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Oracle State Park (U.S.)

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Star trails over the Kannally Ranch House at Oracle State Park, Arizona. Photo by Mike Weasner.

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Designated

2014

Category

Dark Sky Park

Address

Oracle, Arizona
USA

Contact

Ms. Jennifer Rinio
Website

Land Area

16 km2

Documents

Application
Press Release
Lighting Plan
2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report

About

Oracle State Park consists of 1,619 hectares of state-owned land just east of the unincorporated town of Oracle in southeastern Arizona, a community of about 4,000 people. The park was established in 2001 after a lengthy effort to transform the former Kennally Family ranch first into a wildlife preserve and then a publicly accessible state park.

The park is one of the least-visited properties in the Arizona State Parks system on account of its relatively remote location, off the beaten path and away from both the major cities of Arizona and other, better known tourist regions. Despite its proximity to Tucson – only about 20 miles in a straight line – skyglow from the city is effectively blocked by the Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is readily accessible to the nearly 1 million people who live in the Tucson metropolitan area and provides a convenient, affordable and authentic dark sky experience.

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