- Miles: 15.2
- High: 3,657’
- Singletrack: 80%
- Low: 2,989’
- Ascent: 778’
- Ave/Grade (4°): 2%
- Descent: -778’
- Max Grade (13°): 6%
“Easy trail for those that have some endurance.”
— Hillary Mathis on May 28, 2014
“Honeybee canyon is graced by impeccable desert beauty. There are over 20 miles of very, very welll manicured trails that intertwine with jeep trails. Honeybee Canyon is a great place to hard tail it. Full suspension mountain bikes are not necessary.”
TUCSON, Arizona – Mountain Biking – This is another close in, easy ride. It is relatively flat, some jeep trail, dirt road, asphalt, and single track. You will see petroglyphs, cattle, open range, windmills, and part of Rancho Vistoso. But if you want to make this an all-day epic, Honeybee/Rail X is just a small part of the entire Tortolita trail system.
There are two hard to find turns. The first comes on Rain X road where you will turn onto the jeep (single track). It is marked with a white Arizona Trust Lands sign (see map). The second is in a large wash as you head back toward Rancho Vistoso Blvd. I suggest you get off your bike and walk south looking for the exit on your left. You will see a jeep trail or perhaps some other bike trails. Once you get through the second gate you will be back on paved roads in Vistoso and will easily find your way back to the vehicles.
If you wish to see the petroglyphs, it is much easier to get there on foot then it is on bike. From the parking area you will see a well defined trail leading down into Honeybee Canyon. Take it and go north for about 1.5 miles. Very pretty hike and you will find the glyphs on your left (if you look hard enough).
The round trip is 12 miles and the change in elevation is a small 500 ft. or so. To give yourself a little perspective, it is 4.25 miles from the parking area to the intersection of Rail X and the Power line Road.
Directions: Take Oracle Rd. north from Ina about 7 miles to Rancho Vistoso Blvd., go left (west) 3.1 miles to a very nice parking area on your left. When you get on your bike go to your right (east) out of the parking lot 0.6 miles to Quiet Rain and go north about 200 yards to a short, paved, uphill section to the power line road. You are now on the trail.
Tucson Bike Rentals and Tours delivers and picks up mountain bikes at Rail X and Honeybee Canyon. There is a two rider minimum delivery. Bike for 1 to 5 hours, finish riding and we pick up the bikes! No need to worry about loading mountain bikes in your rental car! Price is generally $100 per bike – depending on location of trailhead. Don’t know where to ride? Tucson Bike Rentals and Tours can tell you the rides that are beginner, intermediate to advanced. We deliver mountain bikes to Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Vallley and the Southern, Arizona area. We rent top of the line full suspension and hard tailed mountain bikes. Click here for details!