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 remains closed to the public Monday through Friday.
Oracle Named International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA)
Designated in 2014. Download article in the March issue of Phoenix Magazine about Oracle's Dark Sky Designation. ( 837 KB PDF)
Volunteer Update-4/30/16: Read about the great work our volunteers are doing at Oracle State Park HERE. ( 2.3 MB PDF)
Recent Bird Sightings: White-tailed Kites
Photo: Craig Little
Park Event Calendar
Saturday, May 7: Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Oak-grasslands
10am.-12pm. with Sonoran Desert Herbalist, John Slattery, on the trail. Discover the variety of park plants as they relate to food, medicine and ethno-botany – and local landscapes. Please call for a reservation. Free with park admission, thanks to Friends of Oracle State Park.
Sunday, May 8: Docent-Led Granite Overlook Hike
9am. Meet at the Oak-Woodland Parking Area for a casual guided nature hike with volunteer, Alexander Connolly. The 1.6 mile loop walk will take about 1-1.5 hours. Reservation suggested. Free with park admission.
Saturday, May 14: Ranger-Led Plant Walk
9am. Meet at the Kannally Ranch House office for a one-hour guided walk with Ranger, Gary Faulkenberry, for an introduction to the vegetation of the park. Reservation suggested. Free with park admission.
Join the International Dark-Sky Association for seven days of celebration, learning and action!
Created in 2003 by high-school student Jennifer Barlow, International Dark Sky Week has grown to become a worldwide event and a key component of Global Astronomy Month. Each year it is held in April around Earth Day and Astronomy Day. This year celebrations begin Monday, April 4, and run through Sunday, April 10.
In explaining why she started the week, Barlow said, “I want people to be able to see the wonder of the night sky without the effects of light pollution. The universe is our view into our past and our vision into the future. … I want to help preserve its wonder.”
International Dark Sky Week draws attention to the problems associated with light pollution and promotes simple solutions available to mitigate it. To learn more, please visit: http://darksky.org/dark-sky-week-2016/
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.
For Reservations, call (520) 896-2425
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 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.
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 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.
- 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