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64 Scheduled Events

Saturday, August 17, 2019   8:30 a.m.

Butterfly Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is a hub for local pollinators, making it a perfect place to learn about butterflies in the great outdoors!

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Every Wednesday and Saturday   7:00 a.m.

Wednesday and Saturday Bird Walks

Red Rock State Park

Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginners and advanced birders. The greatest diversity of bird species can be found in the riparian area next to Oak Creek or along the field behind the Visitor Center.

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Every Saturday   2:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Join staff and visitors for an Ice Cream Social at the Buckskin Center!

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Every Saturday   2 p.m.

Ice Cream Social at the Buckskin Center

River Island State Park

Join staff and visitors for an Ice Cream Social at the Buckskin Center in Buckskin Mountain State Park!

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Saturday, August 17, 2019   10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Digital Photographers Meet

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post-processing are invited to meet in the Smith Building lecture room.

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Every Saturday this summer   9 a.m.

Guided Hike on the Petroglyph Trail

Lyman Lake State Park

Come out to cool Lyman Lake State Park for a ranger-led hike on the Petroglyph Trail. After the hike, stick around for a chat with the ranger!

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Saturday, August 17, 2019   7 p.m.

SOLD OUT! Evening Lecture: John K. Hillers, Photographic Chronicler of John Wesley Powell's 1872 Expedition

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

SOLD OUT! When John Wesley Powell explored the Green and Colorado Rivers during his famous expedition of the Grand Canyon 150 years ago, there was no photographer to capture images of the experience.  Fortunately, Powell found a master photographic chronicler for his 1872 expedition in boatman John K. Hillers.

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Saturdays from June to August   4:00 p.m.

Summer Children's Program

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Come explore the nature of Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, with different themes each week!

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Saturday, August 17, 2019   1 p.m.

Mineralogy Program

Oracle State Park

Join local mineralogist, Wolfgang Mueller, for a program in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House on gems, minerals, and the copper industry of Arizona.

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August 18 | September 22   Times vary

Desert Scorpion Hunting at Lost Dutchman

Lost Dutchman State Park

Enjoy the desert under the glow of black light in search scorpions! Listen to a brief informative talk about scorpions before journeying into the desert night on your hunt.

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Friday, August 23, 2019   9:00 a.m.

Nature Hike

Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area

Enjoy a short, rugged hike from Fool Hollow Lake to Show Low Creek and learn about "The Wild Side of Fool Hollow!" Wild views of Show Low Creek and its canyon are a highlight of this hike.

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4th Saturday of the Month   30 minutes after sunset

Star Party at Homolovi State Park

Homolovi State Park

Come out to Homolovi's Visitor Center Museum and Observatory for a night under the stars. Dress warmly and bring your sense of wonder.

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August 24 to October 6, 2019

Water/Ways Exhibit

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Community Event - Camp Verde Community Library

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Saturday, August 24, 2019   8 a.m.

Geology Tour

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Learn about rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a tour with a professional geologist as your guide for a lively tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history.

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Saturdays, August 24, September 28, 2019   Times vary

Sunset Hiking Series

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Hike through the beautiful Whetstone Mountains as we journey along this trail that climbs the limestone hill north of the cave and descends into the wash that follows the fault between the Whetstone Block and the San Pedro Block.

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Sunday, August 25, 2019   8 a.m.

Edible and Medicinal Plants Tour

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Did wind-blown pollen from jojoba shrubs prompt you to reach for the anti-histamines last month? Spring flowers on these ubiquitous shrubs should produce a crop of seeds during mid-Summer; if your only familiarity with jojoba is from skin lotion, be here Saturday afternoon to learn a few more uses for these wax-packed seeds.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019   8 a.m.

Lizard Walk

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

Arizona lizards do comical pushups to display their blue bellies - attend a tour guided by expert naturalists.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019   8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Prickly Pear Fruit Processing Workshop

Oracle State Park

Learn about the wonders of the prickly pear cactus, with some discussion of prickly pear medicine. With blender and straining equipment, we will demonstrate a relatively quick and simple method to process prickly pear at home.

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Sunday, September 1, 2019   2 p.m.

The Earliest Apache in Arizona: Evidence and Arguments

Red Rock State Park

Recent research provides evidence of ancestral Apaches in the southern Southwest at least as early as the A.D. 1300s. Join us for a lecture with Dr. Deni J. Seymour, an archaeologist, ethnographer, and ethnohistorian wit three decades of personal and professional investment in knowledge about the indigenous tribes of the southern portion of the American Southwest.

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September 7, October 5, November 9, December 7   4:30 p.m. - 7:05 p.m.

Kartchner Caverns Photo Tours!

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Have you ever wanted to take photos of the amazing underground world of Kartchner Caverns? Here's your chance! Arizona State Parks and Trails now offers an opportunity to take photos inside the cave every month. Registration for this tour is $125 per person.

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First Saturday of the Month   11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Saturdays at the Museum

Colorado River State Historic Park

Join us for our new Saturdays at the Museum series, held the first Saturday of the month through September. Participants will enjoy hands-on learning while creating historic crafts.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019   7 p.m.

Evening Lecture: Reflections on the Powell Expeditions

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Author Tom Martin will review the landscape Powell traveled through, recount some of the background history leading up to the first Powell river trip, the events of the trip, and subsequent legend, history and fact.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019   6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Brian Berggoetz Band with Grey Skies Blue

Catalina State Park

Come on out to Catalina State Park and enjoy performances from two fantastic bands!

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Sunday, September 8, 2019   1-3 p.m.

SOLD OUT! Riordan Second Sunday Special Event: Tea on the Veranda

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

SOLD OUT! Step back to 1904 with a time period inspired afternoon tea on the veranda. You are welcome to dress in your finest Victorian or Edwardian attire and wear your favorite hat. 

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September 13 | October 12   September 13 at 5:30 p.m. | October 12 at 4:30 p.m.

Full Moon Hike

Red Rock State Park

The Full Moon Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Join us for an exciting evening under the night sky of Sedona.

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September 14   Aug-Sept. 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Full Moon Hikes

Lost Dutchman State Park

Join us for a guided 2.5-mile hike on Jacob’s Crosscut Trail at the base of the mysterious Superstition Mountains. August event has been canceled.

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September 14-15, 2019

Family Campout

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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Saturdays, September 14, October 12, November 9, 2019   12:20 p.m.

Sign Language Saturday Cave Tours

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Come out and see the caves! Arizona State Parks and Trails is excited to announce our new Sign Language Saturdays. We will be offering tours joined by a sign language interpreter to help make the experience the most fun and educational for those in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019   2 p.m.

Seasonal Changes at the Park

Oracle State Park

Join Hilary Cox on a virtual tour through seasonal changes in vegetation at Oracle State Park. Learn more about interrelationships between plants, insects, birds and the weather.

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September 21, 2019   4pm - 7pm

Taste at the Bridge

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Sample some of rim country's best wine, beer, food, art and music that rim country has to offer! This gala event will raise funds to benefit construction and maintenance projects at Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.

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September 21-22, 2019

Family Campout

Slide Rock State Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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Saturday, September 21, 2019   7-10 p.m.

Arboretum Members Only - Bat Night

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

"Bat Night" with Arizona Game & Fish is your chance to see these fascinating creatures up close. Join AZGF field biologists here at the Arboretum for an unforgettable members-only event.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019   4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Dark Sky Program, Live Music and Star Party

Oracle State Park

Special guest speaker Michael Weasner will offer a presentation on the potential for the town of Oracle to become an International Dark Sky Community, followed by live music and a star party.

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September 28, 2019   9:00 am - 3:00 p.m.

Verde River Day 2019

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

Celebrate all things outdoors while learning about the dynamic ecology of the Verde River. All day events and activities for the whole family! This event is free!

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Saturday, September 28, 2019   6:45 p.m.

STAR Party

Red Rock State Park

The dark skies of Red Rock State Park allow visitors to easily see the stream of stars and dark dust lanes with the unaided eye. Join us for great times under the stars of Sedona!

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Saturday, September 28, 2019   8:30 a.m.

Following the Monarch Migration through Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Join the Southwest Monarch Study for an exciting morning of butterfly netting and tagging. This program is an outdoor event so please be ready to be outdoors.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019   6 - 8 p.m.

Beetles of Arizona

Oracle State Park

Join Margarethe Brummermann, PhD, at the historic Kannally Ranch House for a slide show presentation including spectacular images from her photographic collection.

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September 29, 2019   1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Colonel's Daughter/Little Britches & Petticoat Contest

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Young women from the Camp Verde area compete in poise and horsemanship for a set of spurs and the title of "Colonel's Daughter," inspired by the 1882 novel by Capt. Charles E. King.

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September 29; October 5, 13, 20, 27; and November 2   10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Homolovi IV Pueblo Guided Tour

Homolovi State Park

Learn about the history of the Homolovi IV Pueblo by touring this rarely seen site. Tours are limited to 15 people, so please call to make reservation.

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Saturday, October 5, 2019   9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Fall Fest 2019

Slide Rock State Park

Fall is on its way, and it’s time to celebrate the changing seasons at Slide Rock State Park! Join us for the 12th annual Fall Festival. Colored leaves, red rocks, and cooler temperatures will have the whole family enjoying the transition to autumn!

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October 5-6, 2019

Family Campout

Cattail Cove State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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Saturday, October 5, 2019   5-6 p.m.

Music in the Mountains Concert Series: A Musical Celebration with Wendy Sweet

Catalina State Park

Celebrate the joy of music at Catalina State Park with Wendy and her husband Chuck!  Wendy’s repertoire includes standards, country, pop and old rock and roll.

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October 12-13, 2019

Fort Verde Days

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park celebrates Fort Verde Days with a flag-raising and lowering ceremony, living history presentations with the Buffalo Soldiers and Indian Wars period re-enactors, special presentations, a fashion show, cavalry drills and a vintage baseball game.

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October 12-13, 2019

Family Campout

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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October 19 to December 1, 2019

Water/Ways Exhibit the Santa Cruz River Children’s Art Exhibit

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Arizona Humanities and the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University are pleased to announce an exclusive Arizona tour of Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019   2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Star Party at Kartchner Caverns!

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Want to learn more about the stars and planets? Do you have any little ones curious about the cosmos? Then head to Kartchner Caverns, an International Dark Sky Park, for a star party!

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Saturday, October 19, 2019   3 p.m.

Roadrunners and Cuckoos, with Guided Bird Walk

Oracle State Park

Roadrunners and cuckoos are members of the same odd family of birds. These species play a significant role in human culture for good reasons – they exhibit extraordinary behavior. The class will be followed by a Guided Bird Walk at 4 p.m.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019   7:00 a.m.

Birding and Breakfast

Oracle State Park

Join Kathe Anderson, resident birding expert, on an early morning walk through Oracle State Park in search of the various bird species that call this beautiful place home, followed by a special breakfast on the patio.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019   5-7 p.m.

Halloween Party at Kartchner Caverns!

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Join us at Kartchner Caverns for some Halloween fun! Bring the kids for a night of fun, games, and of course, candy.

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October 26-27, 2019

Family Campout

Roper Lake State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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October 27, 2019   12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Tubac’s 6th Annual Traditional Day of the Dead Celebration

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

The Tubac celebration of Día de los Muertos is an event exuberantly honoring our ancestors and community. Everyone is welcome to create an ofrenda or altar and these will be displayed throughout the community.

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November 2, 2019   10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vintage Baseball Opener

Fort Verde State Historic Park

November 2-3, 2019

Family Campout

Oracle State Park

Arizona Family Campout Programweekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Lowe House, Rio Compartido/Shared River Project: Along the Santa Cruz River - We Live Here!

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Join us for a celebration with a purpose! Experience this fabulous day-long village-wide event that will have exhibits, lectures, performing arts, films, educational workshops and activities in celebration of the Santa Cruz River.

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Saturday, November 9th   10 am - 8 pm

Festival of the Superstitions

Arizona State Parks

Join the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce for this annual event that includes paint in the park (wine and paint), paint with Punz (paint with Rapunzel for kids) and our favorites like the pie eating, car show, food trucks, vendor booths, beer garden, Veterans Tribute and sooooo much more!!

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November 16   3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Alamo Lake State Park's Night Under the Stars 2019

Alamo Lake State Park

Alamo Lake offers some of the best conditions for stargazing. Be prepared to stay up late and use your imagination as we view the night sky through professional telescopes.

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November 16, 2019   11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Flag Disposal Ceremony

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park and American Legion Post #135 will be hosting the annual flag disposal ceremony on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019   2 p.m.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series presents: Jack Lasseter -“The Sonoran Desert, This Place Where We Live”

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Are you interested in learning more about the ecology of Southern Arizona? Come and hear Jack explain why jackrabbits have such long ears, why mountain lions’ forepaws are larger than their hind paws, why the grooves on the south side of the saguaros are deeper than those on the north, and much more about the Sonoran Desert’s flora and fauna.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Kartchner Caverns 20th Anniversary!

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns is celebrating 20 years as a state park, and we'll have fun activities, events, and celebrations all day! Stop by to help us say happy birthday to the Best Cave in the USA!

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Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019

Family Campout

Lost Dutchman State Park

Arizona Family Campout Program weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. We will introduce you to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors!

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December 6, 20189 - January 4, 2020   5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Victorian Christmas at Fort Verde State Historic Park

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Celebrate the holidays with Fort Verde State Historic Park when we decorate the fort with Victorian-style holiday decorations. Discover all of the events celebrated at the Fort and in the town of Camp Verde!

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December 6,7 & 13,14, 2019   5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Candlelight Tours

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Join us as we host candlelight tours through Fort Verde State Park's historic homes along Officer's Row. December 8 is a fee free day sponsored by Camp Verde Parks & Recreation!

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December 14, 2019   2 p.m.

Shaw D. Kinsley Lecture Series presents: Jack Lasseter -“Navajo Code Talkers”

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

This is the famous story of the Navajo Code Talkers in the Pacific during WWII, through the eyes of Chester Nez who, like so many other Navajos, just wanted to serve his country and make his father proud.

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February 8 to March 22, 2020

Water/Ways Exhibit

Lake Havasu State Park

Community Event - Lake Havasu Museum of History

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Ongoing Programs

Daily   9:00 a.m.

Daily Guided Nature Walks at Red Rock

Red Rock State Park

Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life.

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Saturdays and Sundays   11:00 a.m.

Guided Tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Drop in for a guided tour of the Historic Kannally Ranch House. Tours last about 45 minutes and include a ton of interesting information about this historic family and their time in Oracle.

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Ongoing Daily

Self-guided tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House

Oracle State Park

Visit the park office/gift-shop and take a self-guided tour through the multi-level Kannally family home.

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