|Roper Lake State Park
Although this park was scheduled to close March 29, 2010, attempts are being made to save it. Pending Commission approval, the Arizona Game and Fish Department will provide financial assistance to keep Roper Lake State Park open.
At the foot of Mount Graham, on a tributary of the Gila river, this 400-acre state recreation park offers fishing, camping, hiking, picnicking and swimming. A level fishing pad has been provided for wheel-chair fishing access. Crappie is a favorite catch at nearby Dankworth Ponds. Natural hot springs provide a unique way of relaxing in a rock-lined pool created by park rangers. The photo to the left shows the endangered Mount Graham Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis , photo A09O from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo library.) You can download this and many other interesting animal photos at http://images.fws.gov/
The park has seventy-one camping sites, restrooms, showers, and waste disposal facilities. Camping stays are limited to fifteen days. Non-fishermen can enjoy hiking, swimming and picnicking. Only electric motors are allowed on the lake and the ponds. Exit the interstate (I-10) at exit 355 or 352, between Bowie and Willcox. Go north about 30 miles on highway 191. The park is four miles south of Safford. (928) 428-6760. Daily entrance fee is $4 for a car containing up to 4 adults. Individuals/bicycles, $1. Camping is $10 for a campsite and $15 for a hook-up site. All camping in state parks is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pets are allowed but you should keep them on a leash and observe any other regulations which may apply.
There is also camping in the Pinaleno mountains of the Coronado National Forest, west of highway 191 on highway 366.