Oro Valley

Feast your eyes. Tucson’s northern neighbor, Oro Valley, has knockout views of not one, but two mountain ranges. And it’s a fine place for families – both the two-legged and four-legged kind.

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Strike gold with Oro Valley’s dynamic multi-use trail system.

Oro Valley means “Valley of Gold” in Spanish, a reference that dates to a time when prospectors were searching for their fortune. Nowadays the riches of this bedroom community refer to its stunning location: folks are floored by views of the rugged Santa Catalina and Tortolita Mountains that flank town. But its not just views. Oro Valley has topped several national “best of” lists for its laid-back, family friendly demeanor.

Oro Valley’s trails are ranked as gold level by the American League of Bicyclists. The city is the starting point for the annual 40-mile El Tour de Tucson, which attracts thousands of cyclists from across the United States on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, when the weather couldn’t be better.

Check into one of the area resorts for commanding views of Pusch Ridge. Then set out to explore Santa Catalina Park, a gateway to 5,500 acres of pristine desert offering all-season camping, hiking (including frequent guided ranger walks), and horseback riding.

Oro Valley is also home to the Tohono Chul Park – home to the rare, once-a-year-flowering Queen of the Night cacti – a competition-class Aquatic Center, and a wonderful gift store at the Western National Parks Association. From November through June, the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center hosts free outdoor music. Whatever you choose to do, keep your eyes peeled during both day and evening excursions: you might spot wildlife families including Gambel’s quail and javelina.

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Just The Facts

For Visitor information

11000 N. La Cañada Dr. | AZ | (520) 229-4700 | www.orovalleyaz.gov

County It all started How High? Head Count
Pima 1974 2,543ft 41,011

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