ⓘ Tortolita Mountains. The Tortolita Mountains are a modest mountain range northwest of Tucson, Arizona, USA, at the northern boundaries of Oro Valley and Marana, ..

                                     

ⓘ Tortolita Mountains

The Tortolita Mountains are a modest mountain range northwest of Tucson, Arizona, USA, at the northern boundaries of Oro Valley and Marana, two suburbs of Tucson. Peak elevation is 4.696 feet. Much of the mountain range is protected within the Tortolita Mountain Park, established in 1986 by Pima County, which plans to expand its territory.

The Tortolita mountains include extensive cultural resources. Native Americans, known as "the Hohokam" occupied the area for approximately 700 years, starting around 500 ad. In the Eastern foothills of the Tortolita mountains, the ruins of the village "bees", the former Pueblo, the Hohokam preserved and maintained in the city of Oro valley.

There are a number of bee Canyon, a riparian area with one of Pima Countys several perennial streams, bees Creek. And residential development in this area has been a source of conflict between environmentalists and developers, in the early 1990-ies. Resorts, Golf courses and upscale homes was built close to the canyon, generating considerable controversy due to their threat to its cultural and environmental resources. Canyon rock is a small developed area with restrooms, and is the trailhead for the popular bee trail.

Other mountain ranges surrounding the Tucson valley include the Santa Catalina mountains in the locations of the most prominent mountains of the Rincon, Santa Rita, and Tucson mountains.