Tortolita Mountains Tucson AZ

The Tortolita Mountains In Northwest Tucson AZ

Tortolita Mountains Are One of 5 Tucson Mountain Ranges Around Tucson Arizona

Tortolita Mountains

The Tortolita Mountains are in northwest of Tucson. The Tortolita Mountains run along the northern boundaries of Oro Valley and Marana.

The Town of Oro Valley is a rapidly growing area 15 miles North of Tucson. Oro Valley and the surrounding area has been inhabited for over 2,000 years.

The Tortolita Mountains are rich with cultural resources. The Hohokam people lived in the area for 700 years. They lived in what is now Honey Bee Village. Honeybee Village was in the Tortolita Mountains on north side of Oro Valley AZ.

Nearby is Honeybee Canyon. Honeybee Canyon is a luxury community that was once a riparian area. Honeybee Canyon has become the origin of conflict between environmentalists and residential property developers.

Native American Tribes known as the Apache were in Oro Valley in the early 16th century. These tribes inhabited the region for only a few decades.  The arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors forced them to move to other regions of the U.S.

The Town of Oro Valley was officially founded in 1974. Oro Valley strives to balance the past with the future of the area.

The Town of Marana is about 15 miles west of Oro Valley. Marana has been a agricultural region. Cotton is a major crop for the area. Many items of clothing are made with “PIMA Cotton” from the farms in Marana.

The highest elevation in the Tortolita mountains is 4,696 feet. The Tortolita’s are in the Tortolita Mountain Park. The park was established in 1986 by Pima County. Public access to the Park has stirred controversy especially in Marana.

The Tortolita mountains offer some great Tucson hiking experiences. Trails are relatively easy compared to other ranges. However, come prepare. Sun block, comfortable boots and water.

Other mountain ranges surrounding the Tucson Valley include the Santa Catalina Mountains (the areas most prominent), the Rincon Mountains, the Santa Rita Mountains, and the Tucson Mountains.

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