Black Canyon Road & Cedar Canyon Road

Top Attractions

A hiker in the narrow Banshee Canyon at Hole-in-the-Wall climbs the rings trail using the metal circle rings bolted into the canyon wall.
Test you skills on the Rings Trail located inside Banshee Canyon at Hole-in-the-Wall.

Barbra Michel, NPS.

The Rings Trail

Wayside exhibits, pit toilet, picnic area.
The Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center and bathrooms will reopen at a later date.

Come and hike one our most popular trails! Test your abilities on the Rings Trial as you navigate Banshee Canyon!

The Hole-in-the-Wall Visitor Center is the gateway to the Rings Trial!

From the intersection of Kelso Cima Road and Cedar Canyon Road:
It will take you 35 minutes to travel 16 miles over dirt roads. The road is passable to 2WD, although we advise using the paved roads whenever possible.

From Interstate 40:
It will take you 25 minutes to travel 20 miles on paved roads. First, drive 10 miles and 10 minutes north on Essex Road. Next, turn right at the intersection with Black Canyon Road and drive an additional 10 miles and 15 minutes.

photo of Rock Springs
For early travelers, historic Rock Spring provided water, but few other comforts.

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Rock Spring Loop Trail

Wayside exhibits, pit toilet, picnic area.

This one mile loop trail starts at Bert Smith's Rock House and passes by Rock Spring. Click here to for Basic Rock Springs Trail Information, which includes a trail map or click here for a Detailed Rock Springs Trail Guide . Rock Springs runs dry at times. Hikes and backpackers should not depened on this water source.

Wayside exhibits at Rock Springs describe how the Mojave Indians and the United States Army used Rock Springs.

Located on Cedar Canyon Road, 5 miles east of the intersection with Black Canyon Road (or 10 miles west of the intersection with Lanfair Road) a signed turn-off leads south to the trailhead and parking area.



Photo of hiker at Hole-in-the-Wall
Hikers enjoy a variety of challenges and experiences at Hole-in-the-Wall.

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Visitor Center, bookstore, campgrounds, picnic area, trailheads, restroom, water, and telephone.

Just north of the junction of Black Canyon and the south end of Wild Horse Canyon Roads, rhyolite cliffs riddled with holes and hollows are the backdrop for Hole-in-the-Wall.

Photo of camper at Mid Hills.
Campers enjoy cooler temperatures and shade at Mid Hills Campground.

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Mid Hills

Campground, trailhead, vault toilets, water. Not recommended for RVs. No Water.

The Mid Hills supports a pinyon-juniper woodland habitat. The effects of the Hackberry Fire that swept through the area in June 2005 are still evident, although campsites in the back half of the campground still contain shady stands of pinyon pine and juniper.

Mid Hills Campground is located about 2 miles west of Black Canyon Road at the north end of Wild Horse Canyon Road.

Last updated: May 7, 2021

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2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311


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