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Marana

Marana, Arizona

Introduction to Marana, Arizona

Marana, Arizona, in Pima county, is 22 miles NW of Tucson, Arizona. The town is considered part of the Tucson metropolitan area. Marana has a population of 13,556.

Marana History

A Jesuit priest named Father Eusebio Francisco Kino visited this area in 1694 as the first European to do so. The name of this town is derived from the Spanish word “maraña,” which means “thicket.” It was so named because local railroad workers had to clear a dense growths of mesquite so a railway line could be constructed in the 19th century. Marana was incorporated as a town in March of 1977.

Marana and nearby Attractions

  • Ora Mae Harn Park
  • Marana Heritage River Park
  • Wild Burro Canyon Trails
  • Santa Cruz River Walking Path
  • Pima Air Museum

Things To Do In Marana

The Town of Marana provides amenities for a vast assortment of recreational opportunities. There are 8 parks in the town which have facilities for sports like soccer, basketball and tennis. The Ora Mae Harn Park has a public swimming pool. There is also access to a hiking trail and a walking path in the town.

Marana Transportation

Tucson International is the nearest major airport.

Marana Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at the University of Arizona, Pima Community College and Central Arizona College.

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