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Oro Valley

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  • Day105

    Catalina SP, Mount Lemmon, Solar Power

    February 26 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    Spent the week at Catalina SP and loved this place so much. Tyson got to cycle up & down Mount Lemmon, eat In & Out Burger, mtn bike with his buddy Steffan, and buy new hiking boots. I got to shop at Trader Joe’s, hike and mtn bike around the campground, scout out Oro Valley via their paved bike paths, and have a friend set-up camp with us. And we discovered Total Wine, an alcoholic beverage store that’s beyond awesome. Oh, and we got to test out the new solar power panels!! Easy peasy set-up.Read more

    Heidi LaGrow

    I love Total Wine!

    Blaine Kinsley

    The fun never stops!

  • Day83

    Oro Valley, AZ - Catalina State Park

    May 7, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Still nearTucson, AZ, but have moved northward to Catalina State Park in Oro Valley, AZ. This Park is one of our favorites which explains stopping here after only a few miles trip from our last stop.

    Both Tucson and Oro Valley have grown so much you can't tell where one begins and one ends. But as you drive through Oro Valley the difference becomes apparent. Oro Valley has been dubbed the "Upscale Tech Mecca" with over 10 high tech firms. With this comes a median income 50% higher than the US median. This explains the plethora of eating and shopping opportunities. All of this is nice, but it is Catalina State Park that is the real gem here.

    The Park, adjacent to the Coronado National Forest, is nestled against the western slopes of the Catalina Mountains. Saguaro cacti abound in the surrounding plateau areas. Nature watching is the norm here. Birds are everywhere. We have a very vocal Gila Woodpecker who sits at the very top of a saguaro cactus, singing his/ her heart out. Cute furry ground squirrels scurry about seeking shade and food. And we have little lizards looking for a warm spot to relax. Also, can't forget the butterflies.

    Oro Valley hasn't always been so populated and busy. Back in the day farming, ranching, and mining dotted the landscape. To keep things interesting Apache Indians stirred up things. But civilization gradually tamed the area. The 5,000 acre ranch, Rancho Romero, aided in settling the area and provided the land for the now Catalina State Park.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Oro Valley, أورو فالي, Оро Вали, اورو ولی، آریزونا, 오로밸리, ओरो भ्याली, Оро-Вейлі, 奥罗谷