In the late 1920s, native Tucsonan John W. Murphy bought nearly 8,000 acres of federal and state land in the foothills far north of Tucson. Over the next 50 years, the legendary land speculator developed his land by building roads, homes, churches, schools and shopping centers. Murphy occasionally sold parcels of land, but imposed 50-year deed restrictions that limited architectural styles, colors and building heights that laid the foundation for the affluent suburb. Growth has continued through to the present time, and now Catalina Foothills stands as one of the premier areas of Tucson to live and raise a family.
Tucson as a whole offers diverse, multicultural experiences and is home to over 30 golf courses, a prestigious Pac-10 University, three spring-training teams, including the 2001 World Series winning Diamondbacks, and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, along with the largest, private collection of aircraft in the world.
The breathtaking Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, is close to Catalina foothills and features a 3.8 mile paved road into the canyon that offers access to Sabino Creek and a number of swimming holes, picnic areas and trailheads. Visitors can travel by foot, horseback, bicycle or shuttle (the road is closed to private vehicles). The shuttle operates year round and guides offer a history of the canyon and identify the flora and fauna, birds and rock formations.