Oracle State Park Oracle State Park
Oracle State Park Oracle State Park
Oracle State Park Oracle State Park
Oracle State Park Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park is a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains. It is one of the least-visited State Parks in Arizona, and is a true hidden gem. It offers more than 24 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails, including a section of the Arizona Trail. It is also famous for its views of the night skies, as well as the opportunity to travel back in time at a historic ranch house.

Dark Skies and Stargazing

Oracle State Park is best-known for its dark skies and exceptional stargazing conditions. The park was designated as an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association in 2014. The skyglow and light pollution from the Tucson area (which is already minimal, due to a united effort within Southern Arizona to preserve dark skies) is blocked out by the Catalina Mountains, despite only being about 20 miles straight-line distance away. Oracle State Park is unique among Dark Skies, due to its location so close to a major city. 

Tourists and locals alike flock to Oracle State Park for stargazing, star parties, and night-sky photography. The Milky Way can be seen faintly with the naked eye from Oracle State Park, and it can be seen even better through a telescope or with some more advanced camera equipment. 

After-Hours Dark Sky Access

Those who wish to enjoy the night skies can access the American Avenue Trailhead entrance after the main park entrance closes at 4 PM. Visitors should call (520) 896-2425 before 3 PM to receive a gate code and pay the $12 reservation fee. Arizona State Parks Annual Pass Holders still need to call the phone number for access, but the reservation fee is only $5. Overnight camping is not permitted in Oracle State Park at this time.

Kannally Ranch House

The original motivation behind Oracle State Park's creation in 2001 was actually to preserve the Kannally Ranch House, and the land around it. The 160-acre ranch was purchased in 1903, and the current house was constructed between 1929 and 1932. It was designed and built in the Mediterranean Revival Style with Moorish influences, and looks like a traditional Italian villa. The house offers a glimpse into the lives of early 20th century ranchers, with self-guided tours throughout the year, and many educational programs. 

Special Events and Star Parties

Throughout the year, Oracle State Park plays host to a number of different educational events, star parties, guided day and night hikes, and more. Visit the park's event calendar for a full event schedule! 

Park Amenities

Oracle State Park offers a Visitor Center and Park Store, located in the historic Kannally Ranch House. There you can find park maps and information, purchase water and small snacks, and get other questions answered by rangers. The park also has several picnic areas and two day-use ramadas. Oracle State Park is a Day Use Only park; overnight camping is prohibited. Camping can be found nearby at Catalina State Park. The main park gates close at 4 PM, but the American Avenue Trailhead remains open for stargazing to visitors with a reservation and gate code. See above for information on how to make a reservation. 

Getting Here

Oracle State Park is located approximately 40 miles, or 55 minutes' driving time from Marana, near the town of Oracle along Arizona State Highway 77. The main entrance can be accessed via American Avenue and the Mt. Lemmon Highway, and the American Avenue Trailhead is located just off of Highway 77. If you're headed away from Tucson, take the second interchange with American Avenue, and take the first interchange if you're headed towards Tucson. 

3820 E Wildlife Drive
Oracle, AZ  85623

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