great hike with beautiful vistas

This easy hike had some surprising, beautiful rock formations, including some places to scramble around and explore. It pretty easy, too, for our older dog to manage. I would definitely go again.

Initially you will be hiking in a sandy wash area. Be on the

I hiked both the North and South trails.

South trail is where the stone bridge (seen in the photos) is located. The ramadas and toilets are also located here. The toilets are in piss-poor condition (pun intended), and the actual trail is not clearly marked. These are the reasons for my low rating.

North trail is where the petroglyphs are located. You must hike through the wash and under the overpass. The petroglyphs are on a low rock face, on the left, near the end of the wash.

Great small hike in beautiful country!

Great short dog-friendly hike! The petroglyphs are at the end of the trail, just before the cement wall. They are on and around a rock formation on your left near the end of the trail at the following coordinates:
N 32 28 072 W 110 58 065

The parking lot is located at 13880 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Honebee Canyon is Arizona's finest and most scenic trailhead. Great course for riders of all levels. This is a windy, curvy, slurvy trail that is a loop trail. Takes about 3 hrs to do. Scenery is magnificent. Big enduro trail that is ideal on a front shock suspension bike....or NO suspension. Check out The Arizona Bicycle Association's site at for directions and more info. There is an outfit that delivers and picks up bikes to these trails at

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I love honeybee canyon. It's an easy hike through a wash. My almost 3 year old can hike with me I. This trail. Great petroglyphs at the end.

Monday, February 27, 2017


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ok, lets correct the directions. The address given here is in a gated community with an unhappy guard. Go to Honeybee canyon park. It's the opposite end of the trail from how it's described here- if u look at routes people posted, some of them did the same. Go into the park toward the loop trail, but veer right (north) to the wash, go under the highway, continue along the wash. The petroglyphs are about a mile up.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I'm new to the area. Moved here from the PNW. Totally different type of hiking, but this is my first hike here and I really enjoyed it. Loved the stone bridge and once through that part, the vegetation in the wash was pretty. Great views. The trail could be marked a bit better. There were times my family and I deviated off the path because it wasn't apparent which way to go and we missed the petroglyphs. However, that just means I'll be back to see that part again since I'm a little more familiar with the hike now. Overall: good.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Very sandy but flat and easy. The rock with the petroglyphs is at the end.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

This is an easy hike, but still very enjoyable. Interestingly, I have seen a lot of animals on this hike before, even though it is fairly close to many houses.

The hike is even nice as a simple walk during evenings, because the sunset views are beautiful.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

I live just a few miles from Honey Bee Canyon Park. Nice for a free, small, and easy-going hike. Very well kept.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

I took my little dog out for a little walk up the wash. It was a beautiful sunny day and we made it about a half hour up the trail when she gave up due to the summer heat. Nice trail and we'll go back when it's cooler.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Nice easy trail. About 50 ft. from the fence that goes across the wash, you can follow a trail up the hill on your right to loop back around to where you started. Or you can just turn around and go back but that makes it a very short hike. Up the hill is a little tougher but not bad. I lost the trail at the top of the hill and just bush-whacked down the other side. The vegetation is sparse so its not hard to do. Its a quick trail if you're just looking to get out for a bit. It was less than an hour for me and I was taking my time.

Well maintained restrooms, water fountains, and ramadas are at the trailhead. You can also access the Honeybee North Trail from here which is a little longer but more level. Do both trails and you'll kill a few hours.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Did this trail a couple of weeks ago. Nice beginner trail down a sandy wash. Climbed up to a rock about 15ft. above the trail and had lunch near the end. Indian petroglyphs, some wildlife, and interesting rock formations. Didn't expect much being so close to the road and houses but it turned out nice. Only takes about an hour if you take your time and explore a little. You can also access the trailhead from Tangerine rd. turning at the Safeway on Rancho Vistoso. This puts you on the same side of the road as the pullout. It can be a little hard to spot, its got a small sign that says "park entrance". Very well kept restrooms and water fountains at trailhead. You can also access the Honeybee south trail from here.

4 months ago

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