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Roper Lake State Park is just six miles south of Safford at 3130 feet. Enjoy desert vegetation, an accessible fishing dock and stunning views of Mount Graham. Roper Lake is stocked with Largemouth bass and Rainbow trout. Boats are limited to small electric motors, creating ideal conditions for a sailboard or a canoe.
There are five miles of hiking trails around Roper Lake, including the Mariah Mesa Trail, a wide trail through the desert up to the top of the mesa. The park also features a swimming area with a sandy beach and nearby Dankworth Pond. Take advantage of excellent bird watching and glimpse Gamble’s quail and heron.
We have 4 sites in the Cottonwood loop. Each site has water and electric hookup sites (20/30/50 amp), a fire ring, picnic tables & a shade Ramada. Cottonwood loop has a bathroom with hot showers. Most sites will accommodate a vehicle length of up to 45 feet and are back-in only. The park also has a RV dump station & visitor’s center with gift shop.
You can arrive anytime after 2 pm on Thursday, September 26th. You will receive your site number after you have registered & paid. Your well-behaved dogs are welcome but please follow park rules. Please view park rules HERE ahead of your arrival. Check out time on Sunday is Noon.
On Saturday, join us for dinner at the Branding Iron Steakhouse overlooking Safford.
Dankworth Pond is 3 miles south of the group site & is a quiet and peaceful spot. There is a path that winds around the pond, known as the Dos Arroyos Trail. Visitors to Dankworth Village, an example of an Indian living site, can follow self-guided tours to learn the history of the Native Americans from Paleo-Indians through to the Mogollon Hohokam Indians.
Things to do in the area: Mount Graham & Observatory, tour the Morenci Copper Mine, Dankworth Pond.
Your trip leaders will once again be Mountain Men Joe&Hans who can be reached at Roper@ComputerComprehension.com or 602-708-9691 (text only)