Parks & Rec

Get Active in Oro Valley

IN THE 36 SQUARE MILES THAT MAKE UP ORO VALLEY, there are plenty of ways to keep you active. From hiking to cycling to running and everything in between, Oro Valley—a sports haven in the Sonoran Desert and just a 10-mile ride from downtown Tucson—is an athlete’s playground.

And you can keep your eyes on the majestic views all the while.

One of the first things you’ll notice about Oro Valley is its location right up against the Santa Catalina Mountains and prominent Pusch Ridge. It’s a backdrop for everything and enriches your experience. Or you can get a closer look and take a hike or grab your mountain bike and tackle the 50 Year Trail from Oro Valley into Catalina State Park.

Thanks to the gorgeous weather coupled with the wide streets, cyclists from all over the world spend time in Southern Arizona—and Oro Valley—throughout the year training for big rides, including the iconic El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol, which travels through about 20 miles of Oro Valley each November.

Other sporting events also make use of Oro Valley’s idyllic location. Holualoa Tucson Marathon and Half-Marathon, a winter staple for runners, passes through the town in December, and the Arizona Distance Classic takes place entirely in Oro Valley each March.

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