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Fantasy Island

Average Rating:    (4.39 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 61

What visually seems to be a flat trail is very deceiving. Once on the trail expect fast straight-aways after some technical turns and sharp revenes. No need to hike-it, this trail has everything but no dismounts required.
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Latitude
32.161226879563614
Longitude
-110.7890510559082
Trail Directions
From downtown Tucson, take Golf Liks Rd. east to Harrison Rd. Turn Right on Harrison Rd. and go to end where Harrison and Irvington meet. Turn left and drive about 200 yards and park off road. Trail starts behind fenceline near intersevtion. Riders must have permits to ride on city land.
Trail Length
18
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Tucson
   


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Review Date
November 22, 2014

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Brad ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Beginner to intermediate desert single track. I was visiting from out of town and found these trails to be a lot of fun.

Recommended Route:
Beginners should start at South trailhead on Valencia Rd and take the Bunny Trail. Intermediate riders can start on the North trailhead on Irvington



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Review Date
February 1, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: clintadel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I'm from phoenix, and a friend put together a trip for a bunch of us to ride all day after camping. The only word I can think of to describe the trails is RAD!!! I had just converted my bike to single speed, and it is single speed paradise. I would also rate the trail beginner-intermediate. There is just a bunch of fun things to do along the trails, and being on the single speed was perfect for it all.

Recommended Route:
Start on the north side entrance and ride everything. Make a day of it.



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Review Date
May 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Mullet3 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I was in southern AZ, on military TDY, and got steered to this trail. It is by far the best trail I found in SE AZ. The difficulty is beginer to intermediate. There are lots of flats and rolling terrain, not very technical. It feels like a park rather than a trail system, but it is lots of fun. The trail isn't filled with an ungodly amount of babyheads, like most of the trails I found in the area. You can spend a good 3 hours trying to hit it all. The locals were very friendly and helpful.

Recommended Route:
I started on the northern side and rode whatever I had time for.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I drove from Sierra Vista, because it was worth the trip, the best I could find. I heard there are other good trails around Tucson.



Comments
bmxmtber (07/14/2008)
ya F.I. is nice but nothing beats bug springs
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Review Date
September 26, 2007

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 7.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Randall XC ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Contrary to the description found in Cosmic Ray's book, overall this is NOT a fast trail. It was really hard to get into a flow on this ride. It was my first time riding here and I have to say, I didn't like it. Here's why: Fast flats lasting 1-3 minutes with small rollers and shallow banks (that's the good part), then. . .descend a fairly steep, short, gravel filled rut into a sand wash. Power your way through the sandy wash and ascend a fairly steep, short, gravel filled rut up the other side. The gravel is more like scree--loose and shifty rocks ranging from baseball to volleyball-size. Dodge ball your way down, hope you don't fall, and dodge ball your way up, rear wheel pushing rocks all around while the front wheel tries to keep a line.
I lost count how many times this happened in the 6.5 mile loop, maybe 20 +/-. Hard to get into a flow. Like making love and having to stop every two minutes to change a light bulb or take out the trash or . . .you get the point.

Recommended Route:
Salt Lake City, Coeur D'Alene, I'm pretty much over Arizona

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pima and Dynamite in Scottsdale.



Comments
padre1027 (12/25/2007)
September is probably the worst time to ride any trail in Arizona. Most have a lot of damage due to the monsoon season. Fantasy Island is back in awesome condition now (as usual by December) and rocks!
caverdude (06/20/2008)
Dude come back when you know how to ride. Fantasy Island is not technically nor aerobically tough. I'm not sure where you found volleyball sized rocks on the trail either.
This ride is well worth all the hard work that the locals have put into developing this trail system. A big thank you for all their effort!!
crashingbad (06/26/2009)
dude, it sounds like youve never ridden it. first, there are NO "short, gravel filled rut"s and there are only 2 sandy washes on the main loop ( lone cactus, 6.5 miles). there is no scree, and absolutely no volleyball sized rocks. this review is horrible and very inaccurate. right another review when youve learned how to ride and have ridden it more than once. THIS TRAIL SYSTEM IS AWESOME!!!!
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Review Date
May 15, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: DIRT DAZE ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This a a great place to ride and in composed of amatuer to intermediate level singletrack. Like others have said, its difficulty depends on how fast you go. For the most part, it is gentle rolling. Short desents into washes, then back up the other side. There are some nice, cross country type sections as well. There are a few tiny jumps, a short drop near the Halfpipe, a few sharp rises that, if hit fast enough, can earn you some nice air. Fantasy is almost all one way, so its hard to get lost. But in Arizona Heat, take a map just in case.

Recommended Route:
There are two entrances. I prefer the Valencia entrance. You pick up the bunny loop from here. Then a few minutes in, I make a right onto the Snake Dance loop. This is an easy loop with tight turns and tons of Cacti. I run the Dance loop back to the Bunny, then on to the Dead Cow, my favorite loop. Try it out and have fun!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
50 year trail, Starr Pass.



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