Did you know Arizona has some of the darkest skies in the country? That’s right, and while organizations like the International Dark Sky Association has designated select areas around the state as dark sky places and communities, all the proof you need is to look up after the sun sets. Travel about an hour or less outside of our major cities and you’ll see the sky twinkling and perhaps even the Milky Way on an especially clear, dark night.

One of these places to visit is actually just an hour’s drive from Arizona’s second-largest city, Tucson.

Oracle State Park is located just outside Oracle in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. You can find its location on this Google Maps link and details on the Arizona State Parks website.

Want to enjoy the night sky in other areas of the state? We have four cities and several other parks with International Dark Sky designations! Read more in These 4 Arizona Cities Have Some Of The Darkest Skies In The Country.

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