El Rio Recreation Area "a must-visit recreation destination"

Pima County recently covered a story about all of the exciting endeavors underway at the “El Rio Recreation Area,” a 300-acre area that encompasses several destinations, including WDG Project El Rio Preserve. The El Rio Preserve trailhead, featuring a pedestrian plaza and observation deck, is currently under construction, but the County-owned Los Morteros Conservation Area is complete and open to visitors! This 120-acre archaeological conservation area was a project of Pima County Regional Flood Control District, and now offers visitors a series of pedestrian pathways and interpretive signage to learn about the region’s rich history.

Construction site at El Rio Preserve. Pictured is the pedestrian plaza which will eventually include seating and interpretive signage.

The exciting piece of news here is that El Rio Preserve and Los Morteros are across the street from each other! The Town of Marana recognized the importance of that connection, and recently installed a crosswalk connecting the two sites across Coachline Boulevard. The Loop Trail, along with future plans for a disc-golf course, will truly make this a “must-visit recreation destination.”

Stay tuned for more updates on the El Rio Preserve trailhead project, which is scheduled for completion in fall of 2019. More updates on the El Rio Preserve can be found on the Town of Marana’s El Rio Preserve website, and the Friends of El Rio Preserve Facebook Page. In the meantime, take a visit!

The Loop Trail passes right along El Rio Preserve.

Entry to Los Morteros

Interpretation at Los Morteros