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 from sunrise to sunset with staff onsite Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. All dogs must be on a leash due to the historic nature of the grounds. Additional times are available for reservation. 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

Facility Fees

 Reserve Steam Pump Ranch

Fees are per event day/per zone

  • Steam Pump Ranch Application/Rules and Regulations
    Description # Participants Private Rate Public 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
    Garage Indoor Room   $50/per hour  
    Parking lot only
    $750 $600
    Staffing costs $25 per hour / per employee $25 per hour / per employee

    Power and lighting are available in select areas. If you would like power or lighting in additional areas, please be prepared to rent or supply generators and lights.  

    Events over 800 participants are not recommended at the Steam Pump Ranch venue. Please call the Parks and Recreation office at 520-229-5050 and we can discuss options for your event. Minimum staff time is 2 hours for daytime events and 4 hours for nighttime events. Staffing costs will increase with additional needs and requests.

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.

Facility Use Procedure 

  • Fill out online Steam Pump Ranch reservation application. 

  • After confirming availability Parks & Recreation contact the applicant. 

  • 50% of facility rental fees must be paid in full once availability is confirmed. Remainder is due 14 days prior to event date.  

  • 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 determined by the Parks & Recreation Department. Damage deposit fees are due 24-hrs prior to the event. 

Fees and Procedures 

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

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

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

  • Rental of equipment: Tents, tables, generators, lights, portable restrooms, additional garbage cans, etc. is not included in the Park Use fees and can be rented from a third party.  

  • 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. 

  • 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.). 

  • 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. 

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

  • Damage that occurs at the park during the event. 

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

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

Park Rules 

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

  • Motorized vehicles shall only be used in designated areas. 

  • No hunting or trapping. 

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

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

  • 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. 

  • Tent and/or canopy staking strictly monitored – must receive approval from Parks & Recreation Department prior to any staking on the property. 

  • Camping not allowed unless approved by Parks & Recreation Department. 

  • Access the facility off N. Steam Pump Way in the Steam Pump Village Shopping Center. Vehicles shall not exit the park using the Oracle Rd entrance; users shall only use the Steam Pump Village exit. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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 60 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 60 days prior to the event. 

  • 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 60 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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