Pinal County: Oracle

An adventuresome would-be gold-miner was sailing from Boston around South America to California on a ship named Oracle when the ship sailed up the Gulf of California by mistake. He decided he’d had enough sailing and headed overland, making it as far as Tucson, where he joined other miners filing claims on the north side of the Catalina Mountains. 

When they applied for a post office, they were calling their town American Flag. The Post Office Department said the name was too long for their small town, so they re-named it Oracle. Today Oracle marks the southern end of the Copper Corridor and offers a multitude of attractions and activities for visitors, including many fine restaurants and guest ranches.

Oracle State Park is a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge providing more than 15 miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails for everything from picnics to serious pack-trips and offering many educational programs.

Check out the Arizona Birding Trail and tour the Historic Kannally Ranch House. Arizona Zipline Adventures offers Southern Arizona’s first and longest eco-zip line tour. Peppersauce Canyon, on the back road to Mount Lemmon, offers picnic and campground sites, off-road trails, hiking and cave exploring. 

Biosphere 2 is now a University of Arizona Earth-Science research facility. The enclosed ecological system is the largest closed system ever built. Time-Life Books called it “one of the 50 must-see wonders of the world.” 

The Oracle Historical Society is headquartered in the Acadia Ranch Museum, with mining and ranching exhibits, and has hosted a Smithsonian traveling show. The American Flag Ranch, which includes the oldest existing original territorial post office in Arizona, dates to 1881.

Bucket List

  • Oracle State Park
  • Biosphere II
  • Arizona Zipline Adventures
  • Oracle Historical Society
  • Guest ranches
  • Peppersauce Canyon; cave tours