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Spotlight on The Tanque Verde Valley

The Tanque Verde Valley is nestled in the valley between where the Catalina and Rincon mountains ranges meet. The landscape is very green and lush because of the close proximity to the mountains and this area gets much of the rainfall flowing off of the mountains. There are large washes and creeks running through the Tanque Verde Valley and the two largest ones are the Tanque Verde Wash and the Bear Canyon Creek. There are several natural hot springs in the area, making the Tanque Verde Valley very unique to the rest of Tucson. Also, because the two mountains border the Tanque Verde Valley, the area has little room for growth so the population is low. Zoning ordinances require dwellings to be on larger lots which makes this area a highly desirable place to live in Tucson.  The Tanque Verde Valley has become an affluent community with a rich ranching and farming history and still has a significant equestrian presence. According to the most recent census, the median household income is one of the highest in all of Arizona. The Tanque Verde Valley has amenities such as parks, above average public schools, churches, golf, hiking, restaurants lodging, and shopping. This article is going to touch upon these community amenities. 

Hiking

There’s no doubt about it that the Tanque Verde Valley has some of the most amazing hiking in all of Arizona. Here is a list of some great hikes in the area:

Tanque Verde Falls Trailhead-783P+Q4, Tanque Verde, AZ 85749

Seven Falls VIA the Bear Canyon Trailhead– 5150 N. Bear Canyon Rd.

Sabino Canyon Trail #23 VIA the Bear Canyon Trailhead– 5150 N. Bear Canyon Rd.

Agua Caliente Trailhead– 3798 N .Cam Cantil #3600

La Milagrosa Trailhead– 4996 N. Avenida De Suzenu

Douglas Springs Trailhead– 14306 E. Speedway Blvd.

Schools

Tanque Verde Unified School District has two elementary schools, a junior high, and a high school. All four schools in TVUSD are highly-ranked and 75% of the students have scored above average on standardized tests.

Tanque Verde Elementary (Pre-K-6)- 2600 N. Fennimore Ave.

Agua Caliente Elementary (K-6)- 11420 E. Limberlost Rd.

Emily Gray (7-8)- 11150 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Tanque Verde High School– 4201 N. Melpomene Way

Tucson Unified School District has one elementary school in the Tanque Verde Valley. Collier Elementary is a very small school and test scores are slightly above the state averages.

Collier Elementary (K-5)- 3900 N. Bear Canyon Rd.

Sabino High School- 5000 N. Bowes Rd.

The Tanque Verde Valley has one public charter school, Hermosa Montessori. Hermosa Montessori was labeled an “excelling” school, which is the highest rank that awarded by the state.

Hermosa Montessori (Pre-K-8)- 12051 E. Fort Lowell Rd.

Preschools

Tanque Verde Lutheran Preschool– 8625 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Real Kids Preschool– 3353 N. Houghton Rd.

Hermosa Montessori Preschool– 12051 E. Fort Lowell Rd.

Tanque Verde Pre-K– 2600 N. Fennimore Ave.

La Petite Academy– 8940 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Churches

Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, located at 8625 E. Tanque Verde Rd., TVLC offers 3 unique services, a Saturday 5pm service, a traditional 9:15am Sunday service, and a 10:30am Sunday contemporary service.

Desert Skies United Methodist Church, located at 3255 N. Houghton Rd., has 2 services on Sunday mornings, 8:30am and 10:00am.

Hope Church, located at 3255 N. Houghton Rd., is a non-denominational Christian church with one service at 10:30am on Sundays.

Corpus Christi Catholic Church, located at 300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Rd., has three weekend masses: Saturday at 4:30pm, and Sunday at 7:45am and 9:45am. There is also mass Monday-Friday at 8:00am.

Church of Latter Day Saints, located at 9541 E. Snyder Rd., is a ward located in the Tanque Verde Valley. Please visit https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org for more information on times throughout the week.

Rincon Mountain Presbyterian, located at 8445 E. Tanque Verde Rd., has one Sunday 10:00am service. Sunday school is at 9:00am on Sundays.

The Bridge, a nondenominational church located at 8355 E. Tanque Verde Rd., has one Saturday service at 5:00pm and two Sunday services at 9:30am and 11:00am.

Oasis Church, located at 8961 E. Tanque Verde Rd., has two Sunday services. One at 9:00am and one at 11:00am.

Golf

Forty-Niner Country Club Golf Club, located at 12000 E. Tanque Verde Rd., is a 110-acre golf course that opened in 1961. The golf course was designed around a wooded riverbed and has beautiful Rincon and Catalina mountain views, mature mesquite, cottonwood, eucalyptus and weeping willow trees and a couple of lakes. There is a driving range on the grounds and it is open to the public.

Arizona National Golf Club, located at 9777 E. Sabino Greens Dr., is a public golf course with a diverse 6,785-yard layout, that has been noted as being particularly “challenging.” Nestled right up again the Catalina Mountains, this course has spectacular mountain views, forests of saguaros, and nine natural springs.

Restaurants

Le Buzz– 9121 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #125

Rincon Mountain Grill– 12000 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Bear Canyon Pizza– 8987 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #335

Fortinatos– 9100 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Viv’s Cafe– 8987 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #361

The Gardens– 8991 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

The Barnyard– 11011 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Taco Giro– 9165 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Risky Business– 8848 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Firetruck Brewing Company– 9155 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #177

Viv’s Cafe– 8987 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Shopping

Safeway– 9125 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Walgreens– 8980 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

CVS– 8920 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Dollar Tree– 9135 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Lodging

In the Tanque Verde Valley there are authentic ranch-like bed and breakfasts, a large dude ranch resort, and many privately owned Airbrbs. Here is a list of some of the B & Bs and resorts:

The Casitas at Desert Springs – 9690 E. Sabino Greens Dr.

Tanque Verde Ranch– 4301 E. Speedway Blvd.

Desert Trails Bed & Breakfast– 12851 E. Speedway Blvd.

The Casitas at Smokey Springs Ranch– 1451 N. Smokey Springs Rd.

Karrel’s Double K Ranch– 3930 N. Smokey Topaz Ln.

Jeremiah Inn Bed and Breakfast– 10921 E. Snyder Rd.


Are you thinking about buying or selling a home in the Tanque Verde Valley? Please feel free to contact me to go over your needs: alexisburrowshomes@gmail.com. 520-869-3176.


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Alexis Burrows, Real Estate Agent in Tucson, Arizona.

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