Picturesque Oracle, gateway community to the Arizona Trail and the historic Copper Corridor, rises above 4,500 feet in elevation. This transitional altitude allows a year round average temperature of ten degrees cooler than the surrounding Tucson and Phoenix areas.
Unique attractions include the nearby Biosphere 2, now a University of Arizona research facility. Hiking the Arizona Trail is also popular in this small community of approximately 4,000. Other historic sites are the Acadia Ranch Museum, the Oracle Union Church and it’s venerable cemetery.
Aged ranches, churches and homesteads, constructed of adobe and wood are nestled among the oak trees and granite outcroppings. They remain today listed on the National Register, many operating as guest ranches or bed & breakfast inns.
Nature / Recreation
Oracle is situated in the foothills on the north side of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It rises from 4 to 5.5 thousand feet in elevation and contacts three major vegetative life zones; desert grasslands, oak woodland and conifer forest. In addition to providing pleasant weather year round for man, it is also home for the many plants and animals found in these habitat types.
Upon examination of a map of our area, one is struck with the fact that Oracle’s private lands are afloat in a sea of public lands on all sides. The community extends into the Coronado National Forest on the south, joins the Oracle State Park on the east and is bounded on the north and west by state trust lands. This fortuitous feature has created a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities in the Oracle area.
What magic makes Oracle a haven for artists? Is it the scenery, the climate, or it’s diverse community? Maybe it is all three.
In the 1968, a group of artists from the University of Arizona purchased Rancho Linda Vista, a historic guest ranch, and turned it into an artists’ community. In 1981, RLV organized an informal visiting artists program, attracting fellow artists from around the country.
Today Oracle is home to many artists. Art is found in almost every medium.