Fantasy Island

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.21 out of 5
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Intermediate
19
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
2,819
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
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.
added by Guest May 4, 2005
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Can you hike fantasy island -Guest

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Q: Do I need a permit -Guest

A: Yes, you need an Arizona State Land Use Permit. You can find the form here: https://land.az.gov/natural-resources/recreational-permits. Unfortunately you have to mail it in, they do not have an online payment option.

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Reviews (37)
 

Granny Gear

April 28, 2016
 
Review: What a fun place to ride. Definitely built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Unlike most other MTB trails here in Tucson, I've never encountered a hiker (unless carrying a disabled bike) horseback rider or trail runner...this is all about mountain biking. Man made features accentuate the natural undulating terrain: there are a few steep descents, mega loose rock and some sandy spots, and table top jumps, a half-pipe cut into a natural wash, and really tight turns. Cholla cactus abound in this park, and you will invariably wear some if you aren't careful. I usually add a set of hemostats to my gear before heading out that way. There are some beginner loops and the rest are mostly intermediate, but can certainly become advanced sections should you decide to ride at full speed. Finally, the entire trail system has been laid out to be "one-way" which is fairly unique in my experience, but allows a person to ride as fast as they think they can! PS...you will, however, encounter those that can't seem to figure the whole "one way" thing out and you might encounter them unexpectedly (happened to me a couple of times now) but, hey....you can't fix stupid, I reckon.

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February 22, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Great all around set of trails for both the beginner and more advanced.

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Granny Gear

February 19, 2016
RobertBrz2 Granny Gear  
 
Review: WOW...I am only in Tucson for a few days and this kind of riding in February is amazing... Wonderful trail system and friendly locals...I rode about 5 miles in 45 minutes as the sun was setting. Absolutely gorgeous...and the friendly locals made sure I knew how to get back to my car the quickest as the ligth was quickly fading...All in all a great riding aarea...I will visit here again.

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Gramcounter


December 30, 2015
TuacaTom Gramcounter  
 
Review: Terrific trail system inside city limits. Perfect for beginners when riding the 3 loops in the south section and great training for intermediate riders when riding the 6 loops in the north section at elevated speeds.

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Granny Gear

December 28, 2015
 
Review: Well laid out format for intermediate riding. Many fast turns and fun terrain. No challenging technical climbing but there are few few spots to get airborne. Watch out for the cholla!

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Granny Gear

May 17, 2015
BFDiese Granny Gear  
 
Review: I've been riding this system of loops since the first lone cactus loop was scratched in by Chuck Boyer using the heel of his boot in the mid 90s Since then numerous Spurs have taken off from this central core loop. Keep taking right turns and catch them all. This trail system is a serious green circle at the southern bunny trail side (although if you wash out on a sandy turn you'll be buying some cholla decorations). The northern section can be ridden cautiously as an intermediate or if taken at full speed it is an advanced trail. Numerous opportunities exist for "tricks and big air" through out the course. There's a table top jump to be had at the half way point on the Christmas tree loop. There's "over and under" - which BTW didn't originally have a bridge - you actually had to jump the gap then shoot down through the open pylons. "Drop in" to the wash just after you clear the "under" for an elevator shaft of an experience. Toward the end of dead cow loop blaze over the top of the last big drop for another elevator shaft thrill. Numerous humps scattered throughout the course allow for some fun air and tail kick outs. Get familiar with the course and you'll discover many fun spots - that's why it's called fantasy island

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Gramcounter

March 16, 2015
 
Review: Dry and fast! Trail s in great shape.

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Doubletrack


January 8, 2015
wfool Doubletrack  
 
Review: This was a very fun trail. It was fast with plenty of challenge in places. I loved the trail through the desert and the quirky trail markers.

Similar Trail: Sweetwater Preserve, Tucson Mountain Trail

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Bunny Hop

October 15, 2014
IamJdizzle Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I live minutes from this trail system and ride it every chance i get. Very fun cross country mountain biking. Main trail has some unique features including a half pipe. The system features many different trails and in total i believe its up to 26 miles in length if you ride all the trails.

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Gramcounter

February 14, 2014
skelldify Gramcounter  
 
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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Fantasy Island MTB Trail 4.21 out of 5 based on 37 ratings. 37 user reviews.
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