Green Valley, a retirement community, was established in 1964. In the fertile Santa Cruz River Valley at an elevation of 2,900 feet, Green Valley is midway between Tucson and Nogales. It is a successful modern community built in an area full of historic lore. Green Valley occupies part of the vast (46,696 acres) San Ignacio de las Canoa grant which was given to new home Spain by the Spanish Crown in the 16th century.
The country-surrounding Green Valley abounds with historic attractions- early Spanish missions, frontier outposts and old mines. Tubac, located 25 miles south, is the oldest Spanish settlement in the Southwest. It has been a frontier town and an army outpost, and is now an active artist colony. The San Xavier del Bac Mission, 18 miles north, and Tumacacori National Monument, 30 miles south, are both Spanish missions built by Jesuit priests in the early 1700s.
Scenic drives and recreational opportunities are plentiful near Green Valley: Pena Blanca Lake, 40 miles southwest; Arivaca Lake, 33 miles southwest; Madera Canyon, 12 miles southeast; Kitt Peak Observatory, 40 miles west; Tohono O`Odham Indian Reservation, 12 miles north; and the Mexican border at Nogales, 45 miles south. Tucson, 25 miles north, offers many cultural and recreational attractions, sporting events, and a broad range of services.
Any visit to the area should include learning about the Santa Cruz Valley, the Sonoran Desert and the Arizona Indian Country.
Within Green Valley, the Titan II Missile Museum (the only one of its kind) is open daily. Several annual golf tournaments are held in Green Valley. Additionally, the three-day Country Fair and Parade is held in Green Valley every October. For the culturally minded, art events and activities from Tucson are available year-round in Green Valley.