Oracle State Park
The Kannally Ranch House
Oracle State Park is a nearly 4,000-acre environmental education park and wildlife refuge with about 15 miles of hiking trails through the oak grassland, mesquite scrub and riparian woodland habitats. By reservation, the park offers educational programming and guided tours to schools and other similar organized groups. At this time, the park is for day use only.
For 75 years, this property was owned and operated by the Kannally's, one of Arizona's pioneer ranching families. In 1976, members of the family gave the property to the Defenders of Wildlife, a wildlife conservation organization. The Defenders of Wildlife then transferred title to the property to Arizona State Parks in 1986 with the stipulation that the property continue to be managed as a preserve: to "protect the designated wildlife refuge and act as an environmental learning center."
Oracle State Park Headquarters is located in the Kannally Ranch House, a historic, 4-level adobe house museum filled with vintage photos and original art.
Oracle State Park is open most Saturdays during the year, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Because the state park has only recently reopened and is on a very limited schedule, you should probably call before planning your visit. Oracle State Park is about 45 minutes north of Tucson near the town of Oracle in the northern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Photo courtesy of Arizona State Parks