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Oracle State Park
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Oracle State Park
Description - Oracle State Park is not currently open on a walk-in basis. When the park opens for day-use visitors they will have access to the beautiful 4,000 acre wilderness. Oracle sits in the northeastern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, with elevations ranging from 3,500 to 4,500 feet. The park consists of oak grassland, riparian woodland, and mesquite scrub habitats which contain a diversity of wildlife and plant species.

A seven mile section of the "Arizona Trail" which will eventually run from Mexico to Utah, passes through the park. This section of the trail is open to the public for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Trailheads are located off American Avenue, 1/4 mile south of Hwy. 77, and at American Flag Corral on the old Mt. Lemmon Road. Trail information can be obtained by contacting the park.

Recreation - The primary function of the Oracle State Park is to serve as an environmental education center and a wildlife refuge. The park is NOT CURRENTLY OPEN ON A WALK-IN BASIS. The two environmental programs offered by the center are available to groups by reservation only. Programs are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings during the school year. Contact the park to obtain brochures or to schedule a program.

Once the park is open to walk-in visitors, they will be able to enjoy picnicking, birding, hiking and nature study facilities.

Recreational opportunities offered at Oracle include environmental education programs, hiking, nature studies, birding, and picnicking.

Climate - Oracle State Park has a relatively high elevation, ranging from 3,500 to 4,500 feet. However, during the summer months visitors can still expect very hot temperatures with afternoon thunderstorms possible especially in July and August. Daytime high temperatures can exceed 100 degrees. Winter brings moderate temperatures, with warm days and cool to cold nights. Winter is a good time to experience these normally snow free areas. Fall and spring are transitional periods and can also be nice times to visit these desert regions. Be prepared for cool temperatures at higher elevations and dress in layers for your travels in this state of varying climates.

Location - Oracle State Park is located in the southern Arizona, north of Tucson. The parks sits in the northeastern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains near the town of Oracle, off U.S. Highway 77.


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Filed By: JD (Tucson, AZ)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The park opened to the public October 2001 - day use only (8am-5pm).


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Contact Information:
Oracle State Park, P.O. Box 700 , Oracle, AZ, 85623, Phone: 520-896-2425

Additional Information:
Arizona State Parks - Arizona's State Parks feature lakes, reservoirs, caves, mountains, unique geologic formations and significant historic sites. From pine forests to spectacular deserts, the State Parks offer something for just about everyone.
Southern Arizona - Southern Arizona is a region of desert lowlands, high desert and rugged, forest-topped mountains. The city of Tucson lies at the heart of this region

Links:
Arizona State Parks - Official Agency Website
Oracle State Park - Official Arizona State Parks website

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