Guided Tour of the historic Kannally Ranch House -
10am and again at 2pm, every Saturday and Sunday
Learn more about one of the earliest cattle ranching families to Oracle, and the architectural treasure they left behind, on a 45-minute Docent or Ranger-led tour of the Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-Revival Style ranch house built in 1929, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. No reservation is needed. Free with park admission.
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, many that haven’t been on public display for decades, are included in the exhibit, with 24 on loan from the Oracle Historical Society and the remainder owned by Friends of Oracle State Park.
Wildlife Slide Show
See what’s showing up at waterhole cameras in the park
2015 Event Calendar
Saturday, February 21: Art Talk- “Maynard Dixon: An Artist’s Love for the Southwest” with U of A Museum of Art Docent, Jacquelyn Feller.
11am. Kannally Ranch House Living Room. Dixon traveled across the Southwest and fell in love with the “Old Pueblo”. He built a home in Tucson, with an unobstructed view of his beloved Catalina Mountains. Included in the talk will be a discussion of two other artists-- Lee Kannally and Ted DeGrazia. Lee Kannally was a self-taught artist, who turned to painting as a form of therapy, following mustard gas poisoning in WW1. Ted DeGrazia, the most reproduced artist of the three, studied at the University of Arizona, where his graduate thesis focused on the relationship between music and abstract painting. Space is limited; reservation required. Free with park entrance fee.
Saturday, February 28: Guided Arizona Trail Loop Hike
8:30am. Meet at the Kannally Ranch House parking lot. Hike the Wildlife Corridor Trail to the Arizona Trail, and return via the Manzanita Trail. Reservation required the day prior, Friday, February 27, by 4pm,
by calling Guide, Gaston Meloche, directly at (520) 638-5404. Free with park entrance fee or
display an AZ State Parks Annual Pass. A minimum of four hikers is required for a hike to take place.
Saturday, March 7: Adventures with the Moon
7:30pm. Evening Interpretive Program. 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 near-full moon. Free with park entrance fee. Please call for a reservation.
Sunday, March 8: 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 - including reintroduction efforts and updates on a proposed wildlife corridor to cross Highway 77 near Catalina. 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. Also – April 5
Saturday, March 14: Presentation: Gathering and Preparation Techniques of Traditional Apache Foods.
Noon. Kannally Ranch House living room, with Herb Stevens, San Carlos Apache and Cultural Center Director. Join us as we celebrate March as Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Awareness Month! The talk will highlight the use of acorn powder and acorn soup, and using sumac berries to make "Apache Kool-aid". Oracle State Park, located in the high desert oak-grassland foothills at 4500 feet elevation, has a variety of useful plant resources that continue to be collected and used traditionally by native people of the region for medicine and food. Examples are the edible acorns from the Emory Oak and Arizona White Oak; also the lemonade sumac bush, mesquite pods and annual wildflowers. This is a family-friendly event that is free with the park entrance fee of $7 per vehicle. Space is limited; please call for a reservation.
Saturday, March 21: Going for the Gold Dark Sky Celebration.
Oracle State Park has recently been designated the 20th in the world “International Dark Sky Park”. More details to come on this all day-into-evening celebratory special event!
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Sunday, March 22: Guided Plant Walk at 11am
Saturday, March 28: Reptile Talk with Herpetologist, Ed Mol
Sunday, April 5: Bighorn Basics, 12:30pm. Join Arizona State Parks volunteer, Richard Boyer, as he presents "Bighorn Basics"
Saturday, April 11: Nature Drawing Workshop
Saturday, April 18: Presentation at 3pm: Ancient Native American Astronomical Observations
Sunday, April 19: Guided Plant Walk at 11am, led by Oracle State Park volunteer
Saturday, April 25: Plant Workshop with Sonoran Desert Herbalist, John Slattery
Milky Way Rising Over Oracle SP
Mike Weasner of the Oracle Dark Skies Committee with another amazing time-lapse video of the Milky Way rising over Oracle SP. There is no audio track to this piece. The Oracle Dark Skies Committee (ODSC) has succeeded in getting Oracle State Park a designation as an International Dark Sky Park. Learn more
March - June: Music in the Park
Spring music concert series presents live music on the scenic patio at the park. Presented by the Friends of Oracle State Park, this yearly tradition is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of the park.
Spring: Basket Making Workshop
Unique oppotunity to create your own basket.
August: Bug Fest
Bug Fest is a great children's activity event that happens each year in August.
Fiesta de las Calabazas
Kids enjoy many activities at this event, including pumpkin decorating.
This fall celebration brings art, music, pumpkins, food and fun to Oracle State Park. The Fiesta de las Calabazas promotes eco-tourism and heritage-tourism, fosters awareness of the natural environment, and showcases the cultural and artistic diversity present in the communities of Oracle, San Manuel, and Mammoth as well as neighboring towns in southern Arizona.
At the event, vendors present locally hand-made arts and crafts, non-profit groups hand out information, and visitors enjoy the scenic vistas of the surrounding wildlife preserve. A Fiesta Raffle benefits the Friends of Oracle State Park, while the popular Kids Area provides hands-on educational activities.
Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop
Hone your botanical knowledge and make a decorative wreath using natural plant material gathered at the park. Listen to Interview about this event.
- 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