July 14, 2017
BENEFITING: International Mountain Bicycling Association
Help SDMB build the Big Wash Trail!
The Honeybee trail system in Oro Valley, AZ is one of the most popular trail systems in Southeastern Arizona, with more than 25 miles of flowing desert singletrack for riders of all ability levels. In 2016 issues with neighboring landowners led to the closure of the primary access point for the Honeybee trails, making it increasingly difficult to get into the trail system and causing a proliferation of illegal access trails. SDMB, along with other local MTB and trail advocates, has been working hard with the Town of Oro Valley and Pima County NRPR to identify and develop a permanent, legal access point to the Honeybee trails. The Big Wash Trail is that access point. It will run up Big Wash from Tangerine Road (just west of where it intersects with Innovation Park Dr.) under Rancho Vistoso Blvd. and to the Arizona State Land Department boundary. The first section of trail to be built will run 1.3 mi. from Rancho Vistoso Blvd. to the AZSLD boundary, with future sections connecting down to Tangerine Road and up to the Tortolitas. Oro Valley is doing their part by securing the trailhead location at Rancho Vistoso Blvd. and paying the closing costs on the trail corridor. Pima County NRPR is doing their part by acquiring the land for the trail corridor and working to connect Big Wash with the Honeybee trails and the Tortolitas. It’s time for mountain bikers and all trail users to do our part! The Big Wash Trail Fund will pay for the archeological survey on the trail corridor from Tangerine Road to the AZSLD, and for the costs associated with building the trail through a series of volunteer work events in fall 2017. Please make your tax-deductible donation today to help us build the Big Wash Trail and secure community access to the Honeybee Trail System!