Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve

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The Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve presents the beauty of the Sonoran Desert teeming with wildlife and artifacts of the Native Americans who lived and hunted there. The existing 6.2-mile, eight-foot-wide concrete path winds through the property providing visitors with views of the Catalina and Tortolita mountains, examples of varied desert vegetation, and the opportunity to view an abundance of wildlife. Located in north Oro Valley, Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve provides residents and visitors a new location to connect with the natural world. The Preserve is open from dawn to dusk and temporary parking is located at 945 W. Vistoso Highlands Dr.

Arizona Illustrated did a great story on Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve it can be viewed by clicking here.

The Oro Valley Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the selection of Sites Southwest as the consultant team to guide the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve Master Planning project. This project was included in the FY22/23 budget and will be the framework for future site improvements, land-use management, and visitor experience to name a few. This web page will include information about the Master Planning process to include schedules, timelines, community engagement, and completed documents.


Project Timeline

November - December 2022

  • Site research and data gathering
  • Stakeholder meetings
  • In-person meetings and workshop, questionnaire
  • Findings report

January – March 2023

  • First Master Plan Draft presented to community via Community Workshop and Meeting (January)
  • First Master Plan Draft presented to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (February)
  • First Master Plan Draft presented to Town Council (March)

May – June 2023

  • Final Master Plan Draft presented to Parks and Recreation Advisory Board May 9
  • Final Master Plan Draft presented to Town Council June 21







Please note this property is currently under remediation and clean-up. Some areas may have limited public access. 

Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve Neighborhood letter(PDF, 274KB)


955 W. Pebble Creek Drive 85755, Oro Valley 85755, Oro Valley 85755  View Map

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