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Situated in the lush rolling hills of the Santa Cruz River Valley, Green Valley lives up to its name. No wonder visitors contemplate relocation.

Green Valley may have started as a retirement community south of Tucson and north of Nogales, but the recreational opportunities within an easy drive attract active visitors of all ages.

The word is out on Green Valley. It’s no longer a place to quietly spend your pension. Nope, Green Valley offers proximity to some of Southern Arizona’s most prized attractions – and not just golf.

If you are into chasing a little white ball, Green Valley’s mild four-season climate attracts many amateur and pro golfers to its eight beautiful public and private courses. Beyond the greens, the charming artists colony of Tubac, just 20 minutes south, beckons. Nearby Madera Canyon, ranked as the third best birding destination in the United States, will have you pulling out your binoculars for 15 species of hummingbirds, along with tanagers, flycatchers, and trogons, to name just a few. Intrepid hikers can tackle the steep trails of Mount Wrightson, the second highest peak in Arizona. Handicap-accessible trails make for a gentler climb.

You’ll likely want to stay awhile. Lodging options run the gamut from deluxe ranch resorts to RV parks with expansive views to affordable condo rentals. So settle in and enjoy the greenery.

Green Valley is one of the larger active adult communities in the world. It is actually a collection of developments and communities located in extreme southern Arizona. The population is over 21,000 and growing. Surrounded by copper mines, and near the hiking and birding areas of the Santa Rita Mountains, Green Valley is an unincorporated retirement community composed of 59 Homeowner Associations. Homeowners who live within Green Valley Recreation areas are members of Green Valley Recreation. Green Valley Recreation, Inc. (GVR) is the organization serving the leisure and social needs of the age-restricted households in Green Valley. Over a dozen subdivisions combine to form the collective GVR association. Unlike most retirement communities that restrict residents to the amenities and social activity found within their particular neighborhood, GVR amenities and clubhouses are open to all members regardless of which community or subdivision in which they reside. The unique concept provides residents with a more robust, well-rounded community.

Green Valley Recreation Amenities

Being a member of GVR provides limitless access to the social and leisure activities offered in the valley. With a small annual fee, members have access to 13 recreation centers that include amenities such as fitness centers, hobby and craft areas, aerobics and dance studios, woodworking shops, and multi-purpose meeting rooms. Outside, the grounds of Green Valley are an active adult playground adorned with 13 swimming pools, scenic lakes, miles of walking and biking trails and tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, shuffleboard and basketball courts.

Golfers will find a variety of exciting and challenging courses in Green Valley including eight championship golf courses and a number of courses in the surrounding area. Both novices and experts will find a course to match their style in Green Valley.

For more information visit Green Valley Rec Association