Best Western Desert Inn

1391 Thatcher Blvd., Safford, Arizona, 85546, United States
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Roper Lake State Park

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Another attraction near Safford is the Roper Lake State Park and its annex Dankworth Pond. Roper Lake offers 30 surface acres of water for swimming, boating and fishing. Try it for sailboarding, canoeing or just plain relaxing. After hiking the trails, relax those tired bones in the natural stone hot tub. Enjoy the beauty of the day use island. Catch some of the fish that are regularly stocked in the lake. Make use of one of the three camping areas.

Dankworth Pond: Interpretive Signs

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One of the trails at Dankworth Pond State Park, the Dos Arroyos Trail, has interpretive signs explaining how Dankworth Pond came about and some of the terrain in the area. The trail is a little less than 2 miles long. Terrain features include:

Arroyo: An arroyo is a dry desert wash that only has water if there is enough runoff from melting snow in the mountains or during flash floods in monsoon season. An arroyo has a sandy bottom to aid the water in flowing down to the water table where vegetation can make use of it (see Photo 1).

Mesas: A mesa is a flat topped hill. They are formed when ancient lakes laid deposits of sandstone and caliche which hardened. As the lakes receded, the surrounding layers of silt were worn away by arosion leaving these flat formations. (Sorry no photo).

Mesquite Bosques: Mesquite trees are common in the Arizona desert. They have large tap roots that are good for finding the scarce water supplies. They provide food, shade and shelter for area animals and people (see Photo 2).

Riparian Areas: Riparian areas are only found around seasonal streams like this one. This seasonal stream forms in the winter from overflow from the pond and from runoff from mountain snows. Life clings to these small fragile areas (see Photo 3).

Seasonal Wetlands: Seasonal Wetlands also form in this area in the cooler winter months. Wading birds like herons and egrets sometimes winter here and turtles and frogs become active, then bury themselves in the mud during dry periods waiting for the next rain (see Photos 4 and 5).


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Address: 1391 Thatcher Blvd., Safford, Arizona, 85546, United States