Marana, Arizona – Changing to Meet Tucson’s Growth
Marana is a rural area of Northwest Tucson which got its start as a Ranch & Farming Community. Located at the juncture of Brawley Wash and the Santa Cruz River, the town was established in 1881 with the arrival of the railroad. The Spanish started the first cattle ranches here in 1700. The area was overgrown with dense mesquite thickets and the name Marana comes from the Spanish word meaning “impassable tangle” or “jungle.” Today, Marana combines a peaceful country setting with bustling commercial expansion, and is especially attractive to young families.
Marana is located between Tucson and Phoenix, and was incorporated as a municipality in 1977 in order to control water resources. However, it has a rich human history dating back more than 4,200 years when the Hohokam people developed extensive canal systems and used waters from the Santa Cruz River to irrigate crops. Today, it is a thriving community of diversified residents, and combines a peaceful country setting with bustling commercial expansion. Marana is famous in the golf world as the site of the Accenture Match Play tournament at the Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain.
Skydiving is a popular sport at Marana’s Skydive Center. Picacho Peak State Park, site of Arizona’s only Civil War battle, is 15 minutes to the north of town and has camping areas and nature trails noted for colorful spring wildflowers. Also nearby are the scenic Santa Catalina Mountains State Park and Saguaro National Monument West, the world famous Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and Old Tucson Studios.
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