Biosphere 2


Stargazing takes on two meanings in Oracle – seeing the brilliant nighttime sky emerge and remembering Hollywood stars who once relaxed on a guest ranch here. There’s plenty of hardy outdoor activity to fill the days, too.

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Picture this: Returning from a trail ride to rest in a comfortable chair beneath a sprawling oak tree, a cold drink within arm’s reach, as hummingbirds bob around nearby feeders. Just soaking in peaceful tranquility.

Sound too good to be true? In Oracle the experience can be yours. If you’ve ever dreamed of holing up in a guest ranch where the likes of Mae West, Rita Hayworth, Gary Cooper, and Tom Mix – throw in “Buffalo Bill” Cody for good measure – hung out, Oracle is the real thing.

There’s plenty to do in and around town, too, from the world-famous Biosphere 2 complex to hiking, bicycling, and horse riding trails. Arizona Zipline Adventures will have you soaring over beautiful desert terrain. The Acadia Ranch Museum, which is in the National Register of Historic Places, began as a sanatorium for tuberculosis patients and now houses the Oracle Historical Society’s treasures.

Oracle State Park’s Center for Environmental Education is open weekends. The park itself is a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, and a portion of the Arizona National Scenic Trail crosses through the park.

After a glorious desert sunset, watch the stars light up the sky. Oracle is an official Dark Sky Community and excellent place for stargazing. Each fall, a local ranch hosts GLOW, nighttime illuminated art experience!

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For Visitor information

Oracle Visitor Center | 1470 W American Ave | Oracle, AZ | (520) 896-3300 |

County It all started How High? Head Count
Pinal 1878 4,513ft 3,686

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