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Roper Lake State Park, Safford, Arizona | Hiking Arizona | Mountain Matron

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Roper Lake State Park, Safford, Arizona | Hiking Arizona

Our recent trip to Roper Lake State Park in Safford, Arizona was in March 2014. The weather was perfect and the park was splendid. The visitors were very friendly and the staff was incredibly patient and helpful. We stayed in a cabin offered in the Gila Loop Campground. The cabin loop is located closest to the ranger station and visitors center offering convenient access if needed. You can quickly and easily reserve a campground site through the State Parks Website. (link below).


This remarkable Arizona State Park is nestled right next door to the Pinaleno Mountain Range and really does have a little something for everyone. Offering several locations to cast a reel, dock a canoe, splash with the ducks and relax with the family. Roper Lake State Park has a gorgeous 30 surface acre lake directly center of the 338 acre alluring park area. This park preserves several miles of trails for hiking and includes nearby access for the Dankworth Ponds (separate entrance fee). You can find many options for camping and over night stays in the cabin campground loop. If you can’t stay for the night Roper Lake SP does offer a couple of Day Use lakeside options. Once you have completed your exciting day of fun you can relax and enjoy the unexpected natural hot springs near the Mariah Mesa Trail.


Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7.00

Individual/Bicycle: $3.00

Camping Non-Electric site: $15

Electric site: $25

Cabin Rental: $55+


Junior Ranger Program


Camping (Electric, water, cabins and tent sites available)

Visitors Center (Open year round)



Cabins (limited cabins allow pets)

Group Camping

Group Day Use Areas


If you can’t stay over night bring your kayak or canoe and have a picnic. This lake has calm waters for everyone to enjoy a nice day aboard. There is a lot to see and do here make plans to stay for a bit and enjoy the hiking in and outside the park. You can get to the nearby summit of Mount Graham if you're at all interested(the peak sits at 10,720ft). There are many interesting facts regarding the history of the area and I would encourage you to check it out.

Volunteers are needed through the summer months. Contact- Roper Lake State Park 

See Here- For Camping or Day Use Questions 

Disclosure: As with any outdoor activity you need to plan properly and adhere to all National, State and City ordinances. We only offer an insight to our own experiences and do not take any responsibility for you or any persons accompanying you on this or any outdoor recreation activities listed on this website or any other Mountain Matron Social Outlets.

Categories: Camping, Hiking

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