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Heritage Tourism

Discover Green Valley - Sahuarita's Heritage  

Thanks to a grant from the Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold Foundation, the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance has created the Discover Green Valley-Sahuarita's Heritage guide to connect residents and tourists with the cultural, historic, and natural treasures of the Green Valley - Sahuarita region.   

INTRODUCTION:  Welcome to the beautiful Green Valley and Sahuarita region. Situated south of Tucson along Interstate 19 and the Santa Cruz River, Green Valley and Sahuarita are thriving communities strongly connected to their past and dedicated to their future.  Green Valley is an unincorporated retirement community that was founded in 1964. Approximately 20 miles south of Tucson, Green Valley has an estimated population of 30,000. Known for its year-round golfing and exceptional birding opportunities, Green Valley is portrayed by Arizona Highways as the “town too good to die... populated by people who have learned how to live.”

The relatively young Town of Sahuarita was incorporated in 1994, yet was founded in 1911 and even appears on maps as early as 1875 with the name Sahuarito. The Town of Sahuarita has experienced a rapid increase in population, growing from 3,242 residents in April 2000 to 25,659 residents in July 2011. 

READ MORE: Download a low resolution 1MB pdf of the tourism guide here or click on the image above (recommended for quick download and emailing), or a high resolution 10MB file here (recommended for printing quality images).

NOTE: This guide is a work in progress and will continue to be updated with additional heritage businesses and events.  Feel free to email us with additional eligible listings.