Marana

United States of America

Photo provided by The Golf Club at Dove Mountain/Discover Marana
Photo provided by The Golf Club at Dove Mountain/Discover Marana
Relaxing Marana awaits: its spas, golf, mountain views, and more!

Tread upon a breathtaking landscape that has been traveled and enjoyed by humans for over 4,000 years in Marana, the town that crests Southern Arizona. Find history around every corner and scenery that begs to be explored in this stunning desert region, where the Tortolita and Silverbell mountain ranges shelter the lush agricultural basin of the Santa Cruz Valley.

The Marana community is centered in the heart of a lush farming region of the same name. Check out the community’s Santa Cruz River Path and Heritage Park to see the pretty town from a local’s perspective. The Santa Cruz River is the lifeblood of the Marana community, supplying the agricultural region with the desert’s most precious resource.

Rent a bike and explore the pastoral roads that ring the town. In fall, you’ll be treated to views of a vast blanket of white as the local farmers begin their cotton harvest. If it’s wintertime, Marana and its surrounding region offer some of the best stargazing around. The crisp nights and lack of bright city lights means that you can clearly see a wonderful array of constellations.

Summers in Marana bring more turbulent weather to the desert, so grab your camera and capture photographs of storm clouds brewing over saguaro cacti plains. Check out Tortolita Mountain Park and explore the rugged ranges on foot, by bike or on horseback.

The attractions and shopping malls of Tucson are within easy reach of Marana. Go to Tucson Premium Outlets for a wide range of outlet stores. Have a deluxe resort experience at the Ritz-Carlton on Dove Mountain and enjoy the resort’s golf and spa facilities.

Marana is located 40-minutes’ drive northwest of Tucson. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is less than 90-minutes’ drive away. This region is best explored at your own pace by car. Stunning desert reserves, such as Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain Park, Tonto National Park and the Santa Catalina Natural Area can all be reached within a few hours’ drive from Marana.

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Family-Friendly, Golf and Relaxing

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Top Hotels in Marana

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
5 out of 5
15000 N Secret Springs Drive, Marana, AZ
$143/night
Sep 2 - Sep 3
4.7/5Exceptional! (275 reviews)

This family-friendly Marana resort is located in the mountains, within 3 mi (5 km) of Golf Club at Dove Mountain and Gallery Golf Club. Breakers Water Park and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (275 reviews)

"Amazing experience in all areas. Stayed during 4th of July so it was a bit busy. Overall the staff handled all requests professionally."…"

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
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White Stallion Ranch
3.5 out of 5
9251 W Twin Peaks Rd, Marana, AZ
4.9/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)

Located in the mountains, this family-friendly ranch is within 9 mi (15 km) of Quarry Pines Golf Club, Mike Jacob Sports Park, and Crooked Tree Golf Course. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (37 reviews)

"fabulous stay. Great family vacation. so many fun activities for everyone.Beautiful scenery, great staff"…"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

White Stallion Ranch
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Beautiful Family Solar Home - Marana, AZ
Marana, Arizona
5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)

Situated in Marana, this vacation home is 6.2 mi (10 km) from Breakers Water Park and 10.1 mi (16.3 km) from Quarry Pines Golf Club. Gallery Golf Club and Crooked ...

5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
You guys think of everything!

"Perfect stay! Great communication with hosts! Clean and wonderful atmosphere! Thanks!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

Beautiful Family Solar Home - Marana, AZ

Popular things to do in Marana

Old Tucson Studios
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Old Tucson Studios

This Western movie studio and theme park with rides, gunfights and stunt shows has been the setting for hundreds of Hollywood productions.

Sabino Canyon
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Sabino Canyon

Experience the natural beauty and wildlife of a large desert canyon on foot, by car or on a narrated tram tour.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Encounter wolves, rattlesnakes, coyotes, bighorn sheep and rare plant species at this living museum in the desert.

Tucson Botanical Gardens
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Tucson Botanical Gardens

Wander through cactus, herb and wildflower gardens and learn about desert plants in this flower-filled sanctuary in the city.

Saguaro National Park
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Saguaro National Park

Hike, bike or drive through fields and forests containing one of the most recognized cactus plants in the world.

Pima Air and Space Museum
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Pima Air and Space Museum

One of the largest aviation museums in the world houses aircraft and spacecraft from the 1920s to the present.

Top activities in Marana

Tucson Attractions Passport
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Tucson Attractions Passport

$11

Quench your thirst for savings. The Tucson Attractions Passport is an entertainment value for the whole family, offering 2-for-1 admissions and other discounts at over 80 attractions, museums and shopping areas. Most of the gated attractions offer 2-for-1 admission discounts.

Admission to the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum
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Admission to the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum

$5

Get a taste for the Tucson of yore with full-day admission to the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum. Take an entertaining tour of a reconstruction of Tucson's founding fortress, and interact with intrepid 18th-century trailblazers at this educational site in the heart of Old Pueblo.

Old Tucson Theme Park Admission
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Old Tucson Theme Park Admission

$21

Celebrating 80 years in 2019, Old Tucson is where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! This theme park lets you walk the streets featured in your favorite western movies. Experience an array of live shows including gunfights, stunts and high-kicking saloon music and dance shows.

Escape Room Tucson
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Escape Room Tucson

$24

Channel your inner gumshoe and put your sleuthing, problem-solving, and perception skills to the test during an hour-long race against the clock. In a themed escape room, work with your team to find clues, solve puzzles, and piece together the mystery to get out of the room before time runs out.

Urban Adventure Quest - Tucson
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Urban Adventure Quest - Tucson

$8

Embark on an interactive tour of Tucson, exploring the city while following clues and completing unique challenges. See landmarks and historical sites including the Cathedral of Saint Augustine, Fox Theatre, and Hotel Congress while you solve puzzles that lead you on a memorable tour.

Operation City Quest of Tucson, AZ
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Operation City Quest of Tucson, AZ

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.