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.
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: Read the update on the great work our volunteers are doing at Oracle State Park HERE. ( 2.5 MB PDF)
Park Event Calendar
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Saturday, January 23: Basics of Using a Stand-Alone GPS – Workshop
8:30am-11:30am. Workshop objective is to introduce you to the applications of a stand-alone GPS device and how it can be used as a hiking tool and a geocaching one. Registration is required, at the latest on Thursday, January 21, before 4pm, with Gaston Meloche, preferably at: VHC.Gaston@gmail.com OR by phone at (520) 638-5404. When registering, please indicate if (a) you have a GPS device (OR you will be with someone who has one, (b) the manufacturer’s name, (c) model and (d) year. The class is limited to 12 participants. Ideally, each should have a GPS device to bring. As an introductory class, focus is on fundamentals of the GPS, with group practice time. Participants may not all be equals in knowledge of their devices, so patience and understanding are two requisites of this class. The workshop will be conducted outside. Free with park admission.
“Adventures with the Moon” Evening Interpretive Program
7:30pm. The moon, Earth’s only natural satellite, with its mystery and intrigue continues to provide interest to Earth’s humans. Join Oracle State Park volunteer, Dick Boyer, as he takes you to the moon and back through interactive family friendly activities and displays. At the end of the program, sit around the upper patio fire pit and enjoy smores under the winter sky. Free with park entrance fee. Please call for a reservation. Arrive early for telescope viewing, courtesy of the Oracle Dark Skies Committee, on the upper patio from sunset until the program begins at 7:30pm.
Sunday, January 31: Bighorn Basics
12:30pm. 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 has presented this Bighorn Basics program at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado where he recently retired as a seasonal National Park Service Ranger. Free with park admission. Reservation preferred.
Saturday, February 6: Ranger Led Guided Hike
1pm for This 90-minute hike will explore paths less traveled in Oracle State Park on a nature walk led by Park Ranger, Gary Faulkenberry. Please call for a reservation. Free with park entrance fee.
Sunday, February 14: Bear Necessities
11:30am with interpretive docent, Richard Boyer. Meet in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. 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 inter-active 30 to 40 minute program. You might even win a prize for your knowledge about the black bear! Free with park admission; reservation suggested.
Wednesday, February 17: Volunteer Training
9am-Noon. Trail guides are needed to lead environmental education programs for visiting school groups. Learn the Oracle Adventure Program for grades 1-3 and the Oracle Odyssey Program for grades 4-6. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to share nature with kids and ability to walk one-mile of trail. Training continues 9am-Noon February 17, 24, March 2 and 9. Classes will cover the two programs, interpretive techniques and learning styles, introduction to plants, wildlife and geology of the park, and safety protocol on the trail. For more information and to sign up for the classes, call the park office at (520) 896-2425 or email Jennifer Rinio at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, February 20: Music in the Park
2pm-4pm. Enjoy live music at the Kannally Ranch House, featuring a local band playing an Americana mix. More details TBA.
Sunday, February 21: Guided Mountain Bike Ride
1pm. Approximate 6 mile loop on terrain including washes and Arizona Trail. All levels welcome. Please call for a reservation. Free with park entrance fee.
Sunday, February 28: “Meet the Neighbors”
12pm in the living room of the Kannally Ranch House. Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum Program about desert wildlife. Space is limited; reservation required. Free with park admission, thanks to funding byFriends of Oracle State Park.
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.
Beginning January 2016:
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