Oracle State Park RV & Campground Guide

Arizona

About a half-hour’s drive from Tucson in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains is Oracle State Park. This 4,000-acre wildlife refuge and day-use state park is the namesake of the adjacent small town of Oracle. Local lore maintains that back in the 19th century, the town’s founders named the original settlement after The Oracle, the ship on which they traveled from Maine to the West Coast of the U.S., which is ironic given that both the town and the state park are located in a landlocked state with no seaports. The park’s elevation at 3,700 feet means it’s largely spared the triple-digit temperatures that the inhabitants of nearby Tucson must endure. The temperatures during the summer months are generally in the high 80s or low 90s, and the area can get cold and even experience snowfall during the winter. Spring and fall, therefore, have the most pleasant weather for a visit with temperatures in the 70s and low 80s.

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Weather
Spring 54-100 F
Summer 72-100 F
Fall 71-100 F
Winter 42-75 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Oracle State Park

Nothing compares to the convenience of RV camping, and this is particularly true in the sunny state of Arizona where tent camping spots may not always be under a shade tree. On RVshare, you’ll find recreational vehicles for rent that will accommodate every budget and size of travel group from couples to large families.

Wishing Well RV Park

Located about 18 miles from Oracle State Park, Wishing Well RV Park features sites with 30- and 50-amp hookups that are large enough for 45-foot-long campers and RVs. The park is located just off Highway 77 in the vicinity of restaurants and small stores, and the daily rates start at $30. 

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Water hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Showers, community center with laundry facilities, library of videos, book exchange

Hay Creek Ranch

Located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Hay Creek Ranch is about 7 miles from the state park and offers roomy pull-through sites from which you can enjoy the beautiful desert sunsets. This is also a horse camp, so you’ll find covered corrals, horse stalls, an arena and a tack room.

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Water hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: No

• Pet-friendly: Yes 

• Other amenities: Laundry, bathrooms, community room with kitchen

The Prince of Tucson RV Park

About 37 miles from Oracle State Park is The Prince of Tucson RV Park, a 176-site facility loaded with amenities such as a heated pool, shuffleboard courts, a lounge with satellite television and a convenience store. Pet-friendly walking paths and bike paths are also nearby, and downtown Tucson is only 11 minutes away. 

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Water hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes (main buildings)

• Pet-friendly: Yes (breed restrictions apply)

• Other amenities: Laundry facilities, showers, Jacuzzi, pool table, dump station, propane service

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What to Do at
Oracle State Park

Inside Oracle State Park

The top draw for this state park is the 15 miles of hiking trails that you can explore on foot, mountain bike or horseback. The trails range in length from three-quarters of a mile to 3.5 miles, and you should be on the lookout for park wildlife, such as bobcats, deer, rabbits, foxes, mountain lions and even skunks. You can take a self-guided tour of the Kannally Ranch House, which dates back to 1929 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home and the state park’s lands formerly belonged to the Kannally family before being donated to the Arizona State Parks Board. Oracle State Park is a designated International Dark Sky Park, a distinction bestowed upon public lands that are far enough away from sources of light pollution that the Milky Way and other night-sky phenomena can be observed with the naked eye.

Outside Oracle State Park

Since Oracle State Park is one of the least visited of the Arizona state parks, when you come here, you’ll be able to get away from it all and enjoy some contemplative solitude. Eventually, however, you’ll get the urge to rejoin the human race. You can do that by visiting the following places.

Restaurants

Nonna Maria’s

A family-operated restaurant, Nonna Maria’s serves Italian food prepared with a Sicilian flair. The paintings decorating the restaurant are originals painted by the owner.

Type: Italian

Location: Oracle, AZ

Oracle Inn Steakhouse

You’ll find filling comfort food, such as burgers, wings, and of course, steaks at the Oracle Inn Steakhouse, all served in a rustic dining room decorated with Western movie memorabilia. If you visit during the weekend, you can enjoy live music and dancing.

Type: American

Location: Oracle, AZ

Oracle Patio Cafe

A favorite spot among the locals, the Oracle Patio Cafe serves breakfast fare plus paninis, quiche and vegan specials. Be sure to save room for pie!

Type: Café

Location: Oracle, AZ

Shopping

Sue & Jerry’s Trading Post

To say that this consignment and antique shop specializes in novelty items is an understatement. When you visit Sue & Jerry’s Trading Post, you’ll be sure to go home with one-of-a-kind collectibles and gifts. It specializes in Western-themed objects.

Location: Oracle, AZ

Tucson Mall

When you travel through Arizona, you’ll eventually want to go inside where the air conditioning is, so plan a visit to the Tucson Mall. Located 30 miles from Oracle State Park, this large shopping complex has 150 retail stores as well as both sit-down and fast-casual restaurants.

Location: Tucson, AZ

Sightseeing

Acadia Ranch Museum

Operated by the Oracle Historical Society, the Acadia Ranch Museum houses a collection of artifacts related to the history of the town of Oracle. You can learn about the period during which the ranch was a tuberculosis sanitarium as well as how Buffalo Bill Cody tried his hand at mining in Oracle.

Location: Oracle, AZ

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 lets you explore a variety of ecosystems, such as those that are typical of deserts, oceans and forests. This fascinating research center has been around since the late 1980s and twice housed a group of scientists participating in closed-system experiments. Guided tours of the enclosed glass facility are available.

Location: Oracle, AZ

Arizona Zipline Adventures

Get your adrenaline pumping by arranging a zip line adventure or a cave tour with Arizona Zipline Adventures. You can zip line across the Sonoran Desert by day or night or at sunset. For a truly unique experience, take a tour of the unpaved natural limestone caverns found deep in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Location: Oracle, AZ

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How to Get to
Oracle State Park

Oracle State Park is located just off Highway 77 in Southeastern Arizona. To get to the park from Tucson, take Interstate 10 and exit at Miracle Mile, and then turn right. At the first intersection, turn left onto N. Flowing Wells Road. Continue on N. Flowing Wells Road until you get to W. River Road, and then turn right. Keep going on W. River Road until you reach Highway 77, and then turn left. Travel on Highway 77 until you reach the town of Oracle. At W. American Avenue, turn right. Follow W. American Avenue to Wildlife Drive, and turn left. Continue on Wildlife Drive until you reach the park entrance.

If you’re coming from Phoenix, take Interstate 10, and then use Exit 185 to reach Highway 387. At the juncture with Highway 87, turn right. Then follow Highway 87 until it meets Highway 79, and turn right. Follow Highway 79 until it intersects with Highway 77, and then turn left. Travel on Highway 77 until you reach the town of Oracle. At W. American Avenue, turn right. Follow W. American Avenue to Wildlife Drive, and turn left. Continue on Wildlife Drive until you reach the park entrance.

Entering Oracle State Park

Open Daily 8-5pm

Per Vehicle : $7

1-4 adults

Per Bicycle : $3

per person

You’ll definitely have a great time visiting this off-the-beaten-path state park. If you’d like to see your photos and the details of your Oracle State Park adventure on RVshare’s social media channels and blog, be sure to send them to [email protected] Be sure to tag RVshare on your social media posts.