Along I-19 in Southern Arizona, there is a point just beyond Tucson where urban traffic thins out and distance is shown on interstate signs in kilometers instead of miles. The scenery suddenly changes from mountainous, desert terrain to a peaceful valley and lush green landscape speckled with cactus; accented with a distinct sense of a hometown arrival. This is the Santa Cruz River Valley, and home to Sahuarita and Green Valley. There is a unique spirit within these two communities where residents appreciate and embrace their historical roots and harmoniously blend the past, present and future into the growth of the community.
Green Valley-Sahuarita is a gateway to opportunity - geographically, economically, and even socially. Sahuarita is home to many young families and professionals while Green Valley is the perfect place for any active adult. Connecting walkways, a community lake, and multiple golf courses are a few of the features that make these communities unique and special. From here, you are a mere 20 minutes from Tucson amenities (including an international airport) with Mexico just 40 miles to the south. With seemingly endless options for outdoor activities in nearby Madera Canyon, community involvement in clubs and organizations, and art and history to discover along the I-19, there is much to take advantage of in the area. The people of Sahuarita and Green Valley are proud and supportive of one another, and their collaborative vision for the future will appeal to those who are interested in starting a business or relocating to the region.
And one of the best-kept secrets? Year-round great weather, so it’s always a great day to explore and experience Sahuarita and Green Valley!
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Arts & Culture (Recommended up to 2)
Family-oriented culture is the base of these two communities and the reason that so many find this region so appealing - above and beyond all of the other amenities the region offers. Community beautification makes a walk in the park something special for everyone and regular community events like the Sahuarita Creative Arts Market encourage residents to come out and enjoy what the community has to offer while also engaging with one another.
Join a group of passionate gardeners for seminars, events, and the local “plant” culture. If you are fascinated by the desert landscape or are looking for tips and tricks from the experts, this is the place for you to check out.
Whether you are a local looking to get involved in the scene, or a visitor looking to check out some shows, this community arts center should be your first stop for a taste of Sahuarita culture.
This is a great spot for a local date night and family fun. Take a few hours to watch the latest releases while enjoying some popcorn and candy with your loved ones at one of the Sahuarita community’s prized possessions.
Family is at the forefront of this community, and this shines through in their local art scene. In the parks, you will discover an array of colorful murals. We recommend going on a “mural scavenger hunt” for added fun!
Nothing brings the local artists out quite like festivals and events dedicated to celebrating the Sahuarita art scene. Check out the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance for a list of all the happenings and celebrations.
History, Heritage, & Tradition (Recommended up to 4)
Archaeology shows that there have been human inhabitants in this region for up to 13,000 years. Although, the majority of the growth of the region has taken place during the last 30 years (Sahuarita has grown from 1,900 people in 1994 to more than 30,000 residents!), historical sites such as Canoa Ranch who called this region home for many years prior are still open to the public for exploration and understanding of regional history.
Make a reservation for a guided tour of this historic ranch and learn about the local history of the Canoa ranching community. Pima County restored this historic site. Their efforts and passionate volunteers make each visit truly memorable.
This museum is an incredible place to learn about U.S. history during the Cold War era. Guided tours include an immersive visit to an underground missile complex and a simulated experience.
Wine & Dine (Recommended up to 4)
When you enjoy a meal out in either Sahuarita or Green Valley, it's an opportunity to see and appreciate the community’s pride. It’s also an opportunity to try the best pizza in Santa Cruz Valley or a highly praised authentic Pho Vietnamese soup (should your heart desire).
El Checo is well known in the region for their bean burritos and their Sonoran Dogs. You’ll never get tired of how delicious some of these meals actually are.
This spot has the Mexican dishes we know and love. From menudo to enchiladas, their tasty meals are as picture perfect as they are delicious. Do yourself a favor and visit the El Rodeo team for breakfast - eggs benedict? Yes please!
The local food is usually a great way to find entertainment and good food all in one place. Join local food producers and locals on Wednesday mornings for an array of food from over 80 local vendors and small businesses.
Javelina Run Winery is inspired by all things desert and has been serving up snacks and drinks to the Sahuarita community since 2019. Stop by for their famous Bruschetta Skewers to pair with your wine and great company.
Looking for some authentic Asian cuisine? Look no further than this Green Valley restaurant. With traditional and locally loved dishes, you won’t regret stopping by this spot for lunch - in fact we’re sure you’ll be back soon!
Green Valley-Sahuarita is home to a small-town pizzeria that is loved by travelers and locals. Indulge in the house special of the week, specialty pizzas like the Desert Barbecue, or your favorite Italian dish.
Outdoor Sports & Recreation (Recommended up to 2)
This region offers activities for people of all ages and interests. 11 miles to the east of Green Valley is Madera Canyon where there is biking, hiking, and some of the best birding in North America. There are more than 13 recreation centers between the two communities offering something for everyone. And let’s not forget the golf!
Rural Arizona is home to many Gateway Communities that lead to the significant Arizona Trail. The trail spans 800 miles of Arizona terrain.. Check out their website to learn more about the Sahuarita and Green Valley portions of the trail.
his Sahuarita spot is a great place to learn about the impact and history of mining. Learn about the ins and outs of the industry, the process of mining and tour an actual live mine. Insider tip. Call in advance when planning your visit!
If you are looking for bike services and parts be sure to visit the Green Valley Bike Hub. Not needing a service? Just stop in for a chat about the best biking trails and spots with this friendly crew.
Green Valley is a great place to get some golf in under the Southern Arizona sun. Stop in for a day of fun at the 9 and 18 course outings. This is a great and low key place for a golf outing in Green Valley.
This haven is a serene example of the beauty and environmental diversity of the Santa Rita Mountains. Madera Canyon is a pristine park for picnicking, hiking, and birding. We recommend you make time for this local gem during your visit.
Rancho Sahuarita is a haven for all families looking to live a fun and luxurious lifestyle in Sahuarita. This private neighborhood has all the amenities to keep your loved ones entertained. Enjoy hiking, to parks, pools, and splash pads.
Head to Sahuarita for the ultimate relaxation experience. Book your massage, skincare, and spa appointments at this all-inclusive spot. You can even book a double massage or enjoy true pampering with their Getaway Package.
Anyone looking to enhance their relaxing stay in this peaceful community would greatly appreciate a visit to Sahuarita Lake. This man-made lake is seasonally stocked with fish and is a great place to enjoy some coffee or some lunch.
Local Lodging (Recommended up to 2)
Green Valley-Sahuarita has it all for a family-friendly getaway. While you are in between restaurants, historic sites, and outdoor recreational opportunities you might be looking for a comfortable place to stay. Check out some of these local lodging spots!
As the city of Tucson grew, Madera Canyon, formerly Whitehouse Canyon, became an escape from the summer heat in the valley. By the 1900s, summer cottages and year-round residents called the canyon home. Today, Madera Canyon continues to be a unique natural resource for birders, hikers, picnickers, artists, photographers, researchers and nature lovers alike.