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  • The huge Biosphere Laboratory, Oracle, Arizona
    The huge Biosphere Laboratory, Oracle,...
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  • The huge Biosphere Laboratory, Oracle, Arizona
    The huge Biosphere Laboratory, Oracle,...
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  • The huge Biosphere Laboratory, Oracle, Arizona
    The huge Biosphere Laboratory, Oracle,...
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Oracle Things to Do

  • Biosphere 2

    When being around Tucson you should definitely come here to the Biosphere 2. It is a very interesting facility filled with technics to simulate ecosystems. In the past the whole facility was sealed totally (gas tight) and a group of people lived inside for two years to study their effects on 'their ecosystem.You can join a guided tour there and...

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  • Oracle State Park: Wildlife Blind

    They have a wildlife blind along the Nature Trail so you can watch the wildlife without scaring them away.

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  • Oracle State Park: Kannally Ranch

    In 1902 Neil Kannally built a ranch on this land. The ranch has been restored and is open for tours.

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  • Oracle State Park: Cacti

    Since Oracle State Park is in the desert it has the usual assortment of plantlife to include a number of species of cacti.

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  • Oracle State Park: Visitor's Center

    Of course one of the first places you should go would be the Visitor's Center to get all the information you need to have a great visit.

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  • Oracle State Park: General

    Oracle State Park is a 4,000 acre environmental education park with approximately 15 miles of hiking trails. It also boasts the Historic Kannally Ranch House which is open for tours. There is also a picnic area; child nature eduction programs; and an access to the Arizona Trail. The park is open from 7 AM to 5 PM, every day except Christmas. House...

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  • See Biosphere 2

    Biosphere 2 is a 3.14 acre Biosphere facility with 7,200,000 cubic feet of sealed glass consisting of 6,500 windows. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe, and to catalyze interdisciplinary thinking and understanding about Earth and...

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  • St Helen's Mission

    In the mid-nineteenth century, Oracle was a small Indian village known as Summit Springs. In 1870 two prospectors, Alex McKay and Jimmy Lee came to the area. It was Jimmy Lee who gave Oracle its name, after a ship owned by his uncle which had navigated around the Horn. The Catholic community in Oracle dates back to at least the 1890s. Mass was...

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  • Check out the Mission

    A vivsit to the little St Helen's mission is worth it...a beautiful little serene church...very peaceful

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Oracle Restaurants

  • Nice place to relax

    Being retired and living in Sadlebrook we like to try different restaurants and compare.Nonna Maria`s in Oracle Az. is just the ticket if you want great Italiann food and a glass of wine. Huge menu to choose from and a nice assortment of sandwiches also. We had pizza and a salad that was all most to much to eat for 2 people and the price was under...

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  • Food and drinks

    There is a new place opening around July 2008 called the Oracle Inn. It will have steak, seafood, and other food along with a full-service bar. There is not much nightlife available in Oracle at this time, so it will be a welcome addition to town.

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  • Italian Chain

    There is also a restaurant from a small chain of restaurants called Nonna Maria's in Oracle. I did not eat here either I opted for De Marco's to support the small businessperson. The locals I talked to said the food is good; but De Marco's is cheaper and more friendly. I just wanted to give you all the available options in Oracle I could.

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Oracle Warnings and Dangers

  • Rattle snakes

    Like everywhere also here in the outside of Biosphere2 there are rattle snakes. We were warned by the guide and I just want to pass the warning further to you. Myself I haven't seen any during the whole trip through the Southwest of the States.But to make it clear: There are NO snakes inside!

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  • Snakes on the pavement of Biosphere!

    This huge "Biosphere 2" is set in the middle of nowhere in Oracle, Arizona. The University of Arizona spent over 150 million dollars to build it --- but the natural habitat remains the same around it to maintain the ecosystem of the desert. So, sometimes it has unexpected visitors like huge bees we saw flying around, huge ants on the ground that...

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  • Lotta Bull

    Much of the area around Oracle, and indeed throughout Arizona, is open range. Don't be surprised if you have to share the road with this fellow. Use Caution.

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Oracle What to Pack

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  • What is the Biospehere 2?

    Well from what I got from the guide, Biosphere 1 is our very own EARTH...this Biosphere 2 was constructed between 1987-1991 in conjunction with University of Arizona.Biosphere 2 is a 3.15-acre (12,700 m2) structure originally built to be a man-made, materially-closed ecological system in Oracle, Arizona by Space Biosphere Ventures - a project...

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  • go and visit the Biosphere ...

    go and visit the Biosphere 2 Centre, OracleBiosphere 2 was privately constructed in the late 1980s to discover if eight people could sustain themselves in a sealed, energy-rich environment. The first two-year mission began in September 1991 and was followed by a second, shorter mission in 1993-1994.Following these experiments, the owners of...

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