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  • 2 Jan 2020 11:21 PM | Anonymous

    SDMB Year in Review 2019


    As 2019 comes to a close and we welcome in 2020 (a new decade of riding!), we wanted to share a recap of the year and our accomplishments.  Everything SDMB does is made possible through your support, donations, membership dollars, and volunteer hours, so this is really a recap of what WE collectively have accomplished over the last year.  Huge, huge thanks to everything the MTB and trails community does to support SDMB in our mission to Build, Ride, and Protect trails in Tucson and Southern Arizona.  To join or renew your membership or make a donation, please go to www.sdmb.org .  To make a donation specifically to the bike park, go to www.tucsonparks.org (make sure to specify 100-Acre Wood Bike Park!).

    Also, special thanks to the SDMB board, crew leaders, and others who have taken leadership roles over the last year!

    Major 2019 Accomplishments

    Enchanted Hills Trails Park

    SDMB worked with Pima County to develop the new Enchanted Hills Trails Park adjacent to the 36th St. Trailhead, building more than 5 miles of MTB-optimized multi use singletrack and the first MTB-specific trail in the Tucson Mountains!  Enchanted Hills is the newest addition to Tucson Mountain Park, and has great variety including beginner-friendly options like Lower El Grupo Loop and techy advanced trails like Wild West.  In addition to coordinating and leading the majority of the volunteer events, SDMB brought an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team to Tucson assist with construction and restoration work and provided staff time for machine operation. 

    100-Acre Wood Bike Park


    In 2019, 100-Acre Wood Bike Park took a bunch of steps closer to become a reality!  In January SDMB held a press conference and ground breaking volunteer event in collaboration with the City of Tucson, Davis Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB), and REI Tucson.  Over the past year we have coordinated more than 25 volunteer events, working not only with the MTB community but with with groups like Tucson Electric Power and the University of Arizona Blue Chip Leadership Program.  Overall, in 2019 SDMB volunteers dedicated more than 1,800 volunteers hours to the bike park (at a value of more than $44,000!).  In August we built the Flow Trail Skills Area, with beginner and intermediate jump lines, and then in December we completed the Green Flow Trail and began construction on the Green XC Trail (hopefully to be completed by the end of January 2020).  In addition to construction SDMB continued to work on site cleanup and restoration, contracting with Strategic Habitat Enhancements as the restoration consultant for the project.  Thanks to REI Tucson, Tucson Electric Power, Tucson Medical Center, and Hammel Dentistry for providing grant funding this year, and to all of the individual donors who contributed.

    AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Teams

    In 2019 SDMB was fortunate to bring not one but two AmeriCorps NCCC teams to Tucson, for a total of 12 weeks of assistance.  The first team assisted with trail building and restoration efforts at Enchanted Hills in collaboration with Pima County NRPR, allowing us to build 5.3 miles of trail in just a few months. 

    For the second team SDMB collaborated with TORCA, the Arizona Trail Association, and Pima County NRPR.  NCCC volunteers assisted with trail maintenance on Mt. Lemmon and at McKenzie Ranch Trails Park, helped build more than a mile of trail at Painted Hills Trails Park, and spent 2 weeks doing cleanup and trail building at the bike park. 

    SDMB provided project management and coordination for both teams, including submission of applications, location and funding for housing, and facilitation of training and schedules.

    Be Cool Trail Etiquette Campaign

    Now in its third year, SDMB’s “Be Cool” trail etiquette campaign continues to be successful in educating mountain bikers and other users about how to get along on the trails.  In 2019 SDMB volunteers held 10 trailhead outreach events, handing out 800+ bike bells along with stickers and informational flyers about trail etiquette.  To date, we have given out nearly 2,000 bike bells! 

    Fantasy Island

    Fantasy Island is one step closer to permanent preservation!  Efforts to preserve FI have been active for years, and in 2019 SDMB teamed up with TORCA and SAMBA to work with the City of Tucson and the Arizona State Land Department (AZSLD) to implement the 2006 Fantasy Island Trails Park Master Plan.  In November Mayor and Council voted to approve the Planned Community Development (PCD) plan that designates most of the Northern part of FI as permanent open space, effectively preserving it even though the land has not been transferred yet.  SDMB is working with Tucson Parks and Recreation to develop an agreement that will allow us to maintain and improve the FI trails in coming years.  

    Honeybee Canyon Trails

    SDMB continues to work with the Town of Oro Valley and other stakeholders to advocate for preservation of the Honeybee Canyon trails.  In 2019 SDMB board members and supporters met several times with new Oro Valley Mayor Joe Winfield and staff to discuss Honeybee, and we presented to the OV Town Council in April to begin raising awareness about the need for preservation and active management.  SDMB board members are planning a site visit with interested OV Town Council Members, hopefully in February 2020.

    2nd Year of McKenzie Frenzy

    For the second year, SDMB put on a mountain bike race!  The 2nd Annual McKenzie Frenzy, p/b Hammel Dentistry on December 7th was a huge success, with 130+ riders enjoying perfect temps, a fast course, and Tucson’s awesome MTB community.  In addition to having a great time racing, participants helped SDMB raise more than $6,000 to support trail projects!  Thanks too to our Race Supporters: Tucson Endurance Performance Center, Ben’s Bikes, Sabino Cycles, Metal Works Precision Machine & Tool, and Catalina Brewing Co.  We’re already getting stoked for next year and planning to make it a bigger and better event!

    Tortolita Preserve

    Tortolita Preserve was under threat of sale and eventual development until the Marana Town Council voted to extend its lease from the Arizona State Land Department through 2099.  SDMB supported the preservation effort in a variety of ways, including board members and supporters submitting letters and comments and attending public meetings.  Board member Kirk Astroth gathered one full year of rider data to present to the council, and is now serving on the Marana Parks & Recreation Master Plan Committee.

    What’s Next


    More bike park!

    100-Acre Wood Bike Park will continue to be a major priority for SDMB.  What’s next for the bike park?  We’ll keep building as dirt and funding becomes available, with an upcoming priority development of 2 pump tracks near Alvernon.  SDMB and the City of Tucson are working with DMAFB to renew and extend the lease on the land, and we hope to finalize the sponsorship package and begin major fundraising.  And, of course, we’re going to ride a bunch!

    Fantasy Island

    Once SDMB’s agreement with the City of Tucson is finalized we will start regular maintenance days (may be limited to the Northern trails including Lone Cactus, Bo’s, Burro’s, and Christmas Tree as those will be the officially sanctioned trails) and begin planning for trail improvements, including installation of features.  We will also continue working with Tucson Water to ensure that the Bunny Loop stays open as SHARP Project construction continues.  SDMB is looking at some potential sources of funding to support trail maintenance and improvement.

    Mockingbird/Explorer Trails

    The next round of planned trail development in Tucson Mountain Park should begin sometime in 2020.  Mockingbird Trail will provide a climbing-friendly connector between Explorer and 36th St. trails, and the Explorer extension will provide a singletrack connection from the 4’ culvert under Ajo Way all the way to Kennedy Park.  Pima County NRPR still needs to complete the biological and cultural surveys and then both trails will be shovel-ready!  SDMB still has up to $75,000 of RTP grant funding waiting for this package of trails, and there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities.

    Be Cool Trail Etiquette Campaign

    We’ll continue handing out bike bells and spreading the “Be Cool” gospel through outreach and education.   For 2020, we plan to continue the trailhead events, hand out even more bike bells, and are working with Pima County and other land managers on designing and installing trailhead signage.  Be Cool out there on the trail! 


  • 30 Dec 2019 10:59 PM | Anonymous

    2019 NCCC TEAM WRAP-UP

    For the third year in a row, SDMB had the pleasure of hosting an Americorps NCCC team.  The National Civilian Community Corps is a national service program in which college-age young adults devote 1-2 years to supporting government and nonprofit programs across the country.  Previous NCCC teams assisted with completion of the McKenzie Ranch XC Race Venue and Hohokam Trail (2018) and trail building and restoration work at Painted Hills Trails Park (early 2019).  To learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC, go to: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-nccc

    For this team (called Earth 9) we decided to take a collaborative route and work with some of our favorite partner organizations to expand the ways the team could benefit the Tucson trails community.  In their time in Tucson, Earth 9 worked with SDMB, Tucson Off-Road Cyclists & Activists (TORCA), the Arizona Trail Association, and Pima County Natural Resources, Parks, & Recreation (NRPR).  SDMB submitted the application for the team, provided overall project coordination, and coordinated and paid for housing.  Thanks to Homegrown Tours for donating an MTB outing for the team, and huge thanks to our anonymous donor for assisting with housing!

    Earth 9 was in Tucson for a total of six weeks.

    For week 1 the team participated in a day of orientation and mountain biking courtesy of Homegrown Tours.  They spent the rest of the week working with TORCA, doing brushing and tread work on Green Mountain Trail.  TORCA reported that they brushed the entire trail from top to bottom and fixed sections of tread that were eroding. 

    For week 2 the team worked with the Arizona Trail Association.  The majority of the week was spent working on the AZT from Molino Saddle to West Spring Tank (on the descent to Milagrosa), with a day spent installing a Super Gate south of Sahuarita with volunteers.


    For weeks 3 and 4 the team worked with Pima County NRPR.  They did trail maintenance at McKenzie Ranch and helped keep the parking lot in good shape for events, and roughed in nearly a mile of new singletrack at Painted Hills Trails Park.

    For weeks 5 and 6 the team worked with SDMB at 100-Acre Wood Bike Park.  They removed nearly 40 cubic yards (2 full dumpsters) of trash, cleared a huge pile of African Sumac, helped finish the Green Flow Trail, and started dirt work on the Green XC Trail.


    This is your donations and membership dollars at work.  Without your contributions, SDMB would not have the funding or staff time to coordinate projects like bringing AmeriCorps NCCC teams to Tucson. 

    Thanks for all your ongoing support!


  • 19 Dec 2019 11:09 PM | Anonymous



    Attention Milagrosa users!

    Please read on for information from Neil Stitzer at Pima County NRPR about an upcoming reroute on the bottom section of Milagrosa:

    "A 400’ section of the Milagrosa Trail will be re-routed due to private property ownership near the southern end of the trail. The new trail alignment on Pima County property will be 750’ in length. New trail construction and existing trail closure will take place January 2020. The existing trail will remain open until the new trail alignment is complete, at which time the existing trail will be closed, signed and rehabbed.

    The Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation department, Pima County Attorney’s Office and private property owner have negotiated an agreement for the trail alignment change. American Conservation Experience will be performing the new trail re-route and existing trail closure with a professional trail crew. We ask for your understanding in accepting this change to the Milagrosa Trail and that public input was not feasible during the decision making process.

    We realize some trail users will not be pleased with the re-route due to familiarity with the existing trail alignment. However, please understand that given the circumstances this is the best possible outcome and fortunately the trail will remain open. The new trail alignment will be an improvement in terms of sustainability and depending on the trail user, be a preferred alternative to the existing trail alignment. We appreciate your cooperation in respecting private property ownership in the area, displaying trail and land stewardship by adapting to the new trail alignment, and helping spread the word throughout the trails community about this change.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Pima County Natural Resources Parks & Recreation department: (520) 724 - 5000"


  • 3 Dec 2019 10:10 PM | Anonymous

    The 2019 8(ish) Days of Xmas ride series is here!  Now in its 13th year, the 8(ish) Days features daily rides on Tucson’s best trails with your favorite organizations, groups, and businesses.  Let’s ride some bikes, make some new friends, and maybe even do a little trail work! Check back often for calendar updates.

    All rides and events are open to everyone, and ride leaders make every effort to ensure no one gets dropped.  If you are unfamiliar with a trail or unsure of your ability level, please do your research in advance.  Helmets are required on all rides.  Unless specifically noted, events are not hosted by SDMB.

    We’re always looking to add to the ride schedule.  If you’re interested in adding a ride or event, contact trailsteward@sdmb.org.

    Thanks to all of our ride leaders!

    2019 8(ish) Days of Xmas Ride/Event Schedule

    Sat 12/21: 100-Acre Wood Bike Park Build Day

    • Difficulty: N/A
    • Time/Location: 9:00 AM @ 100-Acre Wood Bike Park (2681 S. Alvernon Way)
    • Description: Volunteer build day at the bike park.
    • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/573181223256397/
    • Leader: Evan Pilling; trailsteward@sdmb.org
    Sun 12/22: Blue Dog TMP Ridgehunter Loop w/ Blue Dog Bicycles
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Time/Location: 10:00 AM @ Richard Genser Starr Pass Trailhead
    • Description: A 30-mile tour of some of the chunkiest trails in the Tucson Mountains including Explorer/Cat Mountain, Little Cat, Brown Mountain Clockwise, Golden Gate, Wormhole, Bowtie, and Hooligan. 
    • Event Link: TBD
    • Leader: Nate Woiwode
    Sun 12/22: Honeybee Canyon w/ SAMBA
    Mon 12/23: Festivus w/ the Cranksters @ Sweetwater
    • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
    • Time/Location: 8:00 AM @ Sweetwater Trailhead
    • Description: Air your grievances for Festivus and ride with the Cranksters at Sweetwater!  This will be a “choose your own adventure” ride with many options, and the Cranksters will be at the lot with donuts and beverages.
    • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2486658234716469/
    • Leader: Gus Markes

    Tues 12/24: Family Ride on The Loop w/ Our MTB Rides

    • Difficulty: Kid/Family Friendly      
    • Time/Location: 9:00 AM @ The Loop Trailhead @ Craycroft
    • Description: Bring the family for this fun ride on the loop the day before Christmas. We will ride to Children's Memorial Park (about 8 miles one way) From there you can choose to hang out at the park or continue to Kory Laos Memorial Freestyle BMX Bicycle Park (another 4 miles).
    • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/447803452819471/
    • Leader: Dave Slagle

    Tues 12/24: Christmas Eve Arizona Trail Ride w/ Copper Spoke Bicycles

    • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate      
    • Time/Location: Time TBD @ Camino Loma Alta Trailhead
    • Description: Join Copper Spoke Cycles for a SDMB 8(ish) Days of Christmas ride, on a scenic meandering of the Arizona Trail! We will be starting at the Camino Loma Alta Arizona Trailhead. Everyone is welcome, as we make our way to the Pistol Hill Gate and back.

      This ride will be approximately 15 miles round trip and could include a creek crossing or two.
    • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/745823165900751/
    • Leader: Ryan Tiffin
    Wed 12/25: OPEN
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    Thurs 12/26: Urban Assault w/ Catalina Brewing Company
    • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
    • Time/Location: 7:00 PM @ Catalina Brewing Company
    • Description: A bike ride that starts and finishes at a brewery… what could be better!  Join the CBC folks for an exploration of the features, back alleys, and urban singletrack nearby.  Bring a light!
    • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/3346464018760355/
    • Contact: Brian Vance
    Fri 12/27: OPEN
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    Sat 12/28: SDMB Starr Pass Poker Ride & Trail Run
    • Postponed to 1/5/20 due to rain!
    Sun 12/29: Green Mountain, Bug Spring, & Prison Camp Shuttle Ride w/ TORCA
    • Difficulty: Advanced
    • Time/Location: 9:00 AM at Molino Basin CG (please carpool!)
    • Description: A shuttle ride on some of Mt. Lemmon's best all-mountain trails!  TORCA maintains the Mt. Lemmon trails, and you get to benefit from their hard work.  This is a burly ride but no one gets dropped and there are several bailout points.  
    • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/503172403648363/

    Mon 12/30: Dig Day @ 100-Acre Wood Bike Park

    • Difficulty: N/A
    • Time/Location: 9:00 AM at 100-Acre Wood Bike Park (2681 S. Alvernon Way)
    • Description: Help finish the Green XC Trail at the bike park!  No experience needed, and SDMB provides all the tools.  Volunteers need to bring work gloves, water, and snacks.  
    • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/502792260595723/
    • Contact: Ben Chandler @ Ben's Bikes

    Mon 12/30: Ben's Bikes Monday Night Ride @ Fantasy Island

    • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
    • Time/Location: 6:15 PM at Ben's Bikes (7431 S. Houghton Rd.)
    • Description: A leisurely spin around Fantasy Island.  
    • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/452369799019414/
    • Contact: Ben Chandler @ Ben's Bikes
    Tues 12/31: 50-Year Trail w/ Our Church of Kinetic Energy (FB group)
    • Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced (depending on route)
    • Time/Location: 9:00 AM at Golder Ranch TH.
    • Description: we will ride to the top of The Chutes and tap a lap,then up we go clockwise to Around the Mountain and head to Cowboy/Slickrock where we will visit the Rock formations that make this trail unique including the Madonna and Yoda rock. From there we will continue to descend the Upper 50 for some technical drops and rock rolls then on to Middlegate trail for more fun flowing descents and the back to the parking lot . This is a no drop ride with plenty of outs and B-lines to match your skill level.
    • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/481948745781723/
    • Contact: Joe Kinman
    Wed 1/1:  MTB Addicts FI Hangover Ride
    • Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
    • Time/Location: 11:30 AM @ Fantasy Island South Entrance (Valencia Rd.)
    • Description: Celebrate New Year’s Day with the Addicts!  This is without a doubt the biggest single group ride of the year.  Beginners can ride the Bunny Loop, and anyone can add Lone Cactus and other trails for more miles.
    • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2067705406662442/
    • Leader: Bobby Harris
    Sat 12/28: SDMB Starr Pass Poker Ride & Trail Run
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Time/Location: 9:00 AM @ Richard Genser Starr Pass Trailhead
    • Description: Ride your bike, collect cards, win prizes!  Join SDMB for the 3rd year of the Poker Ride & Trail Run.  Choose your route to hit checkpoints and get cards, and the best poker hands win!
    • Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/376169173270639/




  • 3 Oct 2019 8:11 PM | Anonymous

    Fantasy Island Update 10/3/19

    Representatives from SDMB, TORCA, and SAMBA continue to work to preserve the core of the Fantasy Island trail system, and we are reaching the home stretch.  On 9/26/19 we met with attorney Keri Sylvan (representing the Arizona State Land Department) and Teresa Olson from Council Member Shirley Scott's office.  In short, the Planned Community Development (PCD) is moving forward to preserve the majority of Lone Cactus, Bo's, Burro's and Christmas Tree Loop trails.  See our prior blog post for info on the PCD and other background.

    On Monday, October 7 the PCD goes to the City of Tucson Zoning Examiner for review, and assuming no issues come up the PCD will then go to Mayor and Council for approval at the November City Council Meeting.  For those who want to attend the Zoning Examiner Public Hearing, it will be at 6:00 PM at the Mayor and Council chambers downtown (255 W. Alameda).  

    If you can't attend the meeting but want to submit a letter of support (please!) you can find a draft letter here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/01qbkxv9va9rpu0/Draft%20Support%20Letters%20from%20Fantasy%20Island.docx?dl=0

    Important take-home points are:

    1. Fantasy Island is not getting closed.
    2. Most of the Northern part of the trail system will be permanently preserved.
    3. Some trails will be lost (specifically Bunny and the rest of the trails on the Southern part of the trail system).  This is all following the 2006 Master Plan.
    4. The City of Tucson and AZSLD have worked consistently with representatives from the MTB community to preserve as much of the trail system as possible.
    5. Preserved trails will be designated MTB-specific, preserving the core character of the trail system.
    6. While the exact preservation designation is not known yet (sale, lease, SLUP permit) once the PCD is approved by Mayor and Council it will be final and enforceable, meaning the majority of the trail system will be permanently preserved as open space.
    7. SDMB, TORCA, and SAMBA are working with the City to develop agreements to allow maintenance of the preserved trails, along with improvements and potential additional mileage to replace what will be lost.  New trails will be beginner-friendly to compensate for loss of the Bunny Loop.  Moving forward, trail maintenance and development will likely fall under the SDMB umbrella (with support from TORCA and SAMBA) as SDMB has existing agreements with the City of Tucson.  Stay tuned for details about how to get involved in a steering committee if you want to help).

    Here is some background from Keri Sylvan:

    "The Arizona State Land Department (“State Land Department”) is working with the City of Tucson (“City”) to rezone approximately 2500 acres of State Trust Land (“Trust Land”) along Houghton Road to the Atterbury Trails Planned Community Development (“PCD”).  See attached map for boundary of the PCD.   The PCD is a zoning entitlement that allows flexibility in location of uses and overall master-planning of very large acreages within the Houghton Area Master Plan (“HAMP”) that will be developed over a 20-40-year time horizon. 

    The State Land Department is Trustee of over 9 million acres of land throughout the State of Arizona that it manages for 13 specific beneficiaries, primarily the State education system.  State Land’s role is to ensure that all trust lands are held, leased, and/or sold to maximize the financial return for those beneficiaries.  This Trust Land is part of the 7800 acres of State Land within the HAMP boundary.

                   As part of the PCD process, the State Land Department has reviewed the Fantasy Island Master Plan and, in working with City staff, the Ward IV office and Fantasy Island stakeholders, State Land is proposing to formalize the portion of Fantasy Island near Irvington Road as Open Space/City Park (over 200 acres of land) pursuant to the attached map.  The PCD would acknowledge this area as Open Space with the Fantasy Island park and mountain bike trails in a similar regulatory manner as the Saguaro Trails PAD.  The City and State Land will be working through a separate process for the City to either own, lease or otherwise obtain a permit to use this area of the PCD for Fantasy Island.  This treatment in the PCD brings forward the vision in the Fantasy Island Master Plan and solidifies the rights for Fantasy Island users in this area of the PCD for generations to come.  Fantasy Island stakeholders acknowledge that this means there will need to be some re-routing of trails on the western edge of the Open Space per the PCD map to permit a 300-foot buffer and option for a Harrison Road connection into the future.  In addition, the Fantasy Island Trails south of the Mattamy development and City Water site will be removed once those areas are ready to be auctioned by the State Land Department to an end-user.  Fantasy Island and the City will continue to work with the State Land Department and the end-users to provide appropriate connectivity from new homes/development to the bicycle trails balanced with protection of those trails into the future."

    And more info about the PCD:

    "The Arizona State Land Department (“State Land Department”) is working with the City of Tucson (“City”) to rezone approximately 2500 acres of State Trust Land (“Trust Land”) along Houghton Road to the Atterbury Trails Planned Community Development (“PCD”).  See attached map for boundary of the PCD.   The PCD is a zoning entitlement that allows flexibility in location of uses and overall master-planning of very large acreages within the Houghton Area Master Plan (“HAMP”) that will be developed over a 20-40-year time horizon. 

    The State Land Department is Trustee of over 9 million acres of land throughout the State of Arizona that it manages for 13 specific beneficiaries, primarily the State education system.  State Land’s role is to ensure that all trust lands are held, leased, and/or sold to maximize the financial return for those beneficiaries.  This Trust Land is part of the 7800 acres of State Land within the HAMP boundary.

                   As part of the PCD process, the State Land Department has reviewed the Fantasy Island Master Plan and, in working with City staff, the Ward IV office and Fantasy Island stakeholders, State Land is proposing to formalize the portion of Fantasy Island near Irvington Road as Open Space/City Park (over 200 acres of land) pursuant to the attached map.  The PCD would acknowledge this area as Open Space with the Fantasy Island park and mountain bike trails in a similar regulatory manner as the Saguaro Trails PAD.  The City and State Land will be working through a separate process for the City to either own, lease or otherwise obtain a permit to use this area of the PCD for Fantasy Island.  This treatment in the PCD brings forward the vision in the Fantasy Island Master Plan and solidifies the rights for Fantasy Island users in this area of the PCD for generations to come.  Fantasy Island stakeholders acknowledge that this means there will need to be some re-routing of trails on the western edge of the Open Space per the PCD map to permit a 300-foot buffer and option for a Harrison Road connection into the future.  In addition, the Fantasy Island Trails south of the Mattamy development and City Water site will be removed once those areas are ready to be auctioned by the State Land Department to an end-user.  Fantasy Island and the City will continue to work with the State Land Department and the end-users to provide appropriate connectivity from new homes/development to the bicycle trails balanced with protection of those trails into the future." 

    GO HERE TO READ THE FULL ATTERBURY TRAILS PCD DOCUMENT



  • 28 Sep 2019 5:03 PM | Anonymous

    THE 2019 MLGG RAFFLE IS HERE!

    Support trails and win sweet prizes in the 2019 Mt. Lemmon Gravel Grinder Raffle!  Tickets start at only $10, and the more you buy the better your chances!  Winners will be announced at the 2019 Mt. Lemmon Gravel Grinder on October 26, 2019.

    Prizes include:

    • Entry for two to the Sedona MTB Festival (March 2020)
    • 3C Ranch Adventure Package, including 2 nights' lodging at the 3C Ranch in Oracle and out outing to Arizona Zipline Adventures
    • $400 Gift Card for Tucson Endurance Performance Center
    • (2) POC Helmets from Sabino Cycles
    • Prize Pack from Blue Dog Bicycles including Blue Dog team kit, cap, bike service, and taco socks!
    • One of (3) Brunch for Two Gift Cards from 5 Points Market
    • $100 Gift Card for Divine Bovine 
    • Slide Rack Bike Rack Solution
    • $50 Gift Card for Oro Valley Bicycle
    • One of (2) Specialized MTB Helmets from Oro Valley Bicycle

    GO HERE TO GET YOUR TICKETS!



  • 8 Aug 2019 10:00 PM | Anonymous

    Fantasy Island Update, August 2019. PLEASE READ!

    Hopefully you all have seen our posts and updates over the last few years about the Mattamy Homes/Saguaro Trails development and the Tucson Water/SHARP recharge project.  Anyone who rides Fantasy Island knows that major changes have been happening, and more are coming.  To see the original 2006 Master Plan and get the historical perspective, GO HERE

    Several months ago representatives from SDMB, TORCA, and SAMBA were contacted by Council Member Shirley Scott’s Office and local attorney Keri Sylan (on behalf of the Arizona State Land Department, or AZSLD) to meet and discuss the future of Fantasy Island.  In short, most of the land that Fantasy Island currently occupies is owned by the AZSLD and has no permanent protection.  We have known for years that some of the land would be sold and developed, and the 2006 Master Plan represented a monumental community effort to preserve as much of the trails as possible.  Fast forward to 2019, and the AZSLD is preparing to sell 2,500 acres of land in the Houghton/Valencia area which includes much of Fantasy Island.  To the best of our understanding, originally the AZSLD had no intention of honoring the 2006 Master Plan or preserving any of the trails (which they had no legal obligation to do) and the City of Tucson was able to negotiate the current arrangement. 

    We acknowledge that the loss of any trails, especially ones as important as Fantasy Island, is tragic and the sale and eventual development will impact many riders.  The SDMB board truly believes that the 2006 Master Plan and the proposed preservation arrangement is the best offer on the table and that continued negotiation/advocacy will not bring any additional benefit.  We will continue to advocate for preservation of as much of the original trail system as possible, and will work to minimize overall loss of mileage.

    The good news:

    • Most of the trails that were slated for preservation in the 2006 Master Plan will be preserved and managed as open space by the City of Tucson.  These include most of Lone Cactus, Bo’s/Burros, and Christmas Tree.  The exception is a 300-foot corridor that will run north/south along the DMAFB fenceline which will be held for a possible Harrison Rd. extension.
    • The preserved trails will become system trails managed by City of Tucson.  We will be able to maintain them and hope to make substantial improvements, including signage and potential features.
    • There is the potential to develop additional mileage of trails within the preserved area, reducing the overall loss of mileage.
    • At this point, the City’s position is that the trails should remain MTB-specific and directional, allowing riders to continue to ride at speed and not worry about user conflict.
    • Any development is several years out (not including current development by Mattamy and Tucson Water).
    • The City of Tucson already owns land in the area.  See the map at the bottom of the post.

    The bad news:

    • Development is coming to the area, and there isn’t really any way to stop it.  Arizona State Land Trust lands are not public lands like Pima County or National Forest Lands, and are specifically slated for sale.
    • The southern part of the trail system will be sold and developed.  This includes Bunny Loop, Snake Dance, and Bunny’s Revenge.  There is still potential to negotiate with the eventual developer for preservation of existing trail corridors or development of new ones, but we won’t know anything until the land goes up for auction and a developer purchases it.
    • Houses will be built very close to the trails in some spots, resulting in potential conflict with neighbors.

    What you can do:

    • Attend the public meeting on Tuesday, August 20th at 6:00 PM.  Meeting will be held at the Santa Rita High School Auditorium, 3951 S. Pantano Rd.  Learn more about the long-term plans and how you can help. GO HERE TO READ THE MEETING NOTICE
    • Contact your City Council member and let them know how important Fantasy Island is to you.
    • Support Tucson's advocacy organizations!  SDMB, TORCA, and SAMBA all work tirelessly to advocate for trails and mountain bike access.  Our members are our biggest asset, and too few riders actually step up and provide financial support.
    • Stay tuned for more details.

    QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? PLEASE EMAIL TRAILSTEWARD@SDMB.ORG.

    READ BELOW FOR THE STATEMENT FROM THE ARIZONA STATE LAND DEPARTMENT AND CITY OF TUCSON…

    Atterbury Trails PCD and Fantasy Island

    The Arizona State Land Department (“State Land Department”) is working with the City of Tucson (“City”) to rezone approximately 2500 acres of State Trust Land (“Trust Land”) along Houghton Road to the Atterbury Trails Planned Community Development (“PCD”).  See attached map for boundary of the PCD.   The PCD is a zoning entitlement that allows flexibility in location of uses and overall master-planning of very large acreages within the Houghton Area Master Plan (“HAMP”) that will be developed over a 20-40-year time horizon. 

    The State Land Department is Trustee of over 9 million acres of land throughout the State of Arizona that it manages for 13 specific beneficiaries, primarily the State education system.  State Land’s role is to ensure that all trust lands are held, leased, and/or sold to maximize the financial return for those beneficiaries.  This Trust Land is part of the 7800 acres of State Land within the HAMP boundary.

    As part of the PCD process, the State Land Department has reviewed the Fantasy Island Master Plan and, in working with City staff, the Ward IV office and Fantasy Island stakeholders, State Land is proposing to formalize the portion of Fantasy Island near Irvington Road as Open Space/City Park (over 200 acres of land) pursuant to the attached map.  The PCD would acknowledge this area as Open Space with the Fantasy Island park and mountain bike trails in a similar regulatory manner as the Saguaro Trails PAD.  The City and State Land will be working through a separate process for the City to either own, lease or otherwise obtain a permit to use this area of the PCD for Fantasy Island.  This treatment in the PCD brings forward the vision in the Fantasy Island Master Plan and solidifies the rights for Fantasy Island users in this area of the PCD for generations to come.  Fantasy Island stakeholders acknowledge that this means there will need to be some re-routing of trails on the western edge of the Open Space per the PCD map to permit a 300-foot buffer and option for a Harrison Road connection into the future.  In addition, the Fantasy Island Trails south of the Mattamy development and City Water site will be removed once those areas are ready to be auctioned by the State Land Department to an end-user.  Fantasy Island and the City will continue to work with the State Land Department and the end-users to provide appropriate connectivity from new homes/development to the bicycle trails balanced with protection of those trails into the future. 

     



  • 7 Aug 2019 3:00 PM | Jeffrey Gicklhorn (Administrator)

    As nearly everyone knows, Tucson and southern Arizona gets HOT in the summer. But that doesn’t mean that mountain bikers stop riding. Long time desert rats have made accommodations with the extreme weather to keep on riding despite the heat. Here are a few quick tips and tricks for staying in the saddle through the hot months, especially if you’re a newer rider or visiting the area during the summer:

    1. Set an Alarm: One of the things that we have learned is that you have to switch when you ride to times when it is cooler. Getting out early and setting the motto of “Off the Trail by 8” will help you get your fix in. The sun comes up early in southern Arizona so getting motivated by riding in the cooler morning hours is a great way to stay active even during the hottest months.
    2. Become a Night Owl: The other option is night riding is one way to beat the extreme heat. Many riding groups keep riding all through the summer! Temperatures might still be in the 90s, but the harsh sun will be down. But be sure to get bright lights—one for your helmet and one for your handlebars. Having adequate light is a key to minimizing mishaps on the trail.
    3. Get High: Explore higher elevation riding areas. Mount Lemmon / Santa Catalina Mtns has a plethora of trails above 7,000 ft, however most of them are upper-intermediate to advanced. This is the only real high elevation riding area within day-trip distance of Tucson. High elevation (>7,000 ft) weekend options in the state include Mount Graham / Pinaleño Mtns (3 hrs), Pinetop-Lakeside / White Mtns and Mogollon Rim / Cabin Loops  (3.5-4.5 hrs), and Flagstaff / San Francisco Peaks (4 hrs). Additionally, mid-elevation (4,500-7,000 ft) areas include Silver City, NM (3 hrs), Payson (3 hrs), Prescott, and Sedona (both 3.5 hrs) offer good options when it's still in the 90's in Tucson. All have readily available camping opportunities where you can ride from your site as well as trails of all technical ability and length.
    4. Drink Excessively: This tip seems to go without saying but if you read the news much, every summer sees the deaths of recreationists who do not take adequate water on their excursions. Don’t be another statistic. Take more water than you think you’ll need. We recommend at minimum of 1 liter per hour of riding, however you may require more. A hydration pack is a great option to keeping hydrated because it is readily available whereas if you have to stop and pull a bottle out of your pack, you are less likely to drink often.
    5. Get Drunk on Power(ade): Maintaining a proper electrolyte balance is essential to stave off fatigue and muscle cramps in the heat. If your bike has a bottle cage, bring along a bottle with electrolyte mix, otherwise throw an extra bottle in your hydration pack. Adding electrolyte mix to hydration bladders is generally a bad idea; it can gum up the drinking hose and can be hard to clean. Having both plain water and electrolytes allows riders to balance their consumption based on how they are feeling.
    6. Pig Out: Food is essential when riding in the heat, so make sure to bring snacks with you. Sealed bars and goo packets are quick and already packaged for individual consumption. Look for foods that are high-glycemic, meaning that the carbohydrates are bio-available quickly. A snack at the right can help stave off cramps and the hangrys and help you finish the ride quickly. Look to consume at minimum 100-200 calories per hour of riding.
    7. Chill Out: Freezing water bottles or adding ice to hydration packs before riding is a great way to keep your fluids colder and more enjoyable. One option is to buy a small plastic bottle (something like Smart Water), cut the bottom off it, turn it upside down, and fill it with water (leaving the lid on). Then I carefully place it in my freezer, standing up. Thirty minutes before I leave home to go riding, take it out of the freezer and place it in your kitchen sink—standing up. This time allows the block of ice to start thawing so it will easily slip out of the plastic container. Put some water in your hydration pack, and then slip the block of ice inside. This keeps your water cold for most long rides. Cold water is a godsend on summer rides.
    8. Breathe Deeply: Wear light, breathable clothes. Clothes that readily evaporate your sweat will make riding cooler as long as you keep moving. Most riding jerseys are made of breathable fabric. Look for well-ventilated helmets and gloves to stay more comfortable.
    9. Keep it Short and Sweet: Go for shorter rides when it is hot. Don’t try to set speed records or hit century mark. Leave the feats of Superman to another time of year. Just getting out every day you can is an accomplishment.

    Here is southern Arizona, we are fortunate that we can mountain bike nearly every day of the year because of our great weather. But we have to make adjustments in summer. Hopefully these tips will help you get out even during the hottest times and still be safe.


  • 10 Jul 2019 11:26 AM | Jeffrey Gicklhorn (Administrator)

    E-Bikes, or electric bikes, have become increasingly popular in recent years with most major bike companies selling at least one mountain E-Bike. They have become wildly accepted across much of the rest of the world, however there has been significant pushback to their acceptance in the United States. Here we strive to objectively discuss some of the ongoing controversy around E-Bikes, lay out the rules governing E-Bike usage for different land managers, and lastly identify where they can and cannot be ridden in the greater Tucson area.

    Note that SDMB as an organization DOES NOT have an position about E-Bike usage, however, we partner with multiple land-management agencies to build, maintain, and advocate for trails in the area and therefore feel it is our responsibility to explain and discuss local policy and potential controversy surrounding E-Bikes. Understanding the history of the debate over mechanized vs. motorized recreational designations is important to understanding the current debate over E-Bike usage, especially for e-mountain bikes on multiple-use singletrack trails.

    ^ “The Elephant in the Room” by Stephen Haynes (originally published in DirtRag 2015)

    What is an E-Bike?

    There is a range of classifications for E-Bikes (see classifications below), but at minimum all have a battery powered motor and pedal-assist function. Additionally, class 2 E-Bikes have a throttle that can work without pedaling. E-Bikes have provided a great resource for bicyclists who could not ride certain terrain or certain distances (due to injury, illness, or lack of physical ability) by providing an additional battery powered pedal-assist or throttle function. This also presents a potential problem, as the pedal assist and throttle functions allow more power to be transferred by any particular rider into the riding surface.

    The three E-Bike classes are defined as follows:

    Class 1: E-Bikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph.

    Class 2: E-Bikes that also have a maximum speed of 20 mph, but are throttle-assisted.

    Class 3: E- Bikes that are pedal-assist only, with no throttle, and a maximum assisted speed of 28 mph.

    *All classes limit the motor’s power to 1 horsepower (750W).

    Classification of E-Bikes differs based on land-management agency and riding area. Many agencies (U.S. Government: US Forest Service / Bureau of Land Management / National Park Service, Pima County) define all E-Bikes as motorized therefore only allowing E-Bikes where other motorized vehicles (e.g. motorcycles) can also travel. However, some agencies (locally, the State of Arizona) consider class 1 E-Bikes to be functionally similar to non-E-Bikes and therefore allow them to travel everywhere that a mechanized bicycle can also travel. This disparity in interpretation means that is E-Bike access is not ubiquitous across all trail networks. From here on we will only discuss Class 1 E-Bikes as they relate to traditional road and mountain bikes due their popularity and to their variation in regulation by land-management agencies.

    Additionally, E-Bikes were initially very easy to spot, as they had an externally mounted battery, large motor case, and heads up control panel (e.g. Haibike SDURO shown below). However, as E-Bike design has progressed in recent years, they have come to look increasingly like non-E-Bikes (e.g. Specialized Turbo Levo below). This “blending in” of E-Bikes has led to difficulty in differentiating E-Bikes from normal bikes for park and law enforcement rangers and therefore regulating them within different agencies.


    What’s all the controversy about?

    Remember the mention of motorized vs. mechanized travel above? This debate stemmed from federal agency interpretations of the Wilderness Act of 1964 (Act) (for much more information on federal wilderness click here). That act defined motorized methods of travel as inconsistent with wilderness character and banned motorized travel within all future wilderness areas. Separate federal agencies then interpreted the Act, subsequently developing their own regulations governing recreational use within wilderness areas managed by each agency. In those regulations, the U.S. Forest Service defined bicycles as a mechanized form of transport, as they are human powered but provide a mechanical advantage (via gearing) to the rider. The agencies also interpreted that mechanized travel was not consistent with wilderness character and banned mechanized forms of transport (including bicycling) from all current and future wilderness areas. Additionally, there is a currently a push by some members of the mountain bike community to reopen that debate about the interpretation of whether mechanized travel is consistent with wilderness character, as it was not explicitly stated in the Act and bicycles were riding previously in areas that have since been designated wilderness.  That long-term debate directly influences the current debate about E-Bike usage on designated non-motorized trails within the United States today.

    Federal trails and roads are all specifically designated based on the types of allowable uses on that trail or road through the formal travel management process. These use types include hiking, horseback riding, bicycle riding, motorcycle riding, larger off-highway vehicle (OHV) driving, and street-legal vehicle driving (see table below). As E-Bikes are considered motorized, they are lumped in with motorcycles in where they are allowed to ride on federal lands. Many trails in popular riding locations (e.g. Santa Catalina Mountains) are designated as non-motorized, therefore E-Bikes are not allowed on those trails. Additionally, many state and local jurisdictions (locally, Pima County) have adopted federal guidelines for designating allowable uses on trails to maintain consistency with adjacent federal lands.

    ^ U.S. Forest Service singletrack trail signage in Sedona, AZ

    Allowable uses by trail/road designation:

    Designation

    Allowable Uses

    Non-motorized/non-mechanized trail

    Hiking, horseback riding

    Non-motorized trail

    Hiking, horseback riding, bicycling

    Primitive motorized trail

    Hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, E-Bike / motorcycle riding

    Primitive motorized road

    Hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, E-Bike / motorcycle riding, OHV driving

    Improved motorized road

    All other uses and street-legal vehicles


    Regardless of how you feel about the wilderness debate or how mountain bikes or E-Bikes have been classified by federal agencies, current regulations govern where and how we can recreate. Not following posted regulations not only opens you up to a citation from law enforcement, but it also risks losing continued future access for all mountain bikers on our local trails.

    So, where can I ride an E-Bike?

    In order to answer this question, you need to know what agency manages your local riding area. If you don’t already know, please read our first SDMB In the Know dispatch: Land Managers 101. E-Bikes are prohibited from all non-motorized trails managed by any federal agency or Pima County. E-Bikes are allowed on state lands, City of Tucson property, and trails managed by the Town of Marana (please see the table below for specific riding areas). *Note that as the Arizona Trail was designated as a federal non-motorized National Scenic Trail, E-Bikes are not allowed on it even if it is passing through lands that would otherwise allow E-Bikes (i.e. AZT in Oracle State Park). Additionally, while the Town of Marana has provided funding for trail construction and now maintains trails within Tortolita Mountain Park, Pima County manages this land, so E-Bikes are not allowed on the Ridgeline/Wild Burro Loop and roughly the upper half of Wild Mustang. Bikes (and E-Bikes) are only allowed on specific Town of Marana managed trails in the area including Lower Wild Burro (above Alamo Spring Spur)*, Alamo Spring Trail and Spur*, lower Wild Mustang, upper Javelina, and the Tortolita Preserve (* Note as these trails are accessed through the Tortolita Mountain Park, one could not ride an E-Bike to these trails). Finally, note that there are also many Forest Service motorized trails and roads (north and east side of Catalina Mountains, Redington Pass area, Santa Rita Mountains) that allow E-Bikes as well as motorized vehicles (see Coronado Natl Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps here).

    Essentially, this means that E-Bikes can legally ride on less than ¼ of the ~400 bike-legal miles of singletrack in the greater Tucson area.

    Land management agencies and local riding areas where E-Bike are or are not allowed to ride:

    Agency

    Local Riding Areas

    E-Bike Use Allowed?

    U.S. Forest Service

    Santa Catalina Mtns (Mt. Lemmon), Redington Pass, Santa Rita Mountains

    NO

    National Park Service

    Saguaro Natl Park: Cactus Forest Trail, Hope Camp Trail

    NO

    Pima County

    Tucson Mountain Park, Sweetwater Preserve, Enchanted Hills, McKenzie Ranch, Big Wash Trail, Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Painted Hills, Tortolita Mountain Park

    NO

    *Multiple Agencies

    *Arizona National Scenic Trail (statewide)

    NO

    Town of Marana

    Dove Mountain Trails, Tortolita Preserve

    YES

    City of Tucson

    100-Acre Wood Bike Park

    YES

    AZ State Parks

    Catalina State Park, Oracle State Park

    YES

    AZ State Land Dept.

    Fantasy Island, Honeybee Canyon, 50-Year, Willow Springs / 24 HOP Course

    YES

    It is imperative that local riders know and comply with the posted regulations governing E-Bike use for all local riding areas. Not doing so could potentially jeopardize future access for all mountain bikers. If you are a rider considering purchasing an E-Bike, please research where you can legally ride it. Bike shop owners and employees can be crucial in this education process by informing potential E-Bike buyers that they will be limited to riding in the few local areas that allow E-Bikes or trails and dirt roads that also allow motorized vehicles.

    Please click the map below to view all of the bike-legal trails in the greater Tucson area on Trailforks. To view E-Bike legal trails within any riding area hover over the FILTER tab at the top of the map, then click the “Ebike trails” button.

    Thank you for taking the time to learn about where E-Bikes can legally be ridden in the greater Tucson area. If you have any questions about E-Bike or general mountain bike trail access, please contact us at advocacy@sdmb.org.


  • 26 Jun 2019 3:29 PM | Jeffrey Gicklhorn (Administrator)

    Welcome to the first dispatch of SDMB’s ongoing “In the Know” series, where we break down the rules, tips and tricks, and benefits and impacts of mountain biking, trails,  and outdoor recreation in the greater Tucson region. In Dispatch 1, we break down the agencies that manage the riding areas around Tucson as well as the rules and regulations for riding in each of those areas. We hope that locals and visitors alike can learn something new and become more knowledgeable and responsible mountain bikers.


    ^ Riders enjoying the McKenzie Ranch XC Race Course

    Mountain bikers in Tucson are privileged to count over 400 miles of rideable (non-Wilderness) singletrack within a 90 minute drive of downtown. With so much trail spread across so many different trail networks there are seven main land managers that manage multi-use singletrack. Those are 1) Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, 2) Coronado Forest Service, 3) AZ State Parks, 4) City of Tucson, 6) Town of Marana, 6) the National Park Service, and 7) the AZ State Land Department. See the map below to find out who manages your local riding network.


    These diverse agencies present a diverse riding experience based on rider experience, desired terrain, and allowed tail users. Please read below for more info on and rules for each land manager with links to more information directly from those agencies. We hope you are able to learn the rules for your local riding areas and the resources to find out more information. And as always, remember to follow proper trail etiquette and Be Cool out on the trail!

    1) Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation (NRPR) 

    Pima County NRPR manages seven parks and preserves that allow mountain biking, which are broadly distributed across greater Tucson and offer many challenging and diverse riding opportunities for all ability levels. Click below for links to specific trail networks:

    Rules differ by property and are briefly outlined below:

    • E-Bikes are NOT allowed on any Pima County trails
    • Dogs must be on leash (except at Starr Pass / Westside trails where they ARE NOT allowed, dogs ARE allowed at Robles and Enchanted Hills Trail Parks)
    • Stay on designated trails, yield to all other trail users
    • McKenzie Ranch XC race loop is clockwise only, non-bicycle users must travel counter-clockwise and yield to bicycles
    • For specific park rules click here

    2) Coronado National Forest

    The Coronado National Forest manages many miles of bike-legal trail (all trails outside of wilderness except where posted “closed”), which ranges from front-county singletrack to back-country epics. Much of the trail in the Catalina Mountains is rough and rugged, while the Santa Rita’s are quite a bit smoother. The 800-mile Arizona National Scenic Trail runs through both mountain ranges, with prime opportunities for long, rugged rides. The Tucson Off-Road Cyclists Association (TORCA)and Arizona Trail Association (AZTA) work to maintain trails on the Coronado National Forest.

    Rules are the same across all forest lands:

    • E-Bikes are NOT allowed on any US Forest Service trails
    • Dogs must be on leash at all times
    • Stay on designated trails, yield to all other trail users
    • More information on USFS trails can be found here

    3) Arizona State Parks

    Arizona State Parks offers many trails statewide that are open to mountain bikes, however the two State Parks in the Tucson area are Catalina and Oracle SPs. Catalina SP is immediately east of Oro Valley and is commonly used to connect to the 50-year trail system, while Oracle is further north and represents great trails with opportunities to connect to the Arizona Trail.

    Rules are the same across all State Parks:

    • E-Bikes ARE allowed on all State Park trails EXCEPT for the Arizona Trail
    • Dogs must be on leash near congested areas and trailheads
    • Stay on designated trails, yield to all other trail users
    • Pay attention to wilderness boundaries at Catalina SP, as many trails traverse or enter the Pusch Ridge Wilderness
    • More information on mountain biking in AZ State Parks can be found here
    4) City of Tucson

    SDMB has partnered with the City of Tucson to establish the 100-Acre Wood Bike Park! This will be Tucson’s first mountain bike specific bike park! This land is owned by the US Air Force and leased by the City of Tucson. 100-Acre Wood is a designated city park, and will contain trails and features designed to allow progression of all mountain bike users. Many of the trail corridors in Zones 1 and 2 are rideable while the bike park is under construction. For more information on 100-Acre Wood or to help out please visit http://100acrewoodbikepark.org

    Rules at 100-Acre Wood are listed below:

    • Trails at 100-Acre Wood are bike specific, other users must yield to mountain
    •  bikers 
    • E-Bikes ARE allowed at the bike park
    • DO NOT STOP on any trail or technical feature, if you need to stop or have crashed quickly move to the side of the trail
    • Dogs must be on leash, but are not recommended
    • Stay on designated trails, please report any vandalism, trash, or homeless encampments to SDMB or City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department

    5)     Town of Marana

    The Town of Marana has a commitment to maintain outdoor recreation opportunities for residents and visitors. To that end, it manages two trail networks on the flanks of the Tortolita Mountains, the Dove Mountain trails and the Tortolita Preserve. The Dove Mountain trails are generally located to the west of and below the trails in the Tortolita Mountain Park managed by Pima County. These trails are accessed through either the Wild Burro or Tortolita Preserve trailheads.

    Rules are the same across all Town of Marana trails:

    • E-Bikes ARE NOT allowed on trails managed by the Town of Marana
    • Dogs must be on leash at all times, clean up after your dog
    • Stay on designated trails, yield to all other trail users
    • For more information on Town of Marana trails click here
    6)     National Park Service

    National Parks typically do not allow mountain bikes on any trails, however Saguaro National Park has two trails that allow mountain biking! This access took much negotiation, so please follow all park rules so we do not risk losing future access.

    Rules are the same across both bike-legal trails in Saguaro National Park:

    • E-Bikes are NOT allowed on either trail in Saguaro National Park
    • Dogs are NOT allowed on any trails in Saguaro National Park
    • Stay on designated trails, yield to all other trail users, maintain low speeds
    • If limited parking is not available at trailheads, consider riding a different trail
    • Access to Cactus Forest trail requires paying the park entrance fee
    • More information on mountain biking at Saguaro NP can be found here
    7) AZ State Land Department

    There are multiple trail networks on Arizona State Trust lands managed by the Arizona State Land Department. None of these trails (except for the 50-Year trail) are legal, however they represent some of the most popular trail networks in the greater Tucson area. Access to these areas is tenuous at best, so self-policing is of the utmost importance to allow for continued future access. Please use legal access points and report any vandalism / issues to SDMB.

    As these trail networks are not sanctioned (except the 24 HOP course) there are technically no rules for trails on AZ State Trust lands, however following these rules will help us maintain continued access:

    • Please use legal points to access the trail networks, please use the Big Wash Trail or Edwin Rd. to access the Honeybee Trail network and do not park at the Church on Oracle Rd. THE WAPA TRAIL IS NOW CLOSED TO ALL USERS
    • All users recreating on AZ State Trust lands require a valid recreation permit (except when on the Arizona Trail), and you must keep a copy of this with you when on State Lands
    • E-Bikes ARE allowed on State Lands
    • Stay on established trails, please report any vandalism, vegetation clearing, or creation of new trails to SDMB
    • DO NOT remove cultural artifacts or change/damage cultural sites in any way

    Thank you for reading all the way through our first In the Know dispatch! If you have any questions about the agencies that manage your local riding area or the rules that pertain to using those trails please don't hesitate to contact us at advocacy@sdmb.org!


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