1. Catalina State Park
11570 N. Oracle Road, (520) 628-5798, azstateparks.com/catalina
With the springtime weather upon us, now’s the perfect time to climb aboard that bike and start spinning your wheels. If you’re a mountain biker, there’s no better place to do that than the 5,500-acre Catalina State Park. Nearly all trails are bike-friendly and you can pick whether you want a relaxing ride or a hearty workout.
2. Titan Power Sport and Rentals
3. Chuck Huckleberry Loop Trail
1. Farmers Market Steam Pump Ranch
10901 N. Oracle Road, (520) 229-5050, heirloomfm.org/markets/oro-valley
Come out to Steam Pump Ranch on Saturday mornings to browse a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fresh eggs and meats. You get to meet your neighbors, learn about local vendors and enjoy some sunshine—and you’ll leave with new friends and plenty of fixins for your weekend meals.
2. Tohono Chul
3. Titan Power Sports
8235 N. Silverbell Road #175, (219) 808-5939, achievestrengthandfitness.com
Specializing in weight loss and strength training, Achieve Strength and Fitness helps keep the Northwest in shape while feeling—and looking—their best. Not only are they a full- scale gym, Achieve also has fitness classes, nutrition coaching, personal training and semi-private strength training sessions. They also offer classes for early risers starting at 5 a.m. and evening classes for those who prefer to workout later in the day. To top it off, they even have a supplement store inside the gym to make sure you’re maximizing your gains around the clock.
2. Sun City Oro Valley, Fitness Center
3. BodyBasics Health & Fitness
1. The Views Golf Club
1555 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd., (520) 825-3110, theviewsgolfclub.com
As one of Oro Valley’s premiere golf courses, The View Golf Club was created in harmony with the sur- rounding desert setting against the backdrop of the Catalina Mountains. With 6,715 yards of rolling hills and lush, green fairways, this 18-hole, par 72 course is heralded as one of the best in Southern Arizona for advanced players and newcomers to the game. Make the trip out to Sun City and find out why our golf community raves about these links.
2. The Preserve Golf Course
3. Saddlebrooke II
1. Heart and Soul Kids
8363 N. Oracle Road, (520) 818-7974, heartandsoulkids.com
Founded by former Wildcat gymnastics standout Deanna Sherman, Heart & Soul Kids offers a place for kids to do what they do best: run around, dance, climb and, of course, tumble down on soft mats that will keep them safe. Heart & Soul Kids offers classes, birthday parties, camps and other fun events. Your kids will flip over this place!
2. Arizona Dynamics
3. BC Dance
1. Sabino Canyon
5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road, fs.usda.gov/recarea/coronado
Is it any surprise the world-reknown Sabino Canyon came out on top in this category? With dozens of trails leading up into the Catalina Mountains, you can do a different one every week and never get bored. Plus, you’ll often find running streams and if you get worn out, you can ride the new tram back down to the base. Bring plenty of water and be aware of the heat while you’re out there.
2. Catalina State Park- Canyon Loop
3. Iris Dewhirst Pima Canyon Trailhead (Magee)
810 W. Naranja Drive, (520) 229-5050, orovalleyaz.gov/parksandrec/parks/naranja-park
Why do we love Naranja Park so much? Sure, it’s got a dog park and ball- fields and plenty of open space to enjoy, but we think Cupid himself must practice at the archery range and his love-filled arrows sink into the hearts of all visitors, making them fall hopelessly under the spell of this wondrous corner of Oro Valley.
3. Tangerine Sky
Place to Take Visitors
1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N. Kinney Road, (520) 883-2702, desertmuseum.org
There’s no better place to introduce visitors to the natural wonders of our corner of the world than the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. We love seeing the critters and the plants, browsing the gallery and enjoying lunch. Plus, we can’t wait until the Packrat Playhouse reopens!
2. Splitting Timber Axe Range
3. Tohono Chul- walk around and restaurant (when open)
1. Body Basics
1631 W. Ina Rd #111, (520) 498-0359, bodybasics.biz
With the COVID outbreak, getting into a crowded room to work on your breathing might not be the best path to better health, but Body Basics switched up to virtual yoga, with one-on- one or group virtual training sessions via Zoom. That’s the kind of flexibility you develop when you dedicate yourself to stretching your body and mind, and it’s why Body Basics is among the best.
2. Yoga Oasis
3. Tucson Yoga Sol