Roper Lake State Park, Arizona

8 03 2018

Roper Lake State Park, Site #5

Good Morning from Cactus Flat, AZ.

We’re parked in Site #5 at Roper Lake State Park, about 6 miles south of Safford, AZ.  The 45 electric and water sites are organized around two loops set on the banks of 30 acre Roper Lake which is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, catfish and rainbow trout.  The Hacienda loop sites provide 20/30A electric, water, fire rings and picnic tables.  The Cottonwood loop provides 20/30/50A service, water, fire rings and covered picnic tables.  Each loop also has a shower house providing hot showers.  There is a dump station near the park entrance.

Roper Lake State Park and Mount Graham

The drive across from Gold Canyon into the Gila River Valley along Highway 60 was impressive, both the beautiful landscapes as well as the immense copper mines around Globe.  A note for high profile rigs:  The Arizona Department of Transportation lists the Queen Creek Tunnel at 22 feet.  Recent lighting improvements have reduced the headroom to 13’6”.  This low clearance is not currently noted by RV navigation software.

Set at the base of snow covered 10,720 foot Mount Graham, this area of the Gila River Valley has long been known for substantial artesian waters.  Within the park the state has constructed a large concrete and stone hot tub that is constantly refilled by 100 degree water.

Satellite reception is good, but only 2 PBS channels are on the OTA lineup.  The park offers free WiFi and actually works quite well.  And the T-Mobile network offers full 4G LTE cellular service.

We’ll be here at Roper Lake two nights, and then onto Las Cruces.  More from there…