Arizona State Parks And Trails Presents Its Fall Kickoff Issue

Educating and adventure go hand in hand.


September 1, 2023

Chuck Nugent

Kannally Ranch House

Hopefully you had a chance to enjoy a high-country camping or lake trip this summer to escape the record-breaking heat we experienced across the state! School is back in session and families are getting back into their routines, and most Arizonans are looking forward to cooler temps and fall weather.

Try not to let your adventurous spirit get lost in the fray of your busy life this year. Remember to get outside this fall to remain connected with nature and enjoy the array of physical and mental benefits that come with outdoor exploration. Seize the opportunity over the upcoming long weekend with a Labor Day camping or day trip to your favorite state park.

Featured: Oracle State Park

Are you looking for a peaceful and rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Look no further than Oracle State Park! Comfortably nestled in the foothills of southern Arizona's Santa Catalina Mountains, this park offers the perfect setting for a relaxing and immersive outdoor experience.

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Oracle is a well-known birding hotspot and visitors can expect to experience the colorful sights and soothing songs of native birds throughout the 4,000-acre park. In addition to a stunning array of birds, a variety of native wildlife calls Oracle home, including Coues whitetail deer, javelina, and even bobcats on occasion.

Star Parties

The park offers a number of wildly popular Star Parties throughout the year where participants can view constellations, planets, and other celestial phenomena through powerful telescopes provided by local astronomy clubs. With minimal light pollution and great vantage points, Oracle State Park is the best location in the Tucson area to experience the magnitude and wonder of the night sky.

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An impressive network of shared-use trails, ranging from leisurely strolls to challenging treks meander across the scenic landscape. After getting to know the park trails, turn your attention to the historic Kannally Ranch House, a stunning example of Mediterranean Revival architecture that was built in the 1920s. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the ranch house and learn about the fascinating and charitable history of the Kannally family, who lived and worked on the ranch for over 50 years.

Something For Everyone

Whether you're a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or just looking for a peaceful retreat, Oracle State Park has something to offer everyone. Load up the car, grab some snacks, and lace up your hiking boots, then embark on an unforgettable adventure in one of Arizona's most beautiful and unique natural settings.

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