Oracle State Park is a beautiful 4,000 acre wonder in Arizona, where it's not just beautiful nature that you can spend your next family day out in, but there's wildlife, history and adventure too!
Located in the northeastern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains near the town of Oracle, the park itself ranges from 3,500 to 4,500 feet in elevation, and features an amazing collection of oak grassland, riparian woodland, and mesquite scrub habitats that are home to some pretty amazing wildlife too!
Kids - keep your eyes peeled, what can you spot?
If you want to enjoy some history whilst at Oracle State Park, head to the Historic Kannally Ranch House. Here, you can take a self-guided tour through the multi level Kanally family home that was built back in the 1920s.
Should you want to learn even more about the home, wait for one of the guided tours! Here, ALL your questions can be answered! These tours last for 45 minutes and start from 11am on weekends. There is so much to learn, and you can really gain a sense of what it would have been like to live in the home all those years ago!
For those families who LOVE adventure, grab those hiking boots and head out on one of the many trails. It's a great way to see even more of the park!
Oracle State Park is also an official "Dark Sky" park, meaning you get some of the most incredible views in the WORLD of the stars. Just head to the American Avenue Parking Area which remains open at night to enjoy the magic above you!
Amazing nature, history, learning and adventure
$7 per vehicle (1-4 adults), or $3 individual/bike
Same as adult
The purpose of the park is to act as a wildlife refuge and environmental learning center. Educational programs are being developed to focus on basic ecologic principles, and to enhance public awareness of the importance of safeguarding natural resouces. Although the land has been a park for just a short while, the area has been visited and used by man since prehistoric times.
You can pick up snacks and drinks in the visitor center
The American Avenue trailhead parking lot is open seven days a week to access the Arizona Trail and to accommodate after-hours use by stargazers.
Make sure you take plenty of water!
Speak to the rangers about the accessibility of the trails
For kids between 6 and 12 years of age, they can even become a Junior Ranger of the park! All they need to do is grab or download the activity booklet, fill it out during their adventure within the park, and then once it's reviewed by a Park Ranger, you are an official Junior Ranger - how amazing is that!