Roper Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide


Roper Lake State Park is a high-desert location that features an abundance of lake and natural activities. It's located about 124 miles from Tucson, and it sits close to the border with New Mexico. Inside the park, you'll find a 32-acre lake that was once a private recreation area, and there's also a 15-acre surface lake called Dankworth Pond, which is situated 3 miles away from the main park area. The nearest towns are Safford, Thatcher and Solomon. The weather at Roper Lake is pleasant much of the year with summer temperatures climbing to nearly 100 degrees, but in the colder months, temperatures can drop below freezing. July, August, September and October are the months with the highest precipitation (1-2 inches for each of these months).

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Spring 54-100 F
Summer 71-100 F
Fall 42-85 F
Winter 42-75 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Roper Lake State Park

If you like the idea of showing up to Roper Lake in an RV but don't have one of your own, then check out RVshare, the nation's leading RV rental site. Aside from Roper Lake State Park, you've also got the option of RV camping in a variety of nearby campgrounds and RV parks.

Safford RV Resort

Safford RV Resort is conveniently located just outside of Safford and only 11 minutes from Roper Lake State Park. It's a full-service RV park with lots of amenities. It's also close to lots of attractions.

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Laundry, volleyball, cable, community kitchen, rec room

Sunrise Village Mobile Home & RV Park

Sunrise Village Mobile Home & RV Park caters to both long- and short-term visitors. It's located in Safford about 15 minutes from Roper Lake State Park.

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Pool, hot tub, two rec buildings

Arcadia Campground

Arcadia Campground is located in the Coronado National Forest about 14 miles from Roper Lake State Park. There are 19 campsites that are shaded by large ponderosa pines, Gambel oaks and Arizona walnut trees, and the camping fees are $20 per vehicle.

• Water hookup: No (potable water available)

• Electrical hookup: No

• Sewer hookup: No

• Wi-Fi: No

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Picnic tables, vault toilets

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What to Do at
Roper Lake State Park

There are several activities in which you can participate at Roper Lake State Park. If you like water sports and are a fan of wildlife, then you'll thoroughly enjoy your stay at the park.

Inside Roper Lake State Park

• Wildlife galore: Bird-watching often provides spectators a glimpse of red-winged blackbirds, yellow-headed blackbirds, cardinals, mallard ducks, egrets and many more types of birds. Those who want to see other types of animals may catch glimpses of bobcats, rabbits, raccoons and coyotes. 

• Hiking: Roper Lake State Park features 5 miles of trails, including the Mariah Mesa Trail and the Fenceline Trail. The level of difficulty for all of the trails is easy.

• Boating: There's a small boat ramp at Roper Lake, which works best for small motorized vessels and those without motors. Many visitors enjoy fishing in Roper Lake from their boats.

• Swimming: The swimming beach allows visitors to swim and/or hang out in the sand.

• Picnicking: Plenty of picnic areas can be found throughout the park. Most of them have tables and barbecue grills and are shaded. There are also a few group picnic sites with large ramadas and multiple picnic tables.

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How to Get to
Roper Lake State Park

There's really only one way to reach Roper Lake State Park, which is by way of Highway 191. The 191 runs south out of Safford and north from I-10. Whether you're heading south or north on the 191, you'll take W. Roper Lake Road east, which will then lead you directly to the park.

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Entering Roper Lake State Park

Roper Lake State Park is open year-round, and the entrance fee varies. The park gates are closed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., and the visitor center and park store are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The holiday hours change slightly to 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Roper Lake State Park Per vehicle : $10.0

1-4 Adults

Roper Lake State Park Per Individual or Bicyclist : $3.0

Roper Lake State Park is a wonderful place to visit, especially if you like a little seclusion from big cities and lots of natural beauty. Don't forget to keep your camera at the ready as there are lots of chances to spot wildlife and lots of opportunities for downright fun. Please send RVshare some of your best shots to [email protected] so they can be added to the blog.

Frequently Asked Questions About Roper Lake State Park

What kind of wildlife can be found in Roper Lake State Park?

Roper Lake State Park is home to many unique wildlife species. Some of the animals found in the area include gray foxes, desert cottontails, mule deer, raccoons, coyotes, turtles, nine species of lizards, and over 60 species of birds.

What is the climate of Roper Lake State Park?

Roper Lake State Park has a very hot and dry climate. Summer temperatures can reach as high as 99 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter temperatures typically range from 29 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Roper Lake State Park?

There are 51 total campsites at Roper Lake State Park, and 45 of them are designated RV sites. All 45 of the campsites feature water and electrical hookups. There's an on-site RV dump station as well.

Are pets allowed at Roper Lake State Park?

Dogs are permitted at Roper Lake State Park, but there are certain regulations to follow. Dogs should be leashed at all times and kept away from restricted areas. This includes all park buildings.

What is the best time of year to visit Roper Lake State Park?

To enjoy the most comfortable conditions, you should visit Roper Lake State Park during spring or autumn. The weather should be warm enough for outdoor fun but not unpleasantly hot.