In this Star file photo, a hiker walks past a trail sign pointing the way to Kannally Ranch House at Oracle State Park.

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Oracle State Park — closed by budget cuts in 2009 and later reopened only on weekends — will once more be open seven days a week beginning on Wednesday, March 1.

The park, near the town of Oracle north of Tucson, is known for its oak grassland landscapes, hiking trails and the historic Kannally Ranch House.

Its reopening is made possible by the fact that state parks have been doing well with attendance and revenue in recent years, said Sue Black, executive director of Arizona State Parks and Trails.

Another change, Black said, involves management of the park, which has been overseen in recent years by the manager of Catalina State Park.

“Oracle State Park deserves the attention of a full-time park manager,” she said. “We’re in the process of hiring that person.”


“The park is amazing because it has a little bit of everything,” said Glenn Schlottman, chief of marketing for Arizona State Parks. “The Kannally Ranch House is on the National Register of Historic Places. You have over 15 miles of trails and the Arizona Trail going directly through the park.

“It’s also a wildlife sanctuary with good birding, and it’s an International Dark Sky Park,” Schlottman said. “Star viewing is something people enjoy doing there.”

Camping isn’t currently available at the park, but Schlottman said parks officials are discussing the possibility of offering basic so-called primitive camping in the future.

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