Park is open Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are 8am. – 5pm.
Environmental Education Field Trip Programs for school groups are scheduled weekdays by reservation. For reservations call the park office at (520) 896-2425.
Oracle State Park is open to the public on a limited basis: Weekdays, the park offers school programs and facility rental by reservation. The American Avenue trailhead parking lot is open seven days a week to access the National Scenic Arizona Trail, and to accommodate after hours use by stargazers. The park itself remains closed to the public Monday through Friday.
International Dark Sky Park
In 2014, Oracle State Park was designated as an International Dark Sky Park. This prestigious designation recognizes Oracle State Park as an exceptional place to view and contemplate the wonders of our night sky. Oracle is far enough away from most light pollution sources making the Milky Way visible, along with many other celestial objects. You can access the American Avenue Parking Area seven days a week, even though the main part of Oracle State Park is only open on Saturdays and Sundays, 8am - 5pm. This parking area is open for viewing the night sky or weekday access to the Arizona National Scenic Trail as well. Download a map and find your way to Oracle to view the brilliant night sky.
Self-guided tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House:
Visit the park office/gift shop and take a self-guided tour through the multi-level Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built 1929-1933, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Guided Tour of the historic Kannally Ranch House begins at 11am every Saturday and Sunday, for the drop-in public. 45-minute duration. Alternate times may be added by reservation.
Lee Kannally paintings exhibit continues
An exhibit of impressionist-style paintings by self-taught cowboy artist, Lee Kannally, is on display at the Kannally Ranch House. Nearly 30 oils are included in the exhibit, thanks to the Oracle Historical Societyand Friends of Oracle State Park
Saturday, October 8: Bird Talk and Guided Walk
3pm. Begins with a one-hour presentation in the Kannally Ranch House living room, followed by a 90-minute pre-sunset bird walk ending about 5:30pm. Bring a snack and wrap up about 6pm with a bird list while watching the sunset. Bird enthusiast Kathe Anderson returns with a new program, "Temporary Custody of a Rainbow". Learn the backstory of ten colorful migrants, such as the yellow warbler, blue grosbeak, summer tanager and others. Free with park entrance fee. Reservation suggested, so please call (520) 896-2425.
Sunday, October 9: Birding and Breakfast
7am. Kathe Anderson offers an early morning guided bird walk at the park beginning at 7am. Following the two-hour walk, participants will be treated to a special breakfast offering on the patio of the Kannally Ranch House, courtesy of the Friends of Oracle State Park. The group will review the morning sightings while enjoying coffee, treats and great views. $10 includes the park entrnace fee. Reservation required, please call (520) 896-2425.
Saturday, October 15: Super Full Moon Trail Music Event
4pm - 545pm. Take a pre-sunset walk along the Nature Trail Loop while enjoying the sounds of live instrumental music at designated spots along the trail from 4pm - 545pm. Walk back to the ranch house patio at sunset to see views of the Super Moon rising. The Super Moon will look extra big on the horizon because the presence of the full moon coincides with the moon's orbit at its closes position to earth. Park gates will remain open late until 730pm. Free with park admission. Thanks to Friends of Oracle State Park
Saturday, October 22: Environmental Education Trail Program Sampler
1pm. For families and kids of all ages! Meet at the Group Use Area for a 45-minute ranger or docent-led program on the trail. Sample hands-on interactive activities taken from the Oracle Adventure Program and Oracle Odyssey Program, designed for elementary grade school field trips to the park. Consider how animals depend on the five senses for survival, their habitat needs, and the relationship between plants, animals and people. Reservation required, six participant minimum. Free with park admission.
Sunday, October 30: "A Short Tour of the Sonoran Desert"
1pm. An Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum presentation by Museum Interpretive Docent Bob Elder. The program begins at 1pm in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Get a sampling from a variety of themes covered by docents presenting outdoor tours of the Museum; ecology, biodiversity, and animal life history information included. Free with park admission. Space is limited so please call for a reservation.
Saturday, November 5: Reserved for Wedding
Late afternoon, may limit access to Kannally Ranch House. Guided house tour at 11am
Saturday, November 12: Reserved for Wedding
Late afternoon, may limit access to Kannally Ranch House. Guided house tour at 11am
Sunday, November 13: Ranger-Led Guided Hike
1pm. Explore the new two-mile section of Arizona Trail recently rerouted through the park. Roundtrip three-mile hike returns to windmill via the Powerline Trail. Meet at the Kannally Ranch House for shuttle to Windmill. Reservation required, six participant minimum.
Saturday, November 19: Tohono O'odham Basketweaving Demonstration
1pm. Oracle provides traditional bear-grass gathering grounds for people of the lower desert. Elizabeth Jose of the Tohono O'odham Nation will be on hand witha weaving project to show technique, beginning at 1pm on the ranch house patio. Free with park admission. Thanks to the support of The Friends of Oracle State Park
Sunday, November 20: Ethnobotany Program: Medical Making Workshop
10am - 12pm. With Sonoran Herbalist John Slattery. Using plants which can be found in the park, he'll demonstrate how to make an oil infusion and turn it into a salve, and include some discussion about each plant. John will bring a display of Desert Tortoise Botanicals products for sales and will sign advance copies of his new book Southwest Foraging Space is limited so reservation is required. Workshop fee: $3 with park entry. Sponsored by Friends of Oracle State Park.
Saturday, December 3: Holiday Wreathmaking Workshop
1pm - 4pm. Make your own holiday wreath using plant material gathered at Oracle State Park, including soapberry, mistletoe, buckwheat, manzanita, juniper and more. Space is limited; please call for a reservation. The workshop fee of $10 includes park admission.
Saturday, December 10: Bighorn Basics
1pm. Join Arizona State Parks volunteer Richard Boyer as he presents "Bighorn Basics" at the Kannally Ranch House for a 35-minute talk to learn more about bighorn sheep. What are they? Where have they been? Where are they now? Many of the tools we use can be compared to the tools the Bighorn Sheep use to survive in mountainous areas of Arizona. For several years, Richard presented this Bighorn Basics program at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where he retired as a seasonal National Park Service Ranger. Free with park admission. Reservation preferred
Sunday, December 11: Bear Necessities
1pm. Would you like to know more about the black bear of Arizona? Then this is the program for you! Information about bears, an appearance from the "Everywhere Bear," and information about safety around bears will be presented in this interactive 30 to 40-minute program presented by interpretive docent Richard Boyer in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. You might even win a prize for your knowledge about the black bear! Free with park admission; reservation suggested.
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.
Tour the historic Kannally Ranch House at 11 am or by group reservation, Saturdays and Sundays year-round.
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.
In 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
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 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.
- Alamo Lake
- Buckskin Mountain
- Cattail Cove
- Lake Havasu
- River Island
- Yuma Quartermaster Depot
- Yuma Territorial Prison
- Dead Horse Ranch
- Fort Verde
- Red Rock
- Riordan Mansion
- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum
- Fool Hollow Lake
- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
- Tonto Natural Bridge