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Roper Lake State Park, Safford

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Roper Lake State Park is a state park of Arizona, surrounding 32acre Roper Lake. The park is located off U.S. Route 191, 5mi south of Safford, at the Gila River and Valley.The land for the park, formerly a ranch, was purchased by the state in 1972 in order to construct a reservoir.Roper Lake State Park includes a boat ramp, a natural stone hot tub, a beach for swimming, a picnic area, a campground, and cabins. The lake is stocked with bass and trout, and boats are limited to small electric motors. Hiking trails are available, and the park is an excellent place for birdwatching. This scenic park in southeast Arizona is in a beautiful location surrounded by the sky island PinaleƱo Mountains range, including Mount Graham.In another part of the park is Dankworth Pond, located about 3mi south. This 15acre pond also offers fishing, a picnic area, and hiking trails.Fish speciesRainbow TroutLargemouth BassSunfishChannel Catfish
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  • We usually go to Catalina State Park, but after we bought a new camper decided to try a new area. Several of our friends suggested this state park. Made our reservations easily over their website. Whe...  more »
  • Went to the lake for a business trip and I will be going back for leisure time next time...There are cabins near the lake front that seem to be a great place to stay... There are Rv spaces to stay at....  more »
  • Simply stated, this is a wonderful stop. It is everything you want is a peaceful environment. We stayed here for 14 days in Bass Cabin (it is perhaps the best location along with the other two cabins ...  more »
  • Beautiful area and peaceful campground to spend a long weekend at. Spaces are ample with a lot of space around them. Well paved; great for morning walks. Restrooms are very clean with modern fixtures. Sunsets are wonderful over Mt. Graham, which is the backdrop of the scenery. Mid February was chilly but being hooked up you'll be cozy. Great for bird enthusiasts too as it's a sanctuary.
  • Nice lake with an island beach. Natural hot spring tub is a nice bonus for the bones or to warm up if the lake is a little cold. We normally go to Patagonia lake but after finding this lil gem no more. One of the best parts is that boarder patrol doesn't hassle you as there are no check points. Its a beautiful drive from tucson on I10 to exit 352 then you follow az 191 n to a single lane each way you will pass dankworth pond state park wich has a hot spring n wadding pool. N you will turn right at dollar general and the lake entrance is on the right.
  • We camped at Roper for 2 nights in March 2016. We parked in Hacienda Loop, space 35, a pull-through space with water and electric, and very near the lake. It was chilly and windy, but we enjoyed our stay. The camp sites are level and spacious, the grounds are attractive and clean, and the wildlife is amazing! We will be back!
  • Overall not a bad place to camp but they need to figure out some things. First they confused our reservation with someone else's and sent us to the wrong spot, next there were bees all over their hot tub, and then the bathrooms were pretty run down as well (cold shower). The worst part was their dump station was closed so we had to find another spot to empty our tanks. We talked to the manager but she was unwilling to discount our current or future stays in their park system. For $28 per night it is what it is but I would expect more. Skip it.
  • Drove to Roper from Phoenix to check it out prior to towing my trailer down only to discover there is a tunnel on 60 that is only 13' 6". My trailer is 13' 9'. Plus the 60 is under major construction and lanes are extremely narrow. Not to mention flag men holding up traffic. The lake is extremely clean and quiet. Sites are very large. If you have a large rig.

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