Recreation & Adventure in Scenic SE Pinal County

San Manuel, Arizona is a community on the edge of the Sonoran Desert and overlooks the San Pedro River valley and Galiuro Mountains. There are panoramic mountain views and picturesque saguaro desert is nearby. Bring a camera! Just an hour or so northeast of Tucson it makes a nice getaway for a day trip, vacation or secluded retreat.

Area attractions include zipline tours, a cave and San Manuel is a gateway community of The Arizona Trail for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

Local attractions offer a mining museum, library and a senior center. A public airport is two miles away for personal aircraft. You can also find lodging & RV spaces and places to eat.

The region has various scenic & primitive roads and is a popular off-road adventure destination for dirt bikes and OHV’s. It’s also a hub for hunting expeditions and has guide services.

In October is the Copper Town Days car show festival with food and entertainment. The San Manuel Copper Classic off-road motorcycle race is also an annual event.

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 a quaint array of midcentury-modern homes.

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.