A Scenic Destination in SE Pinal County

San Manuel, Arizona is a community on the edge of the Sonoran Desert and overlooks the San Pedro River valley and panoramic Galiuro Mountains. Just an hour or so northeast of Tucson it makes a nice getaway for a day trip, vacation or secluded retreat. Not only are there spectacular mountain views but picturesque saguaro desert is nearby. Bring a camera!

Area attractions include Arizona Zipline Adventures, Peppersauce Cave and San Manuel is a gateway community of the Arizona Trail for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Find lodging and RV spaces and places to eat.

Local attractions offer a museum, library, outdoor swimming pool and senior center. A public airport is just two miles away for personal aircraft .

The region has various scenic backroads and primitive/4WD roads as well as off-road adventure for dirt bikes and ATV’s. It’s also a popular area for hunting and has guide services.

In October is the Copper Town Days car show with food and entertainment. The San Manuel Copper Classic off-road motorcycle race is also an annual event of interest to both contestants and spectators.

Originally, San Manuel was housing for its booming copper mines to the north and in-town smelter. The community was established in 1953 and built by Del E. Webb Construction Co. and M.O.W. Homes Inc. for the mining company. It is precisely laid out with several shopping centers and an array of quaint midcentury-modern homes. Today it makes a nice family, retirement, snowbird and commuter location with affordable real estate and rentals. Bring in a business! There are many commercial properties available to buy or rent.