Location

Oracle Locator Map

Elevation 3,700 - 4,600 feet  Fees

Contact the Park:
(520) 896-2425
Oracle SP
3820 Wildlife Drive
Oracle, AZ 85623

Facilities

Restrooms Gift Shop Exhibits Group: Day Use Areas Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Equestrian Trails Biking Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 1 mile

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511 Speed Code

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Park's Speed Code: 4228#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00
Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

Fee Schedule

Friends Group

Friends of Oracle State Park, Inc.

Friends of Oracle State Park, Inc., a nonprofit corporation

Oracle State Park: Center for Environmental Education

Desert Evening Primrose flowerOracle Re-OpensThe park is open Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are 8 am - 5 pm. Environmental Education Field Trip Programs for school groups are scheduled weekdays by reservation.

For reservations, call the park office at (520) 896-2425.



Skys shoot across the night sky in this time-lapse photo of the Milky Way Galaxy over Oracle State Park.

Check out all of 2015's great Star Party events Here.

Read the article in the March issue of Phoenix Magazine about Oracle's Dark Sky Designation Here.(PDF Document 837 KB PDF) 


PARK EVENTS

Look for the Latest Event Calendar Here (PDF Document 70KB PDF)

Every Saturday & Sunday: The Kannally Ranch House Tour

10a.m. and again at 2p.m.
Learn more about one of the earliest cattle ranching families to Oracle, and the architectural treasure they left behind, on a 45-minute Docent or Ranger-led tour of the Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built in 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No reservation is needed. Free with park admission.


Saturday, April 25: Plant Workshop with Sonoran Desert Herbalist, John Slattery

9am-12pm. Have you ever wondered how the local plants can be used for food and medicine? Join Sonoran herbalist John Slattery for a walk through the oak grasslands of Oracle State Park. We’ll identify and discuss a variety of plants growing in the park while covering some aspects of botany, ethno-botany, harvesting techniques, medicine making, food preparation, clinical applications, and even how you might implement these plants into your home landscape. Each participant will leave with a renewed sense of awe and inspiration for the desert in which they live. Space is limited; reservation required. Free with park admission.

Sunday, April 26: Southwest Drawing Workshop, with Joella Jean Mahoney

11am-1pm. No drawing experience is necessary for this workshop. Joella is a lifelong painter with a home and studio in Sedona, Arizona. Her vivid, powerful, large-scale paintings are exhibited nationally and internationally and are in many public and private collections.  Her paintings are all inspired by places she has hiked or backpacked.  In 1985, the State of Arizona and the Arizona Parks Foundation invited Joella Jean Mahoney to produce a painting that would commemorate the dedication of Oracle State Park.  A print of the painting, part of her Monsoon Sky Series, is currently on display at the Kannally Ranch House. Reservation required; free with park admission.

Saturday, May 16: Kids to Parks Day

ALL DAY. Bring the family for a picnic and trail walk at Oracle State Park. Ask in the office/gift-shop for a Junior Ranger Program pack, full of activities to complete while at the park. Interactive environmental education activities will be offered for the drop in public throughout the day. No reservation required; free with park entrance fee.Saturday, May 16: Papermaking with Plants Workshop, with Instructor, Val Bembenek

Saturday, May 16: Papermaking with Plants Workshop, with Instructor, Val Bembenek

11am-1pm. Learn basic papermaking using mold and deckle in vats of pulp from plants such as Iris leaf, Ocotillo flower, and Creosote leaf; and take home your richly textured sheets. Reservation required; $10 workshop fee includes park entrance fee.

Sunday, May 17: Mineralogy Talk

11am. Starts at the Kannally Ranch House. Join mineralogist, Wolfgang Mueller, for a show and tell about minerals associated with the copper mining industry of Arizona, including stones used in jewelry; and a demonstration of how carbide lamps work in mining. Free with park entrance fee: reservation suggested.


Wrap-Up Gallery: Live Music & Star Party Photo Gallery

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Tour the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Each Saturday and Sunday the historic Kannally Ranch house will be open for self guided tours (or guided tours offered by reservation). The Mediterranean-Revival Style Ranch House built in 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Walking TourCowboy Artist Lee Kannally Paintings

An exhibit of impressionist-style paintings by self-taught cowboy artist Lee Kannally is on display at the Kannally Ranch House.

Nearly 30 oils, many that haven’t been on public display for decades, are included in the exhibit, with 24 on loan from the Oracle Historical Society and the remainder owned by Friends of Oracle State Park.



Both a wildlife refuge and environmental learning center, Oracle State Park offers groups a chance to learn more about human's impact on nature.

Oracle State Park is a 4,000 acre wildlife refuge in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains. The park offers day-use picnic areas and over 15 miles of trails for use by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. In addition, a section of the National Scenic Arizona Trail crosses through the park.

The property once belonged to one of the earliest cattle ranching families in Oracle, and includes a unique Mediterranean and Moorish style ranch house listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Kannally Ranch House may be reserved for group use or weddings. Constructed between 1929-33, the adobe house is four levels built up the hillside. Self-guided tours are available with guided tours on select dates. From the patios enjoy sweeping views of granite boulder outcrops and the San Pedro River Valley and Galiuro Mountain range in the distance.

Oracle SP also serves as a Center for Environmental Education and provides programming for all ages. Interactive programs for school groups are offered by reservation. These programs are conducted along trails, so students learn about habitat and the interrelationships between plants, animals, and people. Additional public programs, workshops, tours and concerts are offered throughout the year.

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Area History

Kannally Rnach House
Tour the historic Kannally Ranch House at 10 am and 2 pm, on Saturdays, until April 28.

Although the land has been a park for just a short while, the area has been visited and used by man since prehistoric times. This interaction between man and the park environment has played an important role in shaping the landscape we see today.

Clovis Man occupied areas along the San Pedro River 10,000 to 11,000 years ago and quite possibly visited the current park site during these early times. It is also believed that the Hohokam resided in the relatively flat, grassy areas of the park and used the adjacent woodlands for hunting and food gathering some 600-800 years ago.

In the middle 1880s the Apache Wars had ceased in central and southern Arizona. This opened up large areas to mining, ranching, farming and the settlement of small towns.

Friends of Oracle State ParkIn 1902 Neil Kannally arrived in Oracle from Illinois. After moving to the area, he homesteaded the land that would later become the park. Later, other members of the Kannally family joined him. The ranch grew substantially over the next several years and eventually 1100 Hereford cattle grazed the land.

In 1976, Lucile Kannally, the last surviving family member, donated the land to Defenders of Wildlife who later transferred the property to the State Parks Board

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The Oracle Adventure: An Environmental Education Program for Grades 1-3

The Oracle Adventure offers an environmental awareness program specifically designed for sensory learning. This participatory and interactive field trip focuses on developing an awareness of nature through the senses. Appreciation of the natural world and our relationship to it is emphasized during a series of hands-on activities along a trail in the 4000 acre park. Park rangers and trained docents will guide the students during the 90 minute program, as they explore the oak-grassland and learn to use all of their senses in this exploration. Teachers receive a packet with pre-visit and post-visit classroom activity suggestions to further enhance the on-site experience.

The Catalina Adventure Program, based on the Oracle Adventure, is also offered seasonally at Catalina State Park. Call (520) 628-5798.

The Oracle Odyssey: An Environmental Education Program for Grades 4-6

The Odyssey sparks curiosity, challenges students to think about the environment in new ways, and encourages students to consider simple positive actions that contribute to healthy environment. The Oracle Odyssey focuses on habitat and interrelationships and includes the study of humans as an integral part of the natural community.

Teachers receive a packet with complete pre-visit and post-visit lesson plans. The materials contain specific key concepts, teacher background information, and student activity sheets. During their field studies, students are guided by park rangers in a series of activities along a trail in the 4,000 acre park. This 2 1/2 hour program of hands-on activities brings ecological concepts learned in the classroom into a real world context.