Town of Oro Valley
Tucson's neighbor to the north blends recreation, art, and nature for a character all its own.
The Town of Oro Valley is three miles north of Tucson at the base of local landmark Pusch Ridge, with views of both the Tortolita Mountains and the Tucson skyline. Naturally a haven for hiking, birding, biking, and horseback riding, it offers more than 50 miles of trails and paths set against the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains, with many more options at nearby Catalina State Park. For golfing, notable El Conquistador Golf & Tennis featuring two exceptional courses.
The panoramic views inspire artists of all kinds, whose works fill local galleries, studios, and public spaces. Sculptures and other large installations are among more than 200 pieces displayed in the community. The town hosts free guided tours of public art* twice monthly, and an interactive map identifies every item and its artist. And one of the largest regional art events in the Southwestern United States, Oro Valley Spring Festival of the Arts, showcases some of the best art, music, and food.
Art galleries are also part of the experience at Tohono Chul, a cultural museum and nature preserve named "One of the World's Great Botanical Gardens" by Travel + Leisure. Over at The National Parks Store, authentic American Indian art and jewelry, as well as handmade Mexican crafts, are among the items available. Fans of live theater productions pack the Gaslight Music Hall.
Though Oro Valley's name dates to the 1800s and unproven rumors of gold (oro in Spanish) deposits, it is truly rich in natural beauty, outdoor adventure, and public art. And with its family-friendly culture, it's no wonder this town of 45,184 has landed on several "best places to live" lists in recent years.
* Due to COVID-19, Oro Valley's Guided Public Art Tours have been temporarily canceled. They will resume when it is safe to do so. Thank you for your understanding.
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