Oracle Trails

There's a trail for everyone at Oracle State ParkBecause of the great variety of choices, an Oracle State Park trail experience is different for everyone! Hike, bike, or ride your way through this gorgeous slice of southern Arizona high desert country and have the adventure you need whenever you need it! These trails are easily accessible from the Tucson and Phoenix areas so plan a trip and start making Arizona memories today! 

Hiking Trails

Oracle SP has more than 15 miles of hiking trails with a variety of trail types. Discover incredible sights, wildlife, plant life, and diverse nature on any of Oracle's amazing trails. A four-mile section of the Arizona National Scenic Trail passes through the park. Trail Map

Equestrian Trails

Equestrians can access the Arizona Trail and other designated multi-use paths from the American Avenue parking lot in Oracle. Multi-use trails include the Arizona TrailCherry Valley WashWindmill Trail LoopGas line RoadKannally Wash, and Cottonwood Wash. The Firebreak Road Trail connects the Kannally Wash and Cottonwood Wash near the ranch house to divert equestrians away from the park’s inner trail system used for educational programming. Park staff are working on developing limited equestrian facilities at this trailhead parking lot off American Avenue.


Mountain bike trails at Oracle State ParkFrom the Kannally Ranch House, access the Wildlife Corridor Trail via the Nature Trail, and head out to the Arizona Trail. Return on the Mariposa Trail from the American Avenue parking lot. Bicyclists can also use designated multi-use paths including the Cherry Valley WashKannally WashFirebreak Road and Cottonwood Wash.

Available Trails

Bellota Trail Loop
0.8 mile, loop — hikers only — no dogs
Trail is accessed from the Group Use Area parking area. It is used on our environmental education school programs during the week, so you may see a school bus and a reserved sign. The trail goes through parts of the sandy Kannally Wash. You also will hike across open grassy areas with great views.

Windy Ridge Trail Loop
1.0 mile, loop — hikers only — no dogs
This trail is across from the Group Use Area and also can be accessed from the Kannally Ranch House parking area, from the Nature Trail. This is another environmental education/school program trail so watch for kids. Hike along a sandy wash with boulder piles. You will also journey on top of a ridge formed by a geologic formation called a dike.

Nature Trail Loop
1.2 mile, loop — hikers, leashed dogs, and mountain bikes
Trail accessed at far end of Kannally Ranch House parking area. Great springtime flower spotting trail with views of the Galiuro Mountains and San Pedro River Valley. From the adobe Nature Blind look onto the wildlife waterhole in the nearby Cottonwood Wash. Link trails connect to the AZ Trail.

Granite Overlook Loop
1.6 mile, loop — hikers and leashed dogs
Trail is accessed from the Oak Woodland parking area. We suggest hiking the loop counterclockwise as this will hike you uphill on a steep section toward the highest elevation in the park (4622’). Trail goes through oaks and granite boulder pile formations. At the top are nice stands of banana yucca; you will also have a great view of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Arizona Trail Loop
6 mile, loop — hikers, leashed dogs, and mountain bikes
Make a loop from Kannally Ranch House to National Scenic Arizona Trail and back. Begin on Nature Trail loop, veer off on Manzanita Trail or Wildlife Corridor Trail (both one-way link trails to Arizona Trail).

Mariposa Trail
1.2 miles, one way — hikers, leashed dogs, and mountain bikes
Connects park road to American Avenue Parking Lot. Named for Mariposa lilies that bloom in spring. Use Trail Link (0.15 mile, one-way, hikers only — no dogs) to connect to Bellota Trail Loop.

Windmill Loop Trail
4.1 mile, loop — hikers, leashed dogs, mountain bikes, and horses
Beginning at the Windmill in Kannally Wash, connect 1.1 miles of Arizona Trail along the Powerline Trail with two miles of exposed ridge line, and one mile of Kannally Wash northeast of Windmill. Find old homestead site beyond lower ridge trail before switch backing to wash.

Gasline Road
2.5 miles, one way — hikers, leashed dogs, mountain bikes, and horses
Two-track trail parallels Natural Gasline through park. Create a loop by hiking a major wash (Cherry Valley, Kannally, or Cottonwood Wash).

Powerline Trail
3.5 miles through park, one way — hikers, leashed dogs, mountain bikes, and horses
From American Avenue Parking Lot, follow NE ridge that parallels wash, cross Cherry Valley Wash and follow old washed out two-track trail east (horse-friendly detour to AZ Trail) to Windmill Landmark. Cross Kannally Wash and continue east over high ridge (great views) to Cottonwood Wash. Create a loop by hiking a major wash (Kannally or Cottonwood Wash).

In addition to the variety of amazing trails found at Oracle State Park, your Arizona State Park system offers many more! Almost every trail at Oracle State Park is dog friendly, so bring your furry friend along! Remember...Adventure could be just a short drive away. 

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