Oracle State Park is a wildlife refuge in the northern foothills of the Catalina Mountains, about an hour from Tucson. It was designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2014 due to its low light pollution. The park has day-use picnic areas and is popular among hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians for its 4,000 acres (1600 hectares) of diverse forest and desert terrain, and its more than 15 miles (24 km) of trails. This includes a section of the Arizona Trail, which crosses through the park. After hours, you can access the American Avenue Parking Area for stargazing.
Chelynne Campion is a Production/ Sales Assistant for EarthSky. Her family just purchased a telescope, and she's now learning to be a stargazer!