Those who live the OV already know: this place is pretty great. If you haven’t been to Oro Valley, besides missing Noble Hops, there are 6 other great reasons to check it out.
Not your dry history lesson, Oro Valley has some historical sites you can come check out on your own. Feel a connection with some of the country’s original inhabitants at Honey Bee Village, an excavation site that unearthed an ancient Hohokam village.
Just at the bottom of Pusch Ridge, and within the bounds of Rancho Vistoso, Honey Bee Village is all that remains of one of the largest villages inhabited by the prehistoric tribe. The Hohokam lived on this 75-acre settlement from around 750 AD until the year 1300.
If checking out the artifacts and excavation site of an ancient civilization isn’t enough history for you, there’s also the Steam Pump Ranch. The ranch was established in 1874 by two German immigrants who built a pump with a steam engine to plumb ground water.
The pump house and several other historic buildings are still there, and the ranch land is used for many recreational purposes. Visitors can also take part in archaeology experiments at Steam Pump Ranch that bring together the ranch’s more recent history and the Honey Bee Village’s ancient history.
Catalina State Park offers a variety of trails to get you moving and viewing all of the beautiful nature this part of the world has to offer. Along with hiking and backpacking trails, there are also equestrian trails, trails for bird watchers, and trails that connect to the Coronado National Forest and Mount Lemmon.
The Oro Valley Festival of the Arts may only happen in April, but art is all around in the OV all year ‘round. Public art is on display throughout the town of Oro Valley, and there is even a public art tour that visitors can sign up to take with a knowledgeable guide.
The town’s public art includes murals, sculptures, and statues. All of these works can be visited individually, and the city is working on a virtual gallery so that visitors can view and learn more about the art online.
The Oro Valley Hospital and Oro Valley Marketplace also display art for those hoping to view some creative work indoors.
Sure, you can golf everywhere in Arizona. But Oro Valley is home to six golf resorts, including the Oro Valley Country Club. The Country Club hosted the Pac-10 Women’s Golf Championship in 2006, as well as the Girl’s Junior America’s Cup that same year.
The Oro Valley Marketplace offers a variety of local boutiques and national chain stores to keep shoppers happily air conditioned during hot summer days. The Marketplace also hosts a concert series that takes place every second Thursday of the month.
For a fresher kind of shopping, the Farmer’s Market at Steam Pump Ranch allows visitor to the historic site a chance to buy some local produce and other goods crafted in our neck of the woods.
After a day of hiking, golfing, shopping, looking at art, or learning about history, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Luckily there is plenty of good food in Oro Valley. From the fine seasonal fare we serve up here at Noble Hops to the certified Neapolitan pizza at Vero Amore, there’s a little something for everyone to eat in our fine town.
So what are you waiting for? Come work up a sweat—or at least a good dose of hunger—by spending a day or a weekend in Oro Valley.