Steam Pump Ranch

Two horse riders, trees and old buildings at Steam Pump Ranch with Pusch Ridge mountain in background

NOTICE:  With the warmer weather, desert creatures will become more active.  This may include rattlesnakes, scorpions, coyotes, and javelina.  Please tread carefully and keep dogs on a leash.

Residents of the Santa Cruz Valley in Southern Arizona, generally perceive the Town of Oro Valley as a vigorous young community, but in reality, it has a real and deep history in this region. The Steam Pump Ranch represents a living piece of that history.

Since being purchased by the Town in 2008, the 16-acre property has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Ranch buildings have undergone significant rehabilitation for public access.

The Ranch is open to the public as a Heritage Park with no building access during all daylight hours.  All dogs must be on a leash due to the historic nature of the grounds. The Historical Society will be on site to conduct tours on the 2 – 4th Saturdays in September through April. Special programming includes a Farmers Market every Saturday and Second Saturday events from October through May.  Additionally, many special events take place at the ranch. Please see the Parks and Recreation page to see more about upcoming events at all facilities.

Hold your special event at our facility:

Reserve Steam Pump Ranch

Second Saturdays at Steam Pump Ranch

Every second Saturday of the month, Steam Pump Ranch hosts special tours, historic and cultural presentations, concert series, activities for children and the Oro Valley Farmers Market. All activities are free. 

Click here for the monthly schedule of activities or call the Parks and Recreation office at 229-5050.



Virtual Second Saturday at Steam Pump Ranch! Click here to view a full list of participating vendors.  

Second Saturday Partners: Heirloom Farmers Market & Archaeology Southwest

Educational Field Trips


Attention teachers, administration, home school education providers and group activity organizers! We have the perfect historic educational field trip opportunity for you! Each session meets curriculum requirements for government standards. Field trips are held at historic Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road.

Call Lynanne Dellerman-Silverthorn at 520-229-5052 to arrange your field trip on any of the following
focus areas:

  • Prehistoric Hands-on Archaeology
    Experience a replica Hohokam pit house.
    Eat the same type of foods as the prehistoric people
    Learn about the tools they used and how they were made.
    Learn how they hunted and try similar techniques
    Learn how they grew food and how they obtained the necessary water.
  • Pusch Family history from the 1870s – 1920s
    Learn about how this pioneer family settling in the Tucson area over 100 years ago ran a business and a cattle ranch.
    Learn about early government through George’s term in the Arizona House of Representatives at the time Arizona became a state. (George was a member of the Tucson City Council.)
    Discover how the family were friends to the native peoples in the area.
    Learn about how the family ran the Steam Pump that watered Cavalry, Pony Express, Stagecoaches and cattle.
  • Proctor – Leiber history from the 1930s – 1990s
    Learn about this important family to the ranch’s history.
    As manager of the Pioneer hotel, Jack Procter grew herbs and vegetables as well as raised chickens on the Ranch for those visiting the hotel in downtown Tucson. He also held big gatherings that brought important people to the Ranch.
    Learn about early baseball in Tucson and the nation through Hank Leiber.

Or call and we can schedule a trip to fit your needs.


Facility Fees

 Reserve Steam Pump Ranch

Fees are per event day/per zone

Description # Participants Commercial Rate* Non-Commercial Rate
Outdoor Area (Zones 1-5) 1 – 50 $225 $175
51-100 $375 $200
101-150 $550 $400
  151-200 $750  $600
  201-300 $900  $800
  301-500 $1050  $900 
  501-1000 $1400 $1200
  1001+  $2200  $1500
Parking lot only
$750 $600
Staffing costs   $25 per hour / per employee  $20 per hour / per employee

*Commercial is defined as relating in commerce; engaged in commerce; having profit as chief aim.



Rules and Restrictions

Steam Pump Ranch is subject to the following rules and regulations. Failure to adhere to these rules and regulations will result in additional fees and/or suspension of reservation privileges.

1. Facility Use Procedure

a. Applicant will fill out a SPR facility use reservation application and submit it to the Recreation and Cultural Services Manager for review.

b. Recreation/Cultural Services Manager will confirm availability and inform the applicant if additional permits are required.

c. 50% of facility rental fees must be paid in full once availability is confirmed. Remainder is due 2 weeks prior to event date.

d. A refundable damage deposit will be assessed for all events.  Deposits will range from $250 up to $5,000, depending on the size and scope of the event.  The actual deposit amount will be based on and determined by the Parks & Recreation Director.  Damage deposit fees are due 24-hrs prior to the event.

2. Fees and Procedures

a. Park Use Fee: A park use fee for SPR will be assessed for all events based on the approved fee schedule.

b. Discounts: i.Multi-Day Discounts on fees may be available (e.g. 2-3 day = 10%; 4-9 days = 15%; 10 or more days = 25%) ii.Multiuse area discounts may be negotiated with the Parks & Recreation Director.

c. Reoccurring Events: Reoccurring events that have used the park more than three years in a row may have preferential privilege in using the park for future reservations.

d. Commercial Photo: All professional photo or promotional shoots will be charged the normal event rate based on space needs.

e. Additional Event Fees: Additional fees and costs could be incurred as follows:

i. Rental of equipment: Tents, tables, flagging, portable restrooms, garbage cans, etc. is not included in the Park Use fees.

ii. Permitting Fees may be charged on an as-needed basis. These fees may include environmental health permit, fire inspections, solid waste services, Chief’s overtime, etc.

iii. Event applicant is responsible for all charges and items not covered by this fee schedule and may be charged for any items that can incur charges to the Town (for example, trash removal, site clean-up, irrigation damage, etc.).

iv. Staff Fees: There may be an additional staff fee of $20/hr non-commercial and $25/hr commercial rate. Example of fees may include assistance with event set-up/break-down, excessive event set-up requirements, facility tours, etc.

v. Set-up and Take-Down: If no other events/activities can occur during set-up and/or take-down, the full day usage fee is charged. If other activities occur during the set-up and/or takedown period, the fee may be negotiated or waived.

f. Damage to the park, performance, and trash pickup: The event applicant is financially responsible for all expense due to:

i. Damage that occurs at the park during the event.

ii. Clean-up of the park due to the event.

iii. Non-performance of the Town’s requirements (e.g. adequate signage for events, traffic control, parking, etc.).

g. Parking Lot Usage: If adjacent contiguous parking lot is legally used in  association with an event, there is no additional charge. If the event or reservation is only using the parking lot area, the parking lot usage fee will be charged.

3. Park Rules

a. No glass containers (unless prior authorization has been granted).

b. Motorized vehicles shall only be used in designated areas.

c. No hunting (air rifles, spring guns, bows and arrows, slings, trapping, guns, etc.).

d. Original site structures are not to be used for events.

e. Vending and peddling only as part of event; and vendors must be licensed in the Town of Oro Valley to conduct business.

f. Advertising must follow Town of Oro Valley ordinances and any signage proposed to fall within the Oracle Road right-of-way requires approval from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

g. Tent and/or canopy staking strictly monitored – must receive approval from Park Manager prior to any staking on the property.

h. Camping not allowed unless approved by the Parks & Recreation Director.

i. Access to the park is off Oracle Road and from behind Steam Pump Village Shopping Center. Vehicles shall not exit the park using the Oracle Rd entrance; users shall only use the Steam Pump Village to exit

j. Food – environmental health permits will be required for all cooking facilities for events where food will be sold by vendors or sponsors of the event. Fire inspections, tent and zoning permits may be required. No environmental health permit is required for private parties, picnics, bake sales, etc.

          k. Alcohol at Town Park Facilities – Per Town Code 16-1-4, Section A., No person
          shall consume spirituous liquor in any Town park facility
          unless as part of a major special event permitted by the Town of Oro Valley.
          Notwithstanding subsection 16-1-4, Section A of the Town
          Code, the sale and consumption of spirituous liquor may be permitted at
          the Town-owned Steam Pump Ranch Facility upon approval of the
          Town Manager and Chief of Police.

                    k. A – Permitted Special events, open to the public - Applicants must
                    complete the Series 15 Special Event liquor license application
                    from the AZ Dept. of Liquor Licenses and Control and submit the
                    completed application, along with appropriate fees, to the Town
                    Clerk’s office at least 30 days prior to the date of the event.  Should the
                    applicant choose to sell sealed bottles of wine from a winery of
                    sealed bottles of spirits from a craft distillery, the applicant must also
                    submit a completed Series 16 Festival/Fair liquor license
                    application, along with appropriate fees and in conjunction with the
                    Series 15 liquor license, to the Town Clerk’s office at least 30 days
                    prior to the event.

                    k. B - Private events, not open to the public - Applicants must obtain
                    and complete a Town of Oro Valley Spirituous Liquor Permit for
                    Steam Pump Ranch Application at least 30 days prior to the date of the
                    event. The permit, with appropriate approval and signatures,
                    entitles the user(s) to consume spirituous liquor as described in Oro
                    Valley Town Code 16-1-4 and A.R.S. 4-244 and consistent with the
                    requirements on the permit application. This permit does not allow the
                    user(s) to sell any spirituous liquor/beer, including the use of a
                    cash bar on Town property.

Refund Policy

Please call 229-5050 to cancel or reschedule. Full refunds will be given for cancellations made at least 30 days in advance. Cancellation request received 29 days or less prior to the event will be refunded at 50%.

I hereby agree to the terms indicated above and release, hold harmless, and indemnify the Town of Oro Valley, its officers, employees, and agents, from any losses, claims, actions, suits, or damages which arise, result, or might otherwise be attributable to the patron's use of the facilities including, but not limited to, personal injury or property damages except when such damages are determined to be caused by the Town's own negligence. Any damages awarded are limited to those which are proportioned to the amount of the Town's negligence. 



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