Honeybee Canyon & Rail X

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: Access Honeybee trails through the Vista de la Montana Methodist Church off of Oracle Road. This is not an official access point, nor is the access trail a sanctioned trail, but the church has given temporary permission for riders to use their road to get to Honeybee. AT THE REQUEST OF THE CHURCH, DO NOT PARK ON THE CHURCH ROAD. PARK ON ORACLE AND RIDE IN! View this trail on MTBProject.com