Friends of the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve


The Mission of Preserve Vistoso is to support the preservation of the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve as a nature preserve and community trail.

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.

A Sonoran Desert preserve where nature and people thrive

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Jake Smith, a resident of Rancho Vistoso, prepared this field guide to the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve. This is a wonderful, 174-page guide packed with photos and descriptions of the plants, birds and mammals that inhabit the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve. Click the image to go to the Field Guide.


Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve Field Guide

Ribbon Cutting for the
Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve
July 15, 2022

We celebrated today the official ribbon cutting for the new Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve. Thanks to Mayor Winfield, Vice Mayor Barrett, the OV Town Council, Town Staff and Attorney for making this happen. Preserve Vistoso members and others in the community worked for more than three years to save the former golf course as a nature preserve. We raised $2 million to allow TCF to purchase the property to save part of the Sonoran Desert as a recreational area. It has spectacular mountain scenery, petroglyphs, and more than six miles of paved trails. There are 17 neighborhoods next to the property and 13 additional neighborhoods in walking distance.  

Latest News


June 23, 2022

Grand Opening - Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve

Join us on Friday, July 15, to celebrate the official transfer of the Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve from Mike Ford and The Conservation Fund (TCF), to the Town of Oro Valley.

June 22, 2022

In Memoriam - Nancy Olson

With the long-anticipated dedication of the Vistoso Trails property, we also remember with great sadness, the loss of Nancy Olson on May 24.

May 23, 2022

Winner announced for contest to rename former Vistoso Golf Course

The Town of Oro Valley is pleased to recognize the winner of the contest to name the 202-acre property formerly known as the Vistoso Golf Course. Congratulations to Oro Valley resident Nikki Dilbeck for submitting the winning name, Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve.

The Vistoso Trails Nature Preserve offers a rich variety of plants, mammals and birds as well as ancient petroglyphs along a paved six-mile path that could be available to all.

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