Exploring Dove Mountain
Welcome to the resort-style community of Dove Mountain, just north of Tucson, AZ. This luxury, master-planned community comprising nine square miles of preserved natural desert is nestled in the Tortolita Mountains. Elevations range from 2,700 to 4,300 feet, providing cooler temperatures and gorgeous views. Dove Mountain gets its name from the Tortolita Mountain range. Tortolita means little turtle dove in Spanish.
From an established active adult community to blossoming new neighborhoods, Dove Mountain has an abundance of offerings for everyone from growing families to retirees. There are over 4,000 homes with architectural styles ranging from contemporary to southwest Santa Fe, including many high-end luxury homes. Established in 1996, the median year built for homes in Dove Mountain is 2008. At the time of this blog post (June 18, 2022), home prices range from approximately $350,000 to over 6 million dollars. 85% of homes in the community are owner-occupied. With many residents making Dove Mountain their second home.
The median age of residents is in their fifties. Residents of Dove Mountain enjoy an active lifestyle including walking, jogging, hiking, biking, parks, and horseback riding. Many of the neighborhoods and clubs also offer swimming, tennis, pickleball, golfing, fitness centers, and events. Throughout the Dove Mountain parks, you will find amenities such as playgrounds, dog parks, grills, pavilions, basketball courts, green spaces, trails, and public restrooms.
Over 50 miles of pet-friendly hiking trails weave through the community and into the Tortolita Mountains. Some of the area’s most popular trails, such as the well-known Wild Burro, Javelina, and Wild Mustang, begin in Dove Mountain. Enjoy gains of 2000+ feet as you hike through the breathtaking Sonoran Desert studded with majestic saguaros. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned hiker, Dove Mountain has a trail for you.
For the golf enthusiast, Dove Mountain has some of the best golf in AZ, featuring 81 exquisite holes across three golf clubs. The award-winning Golf Club at Dove Mountain’s 27 holes were designed by legendary golf champion Jack Nicklaus, and spans across three courses. This luxury club also offers a golf shop, practice areas, and a 45,000 sq foot clubhouse. The Gallery Golf and Sports Club features two highly acclaimed 18-hole courses that have hosted several high-profile events. This private club also offers fitness and spa facilities, pickleball, tennis, and pools. And The Highlands at Dove Mountain is a public 18-hole championship course designed by Arthur Hills. There are 25 different practice areas to improve your chipping, pitching, and sand play. All three clubs offer dining options.
The Ritz Carlton Resort and Spa proudly sits at the top of Dove Mountain Boulevard, surrounded by the enchanting canyons and saguaro-studded landscape of the Tortolita Mountains. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain offers a spirit of adventure in a luxury setting. The secluded location creates a quiet retreat where resort guests indulge in a wide array of experiences such as championship golf at the Golf Club of Dove Mountain; holistic, gemstone-inspired therapies at the award-winning luxury spa; 26 miles of hiking trails through a unique desert oasis, and a sprawling swimming pool complex, as well as several resort restaurants. In addition, their exclusive suites offer spacious accommodations, private patios, and panoramic canyon views. The Ritz Carlton-Dove Mountain also has conference and meeting rooms, as well as space to host weddings, young explorer programs, and so much more.
Northwest Fire District-Station 37 serves Dove Mountain and is located just off Dove Mountain Boulevard. The station is staffed 24/7, with many of the crew members calling Dove Mountain home. The station has additional equipment specific for aiding in brush fires and hiker rescues, enabling them to quickly reach difficult areas and render aid.
Dove Mountain is served by the Marana Unified School District, including the Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 school located within the community. Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 opened in 2019 and is the first school of its kind in AZ to feature a specialized and innovative 21st-century learning experience. Students engage in rigorous computer science, engineering, technology, and math academics utilizing exploratory hands-on learning, mobile devices, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, science labs, outdoor learning, and maker spaces.
Dove Mountain center is located at the crossroads of Dove Mountain Boulevard and Tangerine Road. The shopping center offers several restaurants, a veterinary clinic, hair and nail salons, a pharmacy, walk-in clinic, dry cleaners, and more. The Shops at Tangerine Crossing are located approximately 2 miles east on Tangerine Road and host a grocery store, restaurants, auto care, medical office, and other retail options. Additional shopping is available within 4 miles at the Tucson Premier Outlets at Marana Center. This open-air outlet mall features a variety of name-brand stores, as well as opportunities to enjoy a snack along with the welcoming AZ climate.
There is nothing better than happening upon a mama javelina and her babies or an elusive bobcat. From wild horses to rattlesnakes, Dove Mountain has a vast array of wildlife. Birdwatchers will delight in the abundance of opportunities to observe numerous species, including roadrunners, hummingbirds, and quail. Residents and guests delight in spotting local wildlife while sipping their morning coffee.
Dove Mountain, located in the breathtaking Sonoran Desert, has so much to offer, making it difficult to cover in just one article. Golf courses, hiking trails, and even neighborhoods winding through regal saguaro, rolling hills, and rocky outcrops are just the beginning. Residents and visitors alike enjoy hikes to historic petroglyphs, stargazing under the desert sky, biking through the Tortolita Mountains, shopping, and dining. With so many local treasures and quick access to I-10, Tucson, and Phoenix, it is no wonder people choose to call Dove Mountain home.