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Level: Intermediate
Length: 19 mi (30.6 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +384/302 ft
Total: 183 riders
 

Mountain Biking Fantasy Island

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#54 of 422 mountain bike trails in Arizona
#1412 in the world

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.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
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Trail head is south of Harrison Rd. and Irvington Rd. on Tucson's southeast side.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Tucson, Arizona

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Intermediate | 8 mi

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Q: where is the entrance to the fantasy island mountain bike trails
A: Harrison Rd and Irvington Rd, to the south. Also Valencia near Frost to the east of intersection.

Q: Can you hike fantasy island
A: No, It is strictly a biking trail. There is a path to the north of the Bunny Trail that is a 40 mile loop that goes all around Tucson that you can walk/hike, there will be some area where it turns to dirt. Please notify me if you have another questions at schlenkerj40@gmail.com as I ride the bunny and bunny's revenge trail every Saturday.

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  • Christopher M
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    Pretty standard Tucson riding, little to no elevation and the loops are marked to a degree but it would be hard to get lost. There is more technically challenging parts toward the north end of the park. There is a bunch of parking and the trailhead is easy to find. Should be on your list if you are visiting Tucson.

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  • TK34
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    I'll call this 3 stars, but I try to be stingy with the ratings and you should include this loop on your Tucson visit. A flow trail with minimal climbing and minimal tech, so its as fast as you want to be. Not much for scenery, but its a solid loop.

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  • NationWIDE
    *****

    Great place to practice turns and take in some awesome desert riding scenery. After riding this place for a few days my turn speed improved a ton. Take the Bunny Trail Loop to get a feel for the trail layout then branch out into the side trails for more fun. Any skill level for the bunny loop - some of the off shoot loops have a bit more technical features and are lengthy. Bring a spare tube and watch out for the cactus!

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  • rhulsey
    ****

    Nice flowy singletrack. Nothing real technical (somewhere between green and blue rating). A lot of fun, especially with some speed. Easy to get turned around on if it is cloudy, but hard to really get lost. Mostly dirt, a very few, short rock sections, and a lot of dipping into/out of arroyos. A few jumps (easily bypassed here and there).

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  • Jake Bell
    *****

    First time being out at Fantasy Island. I loved it! As a beginner I felt comfortable enough to ride most of the loops. Although I did wipe out on half pipe pretty hard it was a great ride. Kudos to the local community for such a gem

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  • Ivan Bartos
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    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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  • RobertBrz2
    *****

    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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  • TuacaTom
    ****

    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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  • Maxwell Roe
    ****

    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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  • BFDiese
    *****

    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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  • wfool
    *****

    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.

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  • IamJdizzle
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    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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  • skelldify
    ***

    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
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    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
    *****

    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
    ****

    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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  • Timothyfluegge
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    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.

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