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Roper Lake State Park, Safford

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Roper Lake State Park is a state park of Arizona, surrounding 32-acre (130,000 m2) Roper Lake. The park is located off U.S. Route 191, 5 miles (8.0 km) 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 beach for swimming, a picnic area, a campground, cabins, and a hot spring. The lake is stocked with bass and trout, and boats are limited to small electric motors. Hiking trails are available, and the park is a place for birdwatching. This scenic park in southeast Arizona is in a beautiful location surrounded by the sky island Pinaleño Mountains range, including Mount Graham.

In another part of the park is Dankworth Pond, located about 3 miles (4.8 km) south. This 15-acre (61,000 m2) pond also offers fishing, a picnic area, and hiking trails.
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  • This is a great state park. Even in June, there are trees for shade. The rangers are helpful and friendly. We stayed in site 30. There was a huge space for tents and running around. This is close to....  more »
  • Very quiet campground even though it was full. We had the beach to ourselves most of the time. The water is quite low so there is plenty of beach. Super shallow beach area, great for small kids to...  more »
  • Hot tubs!!!!! This man-made lake is great for boating. Water skiing anyone? Picnic areas abound. Then (drum roll please) there are the hot tubs. Formed using the natural hot springs. Oh yeah. Use sun-screen!!! And re-apply it every 2 hours or so.
  • Nice place to take the children

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