Perfectly positioned just north of Tucson, is the thriving town of Oro Valley. Situated at the base of Pusch Ridge in the western foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains with the Tortolita Mountains to the west, Oro Valley is home to over 40,000 residents. Incorporated in 1974, Oro Valley is a relatively new suburban town rich with history.
Around 500 A.D. the Native American Hohokam Tribe resided in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains in Honeybee Village. In the early 16th century, the Apache Tribe migrated to Tucson, including Oro Valley.
In 1874, a German immigrant name George Pusch settled in Oro Valley, establishing a cattle ranch. Convincing a comrade named John Zellweger (Swiss immigrant) to move to Tucson, the two young visionaries pooled their resources together to purchase a portion of the Canada del Oro Ranch, renaming it Steam Pump Ranch, which was the place of their cattle ranch. This ranch was unique because it was home to one of only two steam pumps in the Arizona Territory.
Forwarding to today, Oro Valley is known as an "upscale tech mecca". The town's extensive walking paths, hiking trails, bike trails (part of the Chuck Huckelberry Loop aka "The Loop"), parks, unparalleled library programs, access to arts and recreation programs, as well as neighborhood communities entice newcomers to the area and continue to be supported by area residents.
Many families also call Oro Valley home, with roughly 60% of Oro Valley residents being under the age of 65 years old, according to the US Census Bureau. Oro Valley also has a master planned community called Rancho Vistoso. The master planned community of Rancho Vistoso is home to nearly 25% of Oro Valley residents, with roughly 7% of Rancho Vistoso homes situated along the Rancho Vistoso Golf Course. Within Rancho Vistoso is the active adult community of Sun City Oro Valley, where residents who are aged 55+ enjoy The Views Golf Club, tennis, swimming, and more.
If a master planned community isn't your thing, don't worry! Oro Valley offers homes on land, condos, townhomes, and even homes with MAJOR mountain views.
If hiking, biking, swimming, and archery (yes archery!) are your thing, then Oro Valley may just be the place for you! The town of Oro Valley offers Oro Valley residents, as well as surrounding residents a place to share comradery... The Oro Valley Community Center. Members of the town's community center are able to enjoy swimming, tennis, racquetball, fitness classes, a workout center, and the community center also has a restaurant called The Overlook, that offers inspirational views of the valley below and Tucson's many mountain ranges.
DINING Oro Valley offers area residents a mix of brand recognition dining, as well as locally owned dining options. Some of the favorites include:
SHOPPING Oro Valley offers residents daily conveniences in the town's shopping plazas. To date, Oro Valley's largest shopping plaza is the Oro Valley Marketplace. The marketplace offers shoppers a variety of conveniences such as:
GOLF Oro Valley is home to some of the best golf courses in the Tucson valley, offering private club membership to public courses. Both beginning golfers and proficient golfers will find Oro Valley's courses to be some of the best in the area.
HIKING Visitors will discover that Oro Valley residents LOVE the outdoors. Hiking is a popular outdoor activity in the area, and with a variety of hiking trails available in Oro Valley, you're sure to find a trail that suits your ability. One popular trailhead is the Honeybee Canyon Trailhead. Well known for the petroglyphs left behind by the Hohokam people living in the area at the time, the Honeybee Canyon Trailhead is a great choice if you're looking for a gentle hike. Take a look at the Oro Valley hiking trails map and discover Oro Valley.
RESORTS + HOTELS Oro Valley is home to the magnificently positioned resort, The Hilton El Conquistador that is nestled at the bottom of the Pusch Ridge, providing phenomenal views of the gold valley below. Five minutes north of Oro Valley is the posh all-inclusive resort of Miraval Arizona, which services many Oro Valley visitors.
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