Destination guide

Explore southern Arizona from Oro Valley

Just to the north of downtown Tucson, in the foothills of the rugged Santa Catalina Mountains, Oro Valley offers visitors high-end shopping and dining, great golfing and beautiful desert landscapes. Just a short drive from the University of Arizona campus, Oro Valley vacation rentals are a great choice if you're visiting this seat of learning. They also make great bases for exploring Tucson, the sprawling Sonoran Desert and the other cities and attractions of Southern Arizona. Oro Valley vacation rentals range from Santa Fe-style casitas with beautiful mountain views to stunning contemporary homes with their own private pools.

Things to do

Oro Valley's family appeal

If you are staying at your Oro Valley vacation rental with kids, there's no better place to head on a hot, sunny day than James D. Kriegh Park. Oro Valley's oldest public park is home to a modern waterpark with Olympic-sized pool, called the Oro Valley Aquatic Center. It's open year-round, so you can take a refreshing dip against the scenic backdrop of the jagged red peaks of the Santa Catalina mountains. There's also the family-friendly Reid Park Zoo in downtown Tucson, just a short drive from Oro Valley vacation rentals. It has a packed program of seasonal and daily events and you can see animals including lions, elephants and bears.


Shopping and hiking around Oro Valley

If shopping is your thing, head to Tucson Premium Outlets, around a 15-minute drive west from Oro Valley vacation rentals, to bag some big-name bargains. That said, it's the outdoors that's the major draw around these parts. The Santa Catalina and Tortolita mountains offer diverse outdoor adventures, from hiking and biking to winter skiing. This part of Arizona lies within the Dark Skies initiative, so you'll find that the possibilities for stargazing under the twinkling desert skies are irresistible. Meanwhile, stars of a different kind can be seen at the historic Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson, the city's atmospheric live music venue.


Oro Valley, all year round

Summers in Arizona and hot and dry so, if you're lucky enough to find an Oro Valley vacation rental with a pool, having your own place to go for a dip will be very welcome on a hot summer's day. The desert landscapes are simply stunning, dotted with the giant Saguaro cactus for which the area is known. The temperature does drop significantly overnight, however, so if you plan on making the most of the starry skies, do wrap up warm. In winter, you can reach the Mount Lemmon ski area within an hour and a half's drive from your Oro Valley vacation rental, which means you can sunbathe and ski all in the same day.

Natural features

Get outdoors in Oro Valley

Oro Valley vacation rentals enjoy a plum location on the fringes of the Santa Catalina mountains to the east. In Saguaro National Park, 45 minutes from Oro Valley, you can find challenging mountain trails as well as the Old Tucson film studios and the wonderful, family-friendly Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This natural history museum combines live animal exhibits with colorful, fragrant botanic gardens. Close by, Catalina State Park offers cave tours and a packed program of guided nature and birding walks, as well as beautiful mountain trails.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Oro Valley

Fly into Tucson, AZ (AVW-Marana Regional), the closest airport, located 14.1 mi (22.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Tucson, AZ (TUS-Tucson Intl.), which is 20.7 mi (33.4 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Oro Valley, AZ?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 1,261 vacation rentals around Oro Valley. From 575 house rentals to 415 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a mountain-view property in Oro Valley?

Unforgiving and mysterious, mountains are some of the most ruggedly spectacular places on Earth. If you're eager to try high-altitude living, you've come to the right place. Vrbo has no less than 624 mountain rental properties available. Open to other suggestions? Vrbo has loads more property options to browse through, including:

  • 143 city-center vacation rentals.
  • 104 resort vacation rentals.
  • 77 mountainside vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Oro Valley?

Our house vacation rentals are real properties for real travelers. With loads of space and privacy, they're perfect for those who want to live like a local. There are 586 options currently listed on Vrbo. Prices begin at $31 per night. If that doesn't fit with your squad's taste, we have a range of different rental options to choose from, such as:

  • Condo: 409 vacation homes. Prices start from $30 per night.
  • Townhome: 88 vacation homes. Prices start from $40 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 59 vacation homes. Prices start from $62 per night.

Can I stay in Oro Valley in a large group?

The recipe for a memorable trip is relaxing with your friends and loved ones in a completely new place. If you're hitting the road with a big group, Vrbo has options. House vacation homes are the favorite choice for large groups of visitors, with 201 featured here. Rental accommodations in the area that can cater for large groups include:

  • On the lookout for vacation homes that can sleep 6 of you? We have 353 that will suit. The prices start from $45 per night.
  • Keen to find a rental property for 8 guests? We have 100 that will work well. You can get one for as little as $94 a night.
  • Planning a trip away with a group of 5? We have 58 vacation homes that match your requirements. Prices begin at just $54 a night.

So don't fret! When you book with us you can bring along your mom, your cousin and all your friends to Oro Valley.

Where are the cheapest rentals in Oro Valley?

Forget those boring cookie-cutter chain-hotel rooms! Appreciate the charm of living like a local in an affordable rental instead. Have a look at the diverse options available for you now on Vrbo. Downtown is an awesome area to take a look at if you want to keep a handle on your budget. Vrbo has 69 rentals, and the average price is an agreeable $99 per night. Another 141 Vrbo rentals are available in or around Rancho Vistoso. With an average price of $106 a night, you're sure to snatch a deal worth boasting about.

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