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We’re excited to announce that we are transitioning to a new role and a new mission: partnering with the Town of Oro Valley to support the implementation of the soon to be completed Vistoso Trails Master Plan. We’ve had several conversations with Kristy Diaz-Trahan, Oro Valley Director of Parks and Recreation, about how we can work together to realize the vision of the preserve and we’re excited to further define our new role. Stay tuned for more information but we hope our membership will remain involved as Friends of Vistoso Trails. We know many of you are eager to work on restoring Vistoso Trails and there will be many opportunities for volunteers as we transition.


Friends of the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve

The mission of Preserve Vistoso is to promote the public support and appreciation of the natural beauty and recreational amenities of Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve for the inspiration, education and enjoyment of current and future generations.

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

Click here to read more about the Preserve.

Jake Smith, a resident of Rancho Vistoso, prepared a wonderful, comprehensive field guide to the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve. It contains hundreds of photographs and descriptions of what you can observe in the Preserve. Click here or the image to the to read more about this wonderful resource.

Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve

Field Guide

A note from TOV: Rules signs are posted throughout the Preserve. Go-carts and ATVs have been driving on the property. While this is a fun recreational activity, it is NOT allowed in the Preserve.

Planning for the Future

The Town of Oro Valley selected Sites Southwest team, a landscape architecture and planning firm to create a master plan for Vistoso Trails.  Liz Cole, the project manager, collected our community comments and ideas and presented an initial plan at an open house at Steampump Ranch in January.  Members of the community made several recommendations that were incorporated in the latest draft presented on February 21 to the Parks and Rec Advisory Commission. This draft plan will now be presented to the Town Council on March 15.  We hope members of the community can attend these meetings. A link to the Draft Master Plan is below in the box titled "Draft Master Plan (February 21, 2023):   


Important Dates


April 16 –Draft Plan presentation and possible decision, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, location to be determined 

May 3 – Town Council review of draft plan and possible decision, 6 pm, Council Chambers, 11000 N LaCanada.

Important Documents

Click the images below to review the documents. 

Latest News

March 12, 2023

Voice Your Opinion at March 15 Oro Valley Town Council Discussion of Draft Plans for Vistoso Trails

On March 15 at 6:00 PM there will be a presentation and discussion of the draft Master Plan for the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve. Please attend and voice your opinion.

February 15, 2023

Update from Preserve Vistoso (February 15, 2023 Pulse)

(1) Volunteer Needed to Assist on the Preserve Vistoso website, (2) Attend Next Vistoso Trails Meeting on Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00 PM in Town Council Chambers, (3) Preserve Vistoso has a new Mission Statement, (4) Vistoso Trails Field Guide

January 15, 2023

Update from Preserve Vistoso (January 15, 2023 Pulse)

Progress in 2022 and Next Steps for 2023

November 7, 2022

Arizona Illustrated segment on Vistoso Trails

Back to Nature


Girls Carrying a Recycling Bin
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