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Oracle State Park is a 4,000 acre environmental education park with approximately 15 miles of hiking trails. It also boasts the Historic Kannally Ranch House which is open for tours. There is also a picnic area; child nature eduction programs; and an access to the Arizona Trail. The park is open from 7 AM to 5 PM, every day except Christmas. House tours available on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 AM and 2 PM.
Biosphere 2 is a 3.14 acre Biosphere facility with 7,200,000 cubic feet of sealed glass consisting of 6,500 windows. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe, and to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about Earth and its future; be an adaptive tool for Earth education and outreach to industry, government, and the public; and to distill issues related to Earth systems planning and management for use by policymakers, students and the public. Hours are 9 AM to 4 PM except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission is $20 for adults and children 13 and over; $13 for children 6 to 12; and free for children 5 and under. Military can get in for $18.
In the mid-nineteenth century, Oracle was a small Indian village known as Summit Springs. In 1870 two prospectors, Alex McKay and Jimmy Lee came to the area. It was Jimmy Lee who gave Oracle its name, after a ship owned by his uncle which had navigated around the Horn.
The Catholic community in Oracle dates back to at least the 1890s. Mass was administered every month or two, on Saturdays, in the ballroom of the old Mountain View Hotel (presently the site of the Oracle Baptist Church) by Father Basilio Delgado, a Carmelite Priest from Assumption Church in Florence. He was succeeded as Pastor in Florence by Father Jose Domingo Jaquez, who visited Oracle every two weeks to minister to the spiritual needs of its Catholic residents.
St. Helen’s Catholic Church, with its beautiful Spanish design and unique stained glass windows, has been a landmark in Oracle since 1927. It was built through the generosity of Charles and Helen Gilliland, who also donated the Sacred Vessels, Vestments and Church furnishings.
The mission is open to the public.
They have a wildlife blind along the Nature Trail so you can watch the wildlife without scaring them away. more travel advice
There are a few birdhouses scattered through the park to give them a place to live. more travel advice
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