Honey Bee Canyon Trail
Oro Valley, Arizona
Honey Bee Canyon Trail Oro Valley Reviews
Family Recreation Hiking Experience Apr 09, 2010
At a little over 2 miles round trip, the Honey Bee Canyon Trail is an enjoyable hike to be experienced by a family. It is not always easy to find a trail in Tucson that families can enjoy as a whole. There are many different shorter hikes, however the Honey Bee is relatively easy and scenic. It offers great views and an easy, but enjoyable hike. When you first start it, there is a very suburban feel to it because of the numerous homes within a couple hundred yards of the trail, but then they become unobtrusive and barely visible once you make it to the wash. To get to the trail, take Oracle road North wards from Ina for about 7 miles. Turn Left at Rancho Vistoso Boulevard for 3.2 miles then turn left into the parking lot. Be careful of the median that divides the road, make a circle back into the parking lot.
The Trail: The trail lies along the base of the scenic Pusch Ridge Mountains and the Sonora Deseert surrounding making it enjoyable for adults and children alike. It is a short enough trail to take children of varying ages. This is a trail recommended to all classes of people especially the whole family and the elderly who care to enjoy the out doors.
The Hike: A choice of two paths from the trail-head is available to choose from, all leading to the wash. The trail follows the sand wash bed for nearly half a mile to the Rancho Vistoso boulevard bridge. This is a decent hike, however it is important to beware of your surroundings, for the next mile, you could see snakes and other reptiles like lizards. The views along the way are stunningly breath-taking, the Pusch Ridge Mountains, named after pioneer George Pusch, a German pioneer most famously known for establishing the Steam Pump Ranch in the 1800s in Oro Valley. The Giant Saguaro cacti reminding you of your surrounding and of the beauty of the Sonora Desert.
What to bring:
1.Water, even though there are water fountains along the the way it is highly recommended that you carry at least 2 bottles of drinking water
2.A bottle of Gatorade is recommended for hikes longer than a mile to help with hydration and replacement of lost energy. The Arizona sun brings with it high levels of dehydration.
3.Hiking bots and long pants to avoid the desert plants with evolved defense systems, most of the desert plants have prickly thorns or stickers that will prick, sting or bite
4.Sun screen for the sun
5.Small snack for the little ones
7.Hiking stick for the elderly
8.Camera for photos of the great views
The Honey Bee Park is maintained by Oro Valley Parks and Recreations
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