An Introduction to Preserve Vistoso

Go to the "Our Vision"  page for more information about the wonderful natural environment that should be preserved as a nature preserve and a community trail.

The Mission of Preserve Vistoso is to

support the preservation of the former Vistoso golf course property

The former Vistoso golf property 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. With easy access from multiple locations, visitors can stroll the property and connect with the natural world we tend take for granted.


A Sonoran Desert preserve

where nature and people thrive

The Vistoso property offers a rich variety of plants, mammals and birds as well as ancient petroglyphs along a six-mile path that could be available to all. It should be established as a nature preserve and community trail.


Learn How a Michigan Golf Course was Converted to a Nature Preserve. A sprawling piece of land in Harbor Spring, Michigan was once home to a Norther Michigan golf course but has now become one of the region's newest public nature preserves. Read More ...


Go to the NEWS page to read the latest information about the Nature Preserve and Community Trail. . 

The Conservation Fund Resumes Negotiations to Purchase Vistoso Property. 

April 10, 2021 – The Conservation Fund announced that it is involved in negotiations to help preserve the Vistoso Golf Property as a nature preserve. This is exciting news and we hope it brings us closer to resolving the uncertainty of the property.  We urge everyone to support the efforts of the Conservation Fund. Attached is the announcement from Mike Ford, Southwest Director of TCF. Click here to read TCF's complete statement.

Status of Town's Negotiations to Acquire the Former Vistoso Golf Property Announced at Wednesday April 7th 6:00pm Oro Valley Town Council Meeting. 


The Oro Valley Town Manager’s report on the negotiations to purchase the Vistoso Golf Property at the October 7 Town Council is 11 minutes into the meeting at: 

Town Manager Mary Jacobs said that the Monday April 5 Town Council meeting in the Executive Session provided direction to the Town Attorney and  herself to move forward with the purchase of the former Vistoso Golf property subject to working with The Conservation Fund (TCF)  and  a successful fundraising campaign.  She also said that she was not at liberty to provide details of the negotiations but that the framework for acquisition of the property is consistent with the Town Council’s November 18 motion to staff to initiate communications with Romspen and any other third party to negotiate acquisition of he property at fair market value subject to Town Council approval.  She said that of the 208 acres of property owned by Romspen about 202 acres are zoned open space/golf and the remaining 6.3 acres are zoned multi-family.  The purchase framework has been discussed with Romspen, TCF and a third party purchaser for the 6.3 acres.  All parties have agreed to work within the framework toward a final agreement. Jacobs said she hopes to share details with the community in the near future. 


Mayor Joe Winfield Proposes Town Negotiate the Sale of the Vistoso Property. The Town Council on November 18 approved 7-0 a motion by Mayor Joe Winfield and seconded by Council Member Joyce Jones-Ivey to negotiate the sale of the Vistoso Property from Romspen Investments. Read More ...

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12112 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd

Oro Valley, AZ  85755

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