Oracle State Park is a 4,000 acre wildlife refuge in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains. The park offers day-use picnic areas and over 15 miles of trails for use by hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. In addition, a section of the National Scenic Arizona Trail crosses through the park. Open Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Park entrance fees: $7/vehicle (1-4 adults); individual/bicycle: $3. Day use fees: Range from $2-$30. Check http://azstateparks.com/find/fees.html for full fee schedule.
Oracle State Park was recognized as an international dark sky park. http://tucson.com/news/local/oracle-state-park-gains-international-dark-sky-status/article_5445163e-6aad-11e4-9401-bb5461a84491.html The 4,000-acre park about 40 miles north of Tucson is the first state park in Arizona to receive the designation from the International Dark-Sky Association, a Tucson-based organization that promotes night sky conservation. Worldwide, 37 places, including 20 parks, have been given the dark-sky recognition. Worldwide, 37 places, including 20 parks, have been given the dark-sky recognition.