Outdoor Recreation & Adventure – NE of Tucson

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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 Attractions

Area attractions include zipline tours, a cave, Biosphere 2, a casino and San Manuel is a gateway community of The Arizona Trail. Also, find UTV and mountain bike rentals and an archery range course.

Local Attractions

In San Manuel are UTV rentals, a mining & mineral museum, library and senior center. Also, find places to eat, lodging & RV park spaces and places to shop. San Manuel has an airport for personal aircraft.

Scenic Drives

The region has various scenic & primitive roads for sightseeing. It’s also a popular destination for dirt bikes, OHV’s and you can rent UTV’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 a playground.

Exciting Events

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.

About San Manuel

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

Today, San Manuel 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.