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    Tuscon trip trip question (hotel area+trail)

    Hi all,

    I'm visiting Tuscon for the first time from Canada for about 3-4 days at the end of February with my wife. We are intermediate riders. We like XC that really flows. We plan to ride for at least two days.

    1. What part of Tuscon should we stay in? We might check out downtown one afternoon but for the most part want to ride and hike. Would it be smarter to be out by the foothills or Oro Valley?

    2. We will be renting a vehicle and dont want to fuss with a bike rack. I see that tusconbikerentals.org will deliver and pickup bikes to the HoneyBee Canyon trail loop or Sweetwater. This seems like one of the only options I can find....Does anyone have any other suggestions? I'd be happy to rent from any bike shop that is close enough to let me ride to a trail system.

    Thanks very much.

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    Try Homegrown MTB. They do rentals of nice bikes and shuttles.

    There isn't a ton of places to stay and ride right out of unless you don't mind some pavement.

    If I was from out of town, I'd get someone to shuttle to Box Canyon Rd, then ride back to Gabe Zimmerman TH or Pistol Hill on the AZT. Honeybee on the NW side is great flowy XC as well.
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    evdog posted this on another site....

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    Honeybee trails in Oro Valley (see trailforks)
    24 Hour old Pueblo course
    Sweetwater trails
    Fantasy Island
    AZT south of Tucson
    Sopori trails south on hwy 83 (trailforks)

    For 50 yr, fantasy Island, honeybee you need a $15 state land trust permit
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    Thanks Fish for the recommendation! Tara at Homegrownmtb.com can get you squared away with nice new Carbon Fiber squishees, guides, trail beta, transportation etc. Check the other guys' reviews and then check Homegrowns'. HG has it down and they actually ride and volunteer hundreds of hours/year working on Tucson's trails. They are vested in the community and the trails.

    As for hotels, you can stay at JW Marriott Starr Pass as there are trails right outside the back door but if you're Canadian, I suspect you want steep and technical, so you'll likely enjoy riding on Mount Lemmon. In which case, I would recommend Ventana Canyon(Eastside). These are nice hotels and likely a little pricey, but as I said, Tara can hook you up with everything you need from Hotel recommendations within any budget to great Mexican food and breweries. Tara at HG (520)237-0129

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