Oracle State Park Opens Seven Days Per Week; Marks a New Era for Arizona State Parks and Trails
PHOENIX - Starting March 1, 2017, Oracle State Park will be open seven days per week. It is the last park to fully reopen to the public after restricted operations were put in place at several parks beginning in 2009. The move to open Oracle State Park seven days per week signifies a rebounding park system with a path to a bright future.
"Arizona parks are points of state and community pride and bring economic benefits to communities across the state," said Governor Ducey. Forward thinking and innovative management have resulted in a prosperous and healthy park system. We welcome everyone to experience the adventure our stunning parks offer."
Arizona State Parks and Trails experienced record revenue and attendance in 2016, and continue to operate without general fund appropriations.
"We are thrilled that Oracle State Park is going to be open everyday," said Sue Black, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks and Trails. "The community of Oracle is growing and this park is a significant piece of this economic development."
Oracle State Park is located northeast of Tucson in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains and offers monthly environmental programs including hikes and lectures. The park is a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge with over 15 miles of trails, including a segment of the Arizona Trail. The International Dark Sky Association designated Oracle State Park as an International Dark Sky Park in 2014.
For more information, visit AZStateParks.com/Oracle or call the park at (520) 896-2425.
WHAT: Oracle State Park - open seven days per week
WHERE: Oracle State Park - Located in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains, northeast of Tucson.
WHEN: Starting March 1, 2017 - daily hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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For information about all 35 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit AZStateParks.com.