The 70,900-acre Agua Fria National Monument is located approximately 40 miles north of downtown Phoenix and is on the doorstep of the communities of Black Canyon City and Cordes Junction. The area is marked by a high semi-desert mesa, shaped by volcanic processes and the Agua Fria River.
The Monument was set aside by Presidential Proclamation in January 2000 by President Bill Clinton to protect its extensive and important cultural resources. See the Proclamation from this important day.
The Agua Fria National Monument is a beautiful place to visit, but we also ask visitors to stay safe while visiting the monument. Protecting yourself from dehydration and temperatures, firearm safety and respecting archeological sites are among the most important safety guidelines.
Activity guide for Agua Fria National Monument.