Introduction to Oro Valley, Arizona
Oro Valley, Arizona, in Pima county, is 11 miles N of Tucson, Arizona. The town is located in the Tucson metropolitan area.
Oro Valley History
Prior to the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors in the early 16th century, the Apache tribe of Native Americans occupied this region. A German immigrant by the name of George Pusch settled in Oro Valley in 1874. He established a cattle ranch here. Pusch Ridge was named in his honor. Oro Valley experienced dramatic population growth after World War II. The town of Oro Valley was incorporated in 1974.
Oro Valley and nearby Attractions
- Bell House
- Romero Ranch
- Oro Valley Public Library
- Sausaulito Creek
- Oro Valley Country Club Golf Course
- Catalina State Park
Things To Do In Oro Valley
Oro Valley provides easy access to a number of interesting sites nearby. The Bells House, which was the private estate of Alexander Graham Bell in the early 1940s, is located just south of the town. The Romero Ranch and the Steam Pump Ranch date back to the 19th century, and are popular tourist spots. Golf enthusiasts would also enjoy visiting the Oro Valley Country Club Golf Course and the El Conquistador Golf Course to enjoy a round. The Catalina State Park also offers a number of hiking and backpacking trails.
Oro Valley Transportation
Davis-Monthan AFB Airport is close by.
Oro Valley Higher Education
Opportunities for higher education are offered by the University of Arizona and Pima Community College.