Fantasy Island

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19
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↑ 1,000 ft
↓ 1,300 ft
7.3
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AVERAGE RATING
4.11 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Guest on May 4, 2005
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All singletrack. 19 miles of trails with 6 loops. This trail is all about leaning into curves as you are mostly cornering around wavy trails thru the desert. This trail is espically beautiful in late winter and early spring after good winter rains when wildflowers abound. Created by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Surrounding area is being developed for housing but local biking community have saved this fun gem thru activism.
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skelldify on February 14, 2014
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Review: I can't complain, because this trail is exactly what it is described as, and easy to get to.

Here's what you get: pedal, pedal, pedal, turn, pedal up, fast down, turn, turn, pedal, pedal, pedal, etc.

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skelldify on February 14, 2014
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Review: I can't complain, because this trail is exactly what it's described as, and it's easy to get to. Here's what you get: pedal, pedal, pedal, turn, pedal, pedal up, fast down, turn, turn, pedal, etc....

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Donald Velasco on December 13, 2013
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Review: Like a MTB roller coaster! The southern end, Bunny Trail and Snake Bite, are so fun to push your speed to the max, it is the same thrill as riding an old wooden roller coaster. There are many more technical trails on the north end. The greatest feature is convenience and even though your are right in the middle of the city, the moment you start trail it seems like total wilderness.

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John Fisch on March 26, 2013
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Review: For a beginner-friendly trail with almost no elevation change, Fantasy Island is astonishingly fun. This trail consistenlty has some of the best cross-country flow I've ever seen. I could see riding this one many times before tiring of it.

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Tim_Davis on July 26, 2012
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Review: Although not a beginer I still have a blast carving this system

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dutoit on July 14, 2012
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Review: This track is best the day after a light rain. Very flat, some small jumps, great for cruising around and chasing cows. You can ride .5 miles to 14 miles depending on how many of the same trails you want to cross. Its a cool place.

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luv2mtb on June 27, 2012
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Review: Rode the southern portion of this network yesterday after rain had gone through the area. Because of the moisture the trail surface was in peak condition; beautiful hardpack singletrack. Rode the bunny loop, snake dance, fire loop and rez loop. None of these were technical, just smooth flowing singletrack. Looking forward to getting to the north side later this week as I understand those trails offer more of a challenge. This is a beginner system for sure, but nub's please be careful out here. There's plenty of cactus to correct the slightest mistake. If you have ridden Phil's World in Cortez, CO and you loved it, then you will love Fantasy Island. If you didn't like Phil's World, then this isn't the place for you.

Similar Trail: Phil's World Cortez, CO

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abegold on June 9, 2012
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Review: This is my nearest trail so I've ridden it over 100 times and thru 12 years of trail network growth. It's all about leaning into banked curves and maintaining momentum on many parts of this trail. Southern trails easier than northern, more for speed. Snakedance has a few tricky small tech features. The halfpipe is a fun swooping feature with optional drops, the over/under will get your attention, espically if tall. Watch for rattlesnakes, jackrabbits, cottontails and coyotes. Some months there are cows and a cowbell to ring on the start of 1 loop. ONLY BICYCLES on this network! Technically, a State Land Permit is required to ride here. On a wet winter this place blooms really well. Vegetation is classic Sonoran Desert. Palo Verde, saguaros, cholla, prickly pear, wolfberry, creosote and barrel cactus.* Review edited 6/9/2012

* Review edited 6/9/2012

Similar Trail: 50 Year Trail, Sweetwater, Robles Pass, AZ Trail

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arizonaglider on April 18, 2012
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Review: The Fantasy Island trail system is actually two quite different systems. The Southern trails are most easily reached from the entrance on the North side of Valencia Road located one mile West of Houghton Road. These trails are well maintained and much easier to ride than the Northern trails. The main loop, called the Bunny Trail, is about four miles long and intersects with the main loop of the Northern trails. Off of the bunny trail is the Snakedance Trail which is about three and one half miles long. I would classify these two trails as suitable for beginners although the close proximity to lots of cactus could be intimidating to riders not familiar with riding in the desert. The Northern trails are much rockier and I would classify them as easy intermediate. The main loop which is about six and one half miles long is reached from the South side of Irvington Road and is also located about one mile West of Houghton Road. Several smaller loops are reached from this main loop and are each a bit tougher than the main loop. The most technical of these is the Burro Pit Trail which has several fun technical features. All of the trails in both the Northern and Southern sections are designed to be one way and are best ridden counter clockwise. Trail signs are not always easy to follow but most are very creative and amusing.

Similar Trail: Cloudview in Gold Canyon

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RoadWarrior on February 12, 2012
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Review: Fun trail system. For beginners; Lots of fast flowey trail, short drops, easy climbs. For the rest of us; lots of fast flowey, short drops, big G outs, huge braking bumps, even a Half Pipe section, and sharp pointy plants just waiting for the slightest mistake. No big jumps or real tech. here, just fun, fast as you dare ride trail. The whole system is one way, and as well marked as any trail I've ever ridden.

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Jared13 on December 25, 2011
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Review: Flat and smooth, rocky and hilly, sweeping turns, water bars, a few jumps. This trail has a mix of almost everything. The main loop is very easy, the loops off the main loop are the fun ones. If you're in Tucson and are looking for nice, easy ride with some technical stuff, you need to ride this trail.

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TreyGL6 on November 22, 2011
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Review: I agree with the other reviewers...it's not a Top 100 trail. However, it's perfect for beginners and XC-Carbon-Singlespeeders-Hardtails etc... The Burro Loop is the most technical and fun. The other loops are very flat and uninteresting.

Similar Trail: None.

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azdirtydozen on August 16, 2011
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Review: This trail is definitely overrated, unless you just took your training wheels off, stay away. I can't believe it's even rated in the top 400 trails. This trail is about as exciting as riding your bike on the cart path at your local golf course.

Similar Trail: The sidewalk in front of my house.

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clickner on May 4, 2011
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Review: I saw this trail on the top 100 trails and was shocked. I had to make sure everyone was talking about the same trail. I would not even waste my time getting in cycling shorts for this trail. There are so many better trails in AZ. SKIP THIS ONE!!!!

Similar Trail: I would not call this mountain biking!!!!

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tdbgwl on March 16, 2011
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Review: OMG! Awesome trail! I'm lucky enough to travel with my bike for work occasionally, and EVERY time I go to Tucson I WILL take my bike. Last time I did two loops off the main trail and it was great. This time I did two OTHER loops off the main trail and it was great and still new. There is a 'cactus garden'...very interesting...push it hard...but stay on the trail!! lol There is an over-under also that is very cool...over the bridge, loop around, and under the bridge. Great ride! You have to try it if you are in Tucson!!

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lance-armstrong on January 23, 2011
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Review: lots of work went in to it as i can tell. good all around trail

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tdbgwl on December 8, 2010
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Review: I've just started riding, but this trail was AWESOME! You can ride as much or as little as you want. There is one main trail with other trails that branch off if you want to try them. It was a good beginner ride, but it seemed like you could do a lot of growing there.

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AK_Dan on February 16, 2010
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Review: Kudos’s to the gang who built and maintains this great riding right in town! So much fun I did it twice. The main loop is almost 7 miles and is great for the novice rider looking to hone their skills or the more experienced just looking to crank out some twisty fun singletrack miles. Trails are all worn in and easy to follow, signage is plentiful and reflects an above average sense of humor adding to the overall fun factor of the place. Once you dive into the adjoining loops the riding becomes a little more challenging, steeper drops, tighter corners, noggin knockers, rockier trails, etc. The Burro Pit Loop has some of the thickest Cholla Forest I have ever ridden through, anyone not familiar with this riding hazard please see photo, (this maybe the perfect trail to take that noobie friend of yours who thinks they are invincible). Getting off the trail anywhere here is not advised! But all in all its good fun, right in town.

* Review edited 2/16/2010

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varn111 on April 27, 2009
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Review: Loved the trail!! I was a proud daddy taking my 14 year old boy out for his first mtb ride ever. This was a great beginner ride. Nothing to difficult with just enough good stuff to make it FUN!! For me, it was a great workout and will be an awesome stay in shape trail for those days when getting out of Tucson is not in the cards.

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vincimus on January 28, 2009
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Review: I have been riding for two decades. I started MTB'ing when I lived in Colorado Springs, lived in Durango, Co and in Utah, so believe me when I say that this trail ROCKS! Is it technical? No. Is it epic? No. What it is, is a great urban trail. Except for the occassional glimpse of traffic and houses, you won't think you are anywhere near a city. As an expert rider, I have had my share of epic rides, but every now and again I like to just cut loose and let my horses run and this trail allows me to do that. Beginner to expert will enjoy this trail. My favorite parts of the ride are the elbow slammer(?), the slide and the half pipe. I was having to much fun to stop and take photos of the elbow slammer or the slide, but life is better when there are surprises. The half pipe left me with big smile. Palmer Park, in Colorado Springs has nothing on this carnival ride. Word of caution! You will be side-swiping many a cactus plant, so pay attention as they do bite.* Review edited 1/28/2009

* Review edited 1/28/2009

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muppetfreak on September 17, 2008
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Review: There is a map at the entrance. Pick whatever trails and length you want.

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Leonidus on February 24, 2008
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Review: Fantasy Island was the sweetest, funnest and most adventurest ride I've ever been on. The trail is great single track with nothing else but mtn. bikes. This trail will give you a good work out, but there are no long seroius climbs. The whole trail is full of "woopdy-doo's and great cornering loops and turns. It's basically turns and going down and up washes, hills and dry river beds. The only climbing is climbing back up the wash, gully or river bed. so even though there are no mountains to climb, there are some steep and tuff hills to climb up that will deffenetly give you a good work out. This trail will excite and entertain every level of rider except newbies or inexperienced (or serverlly out-of-shape) beginners. The posted lenth on this site is way off though. The main loop is 6.6 miles long. There are 4-5 additional loops you can take that would turn it into a 13-14 mile (or so) trail. This trail borders the east side of the "Boneyard", (military plane scrapyard). I drove down from Mesa, (Phoenix) to ride this trail and it was by far well worth the 2-2 1/2 hr. drive. You will not be disapointed with this trail, even if you drive down from Phoenix to ride it. I haven't been able to shut up about it for the past 2 days. I'll remember my camera next time to post some better pics. I am already planning another trip down so I can ride it again. The "half-pipe" was awesome and is just what the name says it is. I defenetly became a better skilled rider by riding this trail. If you want to become a better skilled or technical rider, this is probabally the best place you could do it at. If you want scenic vistas, then this trail isn't for you. But if you want one of the most exciting, different and funnest trails in your life, then this is the trail for you!

* Review edited 2/24/2008

Similar Trail: Papago Park (Scottsdale)

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air_junkie on May 28, 2007
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Review: Great Trail! Rode it three days, whish I had a whole week. The NE corner was like a roller coaster, loved the Burro Pit and Over & Under loops. If you have the opportunity to visit Tucson, don't miss this place.* Review edited 5/28/2007

* Review edited 5/28/2007

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grandenene on January 17, 2007
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Review: This trail is truely a fantasy. No climbing but some great drop ins and a great desert ride. Unless your a strict DH rider this has almost everything a novice to advanced rider could want.

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BigBearHostel_com on June 6, 2006
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Review: I really enjoyed this trail. Hooked up with a local at Parking Lot and he led us through the best loops at good speed. Very exciting trail, always fun to ride different environments. Interesting Cacti (watch out!) and Air Force graveyard next door. Locals came out in force to preserve access to this trail, so MTBikers should be thankful. Cool 'art' along the trail. Ride as fast as you can and have a blast. Hot air killed the lungs for those of us not used to desert air. Not big climbs, but lots of fun drops into washes with short tech sections.

Similar Trail: The Loop Trail around Page, AZ.

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max on March 23, 2006
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Review: great fun, nothing technical, all swoopy singletrack, you just ride and ride. some fun drop offs, some fast parts, a great place to hone skills. i went in the morning, no one was there. it *IS* a fantasy island, well worth it. you are supposed to pay the $15 for a land permit/trail access, i guess i poached the trail cause i didn't pay. it is worth the 15 bucks if you ride it more than once though.

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Guest on November 14, 2005
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Review: I ride Fantasy Island Trails everyday. There are two main loops, the Lone Cactus (just over 6 Miles) and the Bunny Trail (also 6+ miles). They arefun, bunny is for beginners and Lone Cactus is very fun for people comfortable on a MTB. I really love riding the Burro Loop, though it is the best for some speed, twists and turns, drops etc!

Similar Trail: Some parts of the 50 Year Trail - The Chutes, and Chiva Falls.

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hurdaddy on November 8, 2005
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Review: Awesome singletrack! Only MTB riders here, no horses or hikers, one way trails so no oncoming traffic to worry about! Check out the "halfpipe" and the "shaft"! Tons of Fun!

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Fantasy Island MTB Trail 4.11 out of 5 based on 28 ratings. 28 user reviews.
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