|Santa Catalina Mountains - Mount Lemmon|
The only paved road that leads to the upper reaches of Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Range is one of the most scenic highways in the southwest. This 28-mile (one-way) route provides access to a fascinating land of breathtaking vistas, outlandish rockscapes, cool mountain forests, and deep can...
Oracle State Park
|Description: This state park, at an elevational range of 3,500 – 4,500 feet, lies in the northern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains among an oak grassland and upland mesquite desert scrub landscape. Tours of the historic Kannally Ranch House (National Register of Historic Places), nature education programs for school groups and the general public, and access to a 7-mile section of the Arizona Trail are major attractions at Oracle State Park, also known as the Oracle Center for Environmental Education.|
Wildlife to Watch: Birds of prey include red-tailed, Cooper’s, and sharp-shinned hawks, elf and great horned owls. In the winter, you can see several species of sparrows, including black-chinned, black-throated, Brewer’s, chipping, and white-crowned sparrows. Other birds include green-tailed and canyon towhees, loggerhead shrike, bushtit, Mexican and western scrub-jays, and curve-billed and crissal thrashers. Mammals include white-tailed and mule deer, javelina, mountain lion, bobcat, coyote, and gray fox. You can also see a variety of lizards and snakes, including gophersnake, Gila monster, tiger whiptail, and collared and common side-blotched lizards.
Ownership: Arizona State Parks
Size: 3948 acres
Closest Town: Oracle
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