One of the more popular, easy to access day hikes in the Oro Valley area is Honey Bee Canyon Hiking Trail. It’s an out-and-back hike that can be anywhere from 2 to 4 miles, depending on where you choose to make your u-turn.
The park itself is conveniently located in Oro Valley and offers complimentary parking lot and a number of picnic tables to be enjoyed as well. The ramada’s are often freely available, but if you’re planning a gathering, you might want to make reservations through the Oro Valley Parks by visiting their website: www.orovalleyaz.gov/parksandrec/parks/honey-bee-canyon-park
With the park itself being part of a 2012 public works expansion project, it is relatively new. The nice thing about that is that it’s less widely known, therefore making it less busy than many other convenient, nearby hiking trails.
The trail itself is primarily made up of a creek bed that provides the opportunity to be up close and personal with many majestic saguaro cactus while also offering great views of Mt. Lemmon at the summit of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Another benefit enjoyed by many on this trail is the fact that it is dog friendly, but also something to keep in mind for those who aren’t so fond of that idea.
Even though you’re never far from town, always remember that you are hiking in a desert. As such, be sure to bring plenty of water with you, even if you don’t plan to be out very long. Always let someone know where you’re headed and when you expect to be back, and bring your fully charged cell phone with you too.
Wondering what others think about this trail? Here are some recent comments left by hikers:
Located at 13880 N Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755
Follow these directions if you’re coming from the Tucson area:
Driving Directions Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ASoUoUBM8nQsULiM6
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