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The Cañada del Oro River Park Trail follows its namesake waterway in the northern suburbs of Tucson from a junction with the longer Santa Cruz River Park Trail in Marana to Oro Valley. The recently completed trail features smooth pavement and undercrossings wherever it encounters a road.
Various destinations are conveniently located along the trail's route, including retail establishments in Oro Valley and both Pima Community College's Northwest Campus and the adjacent Northwest YMCA Pima County Community Center in unincorporated Pima County. You'll also pass under three connecting bridges for the Omni Tucson National Resort's two golf courses, which are separated by the Cañada del Oro River.
The continuous trail is actually known by several different names. In Oro Valley, the trail is also known as the Cañada del Oro (CDO) Shared Use Path or CDO Linear Park, with the exception of the easternmost tip along Big Wash, which is appropriately known as the Big Wash Shared Use Path. From Thornydale Road to Magee Road farther south, the trail is now officially known as the Cañada del Oro Christina-Taylor Green Memorial River Park in honor of the youngest victim of the mass shooting at a constituent meeting held by U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in 2011.
The Cañada del Oro River Park Trail is also part of a larger trail network called The Loop that will one day encompass 130 miles of trail throughout Tucson and Pima County.
Parking and restrooms for the Cañada del Oro River Park Trail are available at a trailhead on N. Shannon Road, south of W. Magee Road. An additional trailhead with parking is located on W. Starburst Drive off N. Thornydale Road.
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