Posted: Feb 17, 2012 5:10 AM
Updated: Feb 17, 2012 6:47 AM
ORACLE - Home to 15 miles worth of trails, Oracle State Park is a hiking haven.
Park ranger Jennifer Rinio said, "Nothing's flat, everything is rolling ridges to washes. It's really the distance that makes for difficult hikes".
All the trails within Oracle State Park are interconnecting, with some be short loops and others being 4 miles in length.
The park sits at the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Rinio said, "This is a transition zone, it's the oak woodlands meeting the desert grasslands".
Mixing in with those desert grasslands are junipers, mesquites and cacti.
Despite recent snowfall in Oracle, park officials are anticipating a big spring bloom. "It looks like it's going to be a good wildflower season. We've had a lot of moisture. We've already got some wildflowers growing", said Rinio.
Also found here: abundant wildlife, ranging from whitetail deer to javelinas.
While the park has a lot to offer, it's only open a limited time this year. Rinio said, "We're open February, March, April of 2012 and we're open again September, October, November of 2012. After that is a mystery."
Oracle State Park is open on Saturdays only, from 8 AM - 5 PM. Click here for more information on the park and a trail map.
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