Honeybee Canyon/Tortolita Mountain Access Update

As most mountain bikers in Tucson are already aware, there are a number of access issues going on right now at Honeybee Canyon in Oro Valley. Representatives from the MTB community are in touch with the respective stakeholders to try to find solutions. Here is an update of the current situations. Most of this information has already been posted, but we wanted to get everything in one place.

Parking Issues at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd (Fast Rhino/Cop Shop):

First off, the property management who runs the commonly used parking area at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd (sometimes called the “Cop Shop”) has, for the time being, prohibited non-customers from parking there 7 days a week. This has always been a popular place to park for folks using the Honeybee trails and, and since the Como Rd. access was closed off it has seen a huge spike in use. Numerous road cycling groups also use the lot to start and finish rides, sometimes having as many as 50 plus riders. There have been issues with folks parking there for years, mainly due to some local residents who were hostile to bikes, but things came to a head recently with business owners citing overuse of the lot during business hours, public nudity due to riders changing before and after rides, a recent bike demo day that was not cleared with the owners, and some riders urinating and even defecating at the lot.

Until further notice, please do not park at the parking lot at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. You will likely be towed. It is private property, and the owners are threatening to tow anyone who parks there for cycling purposes. Representatives from the cycling community are in contact with the property management company and are working hard to find solutions to maintain access, and we will update via Facebook and the internet as things progress. Please be respectful of the business owners at the Plaza; getting confrontational will not help us secure access.

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SDMB/SOLO Wilderness First Aid Course

When:  Saturday & Sunday, May 30-31, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Pima County NRPR Building – 3500 W. River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741

The details are finalized and registration is live for the SDMB/SOLO Wilderness First Aid course, Saturday and Sunday May 30 and 31!

As mountain bikers, trail builders, hikers, and all-around outdoor enthusiasts we spend lots of time in the backcountry and in risky situations.  Ordinary first-aid training doesn’t cover the types of medical emergencies that can occur in the backcountry, and adequate training and preparation can make the difference between a near-miss and a helivac, or worse…

The Wilderness First Aid course will be taught by SOLO, the oldest school of wilderness medicine in the U.S. Those who complete it will receive a 2-year WFA certification. Find more information about SOLO and the course curriculum.

Wilderness medicine courses are highly experiential, and combine classroom learning with hands-on practice and simulations.  This course will be taught by James Corbin of the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMBA).  In addition to providing highly useful skills and information, they are just plain fun!

Registration

Registration is only $155, and the first 10 SDMB members who register will get a $25 gift card to Tucson Endurance Performance Center.  As an added bonus, SDMB will provide lunch for both days.

There are 2 steps to registration:

  1. Register Through Paypal. 
  2. Email trailsteward@sdmb.org to confirm your payment and attendance.  Be sure to say if you’re an SDMB member so we can save your Tucson Endurance Performance Center gift card!

Questions?  Email trailsteward@sdmb.org.