Web site) or 1.877.444.6777 -- Loop E only

How easy is this trail: Various trails - easy to difficult

Dirt, some rocks, some bogs (spring). Maps can
be obtained from the concessionaire or the Forest
Service office in Spanish Fork.


Water, 18 camp spots with tie rails, 2 group sites,
toilet facilities, fee area

Obstacles: None
Animals need to be: Fair condition for short rides: Good condition for longer rides

Hazards: Blackhawk is used as an overflow for Payson Lakes

Normal ranges of comfort: May through September - elevation - 8000 feet

Current level of use:

High use on weekends - reservations are a good
idea. Bikers, hikers, Llamas, and other uses

Restrictions: Weed free hay: Clean up after the horses

The directions to Blackhawk are to follow I-15 south to Payson. Take the Payson City off ramp, exit 254, and turn left through Payson. Turn left at the first light in downtown Payson. Follow north to Peteetneet St. This is the Nebo Loop Road. Follow this scenic byway up to and past Payson Lakes and continue to the Blackhawk Forest Service sign (about 14 miles) and turn left to the camp. The Nebo Loop Road can also be accessed from Nephi.

Remember always to use your best judgement. Always take a moment to consider the suitability the weather, trail conditions, your horsemanship skills, the skill of those in your party, and perhaps most important...the physical and mental condition of your horses before each trip.

Safe Trails !!!

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