Recreation & Adventure in Scenic SE Pinal County

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San Manuel, Arizona

Located on the edge of the picturesque Sonoran Desert, San Manuel overlooks the panoramic Galiuro Mountains. Just an hour or so NE of Tucson it makes a nice getaway for a day trip, vacation or secluded retreat.

Area Adventure

Area attractions include zipline tours, a cave Biosphere 2, and a casino. San Manuel is a gateway community of The Arizona Trail for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. A public airport is just 6.8 miles from the trail.

Local Things to Do

Local attractions offer a mining & mineral museum, library and a senior center. Also, find places to eat, lodging & RV park spaces and places to shop. San Manuel’s airport is just two miles away for personal aircraft. 

Scenic Drives

The region has various scenic & primitive roads for sightseeing and is a popular off-road destination for dirt bikes and OHV’s. Hunters can book hunting expeditions through local guide services.

Parks & Recreation

In the area are The Coronado National Forest, Oracle State Park and a wilderness area. In town are tennis courts, a basketball practice court and a park with picnic tables, grills and playground equipment.

Events & Entertainment

In October is the annual Copper Town Days car show & festival with food and live entertainment. And, the San Manuel Copper Classic off-road motorcycle race attracts people from all over each year.

Adventure Sports

Rent ATV/UTV’s and mountain bikes for adventure in the Mount Lemmon Rd vicinity. Also, find an archery range with multiple courses and bow & arrow rentals.

About San Manuel

Originally, San Manuel was a mining community with its booming copper mines to the north and in-town smelter. It was established in 1953 and built by Del E. Webb Construction Co. and M.O.W. Homes Inc. for the mining company. The neighborhoods are precisely laid out in an array of quaint midcentury-modern and ranch style homes and there are several shopping centers.

Today, San Manuel makes a nice family, retirement, snowbird or commuter location with affordable real estate and rentals. Bring in a business! There are commercial properties available to buy or rent.

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