Visit Oro Valley
Tucson's Neighbor to the North
Tucson is a feast of natural beauty, but we have to admit: When it comes to views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, there's no topping Oro Valley, our "small-town" neighbor to the north.
Less than half an hour from downtown Tucson up Oracle Road (State Route 77), Oro Valley was incorporated in 1974 and has a population just under 40,000. Its "Valley of Gold" name harkens back to a time when the area drew prospectors eager to find their fortune.
Though the rumors that the area was rich with gold proved false, Oro Valley is rich in natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and a small-town, family-friendly culture that's landed it on several "best place to live" lists in recent years.
Among other highlights, Oro Valley is home to Tohono Chul Park, the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort and a fantastic Aquatic Center if you're looking to get wet!