Safford Travel Guide

  • Roper Lake
    Roper Lake
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  • Gov Aker Observatory
    Gov Aker Observatory
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  • Graham County Court House
    Graham County Court House
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Safford Things to Do

  • Dankworth Pond: Lecture Area

    Roper Lake and Dankworth Pond State Parks hold occasional lectures about the history, animals and plant life of the area. These lectures are held at this covered lecture area. Consult the website for any scheduled lectures/programs.

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  • Dankworth Pond: Have a Picnic

    There is a picnic area near the parking area at the trailhead, and picnic tables scattered along the trail. There are also restroom by the parking area.

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  • Dankworth Pond: Interpretive Signs

    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...

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  • Dankworth Pond State Park

    Dankworth Pond State Park is a subcomponent of Roper Lake State Park. The fishing in the 15 lake surface acres is reported to be better than at Roper Lake. There is a playground for the kids, picnic areas, interpretive signs along the hiking trail and a very nice display showing Native American dwellings from the area throughout history. More...

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  • Roper Lake State Park: Hot Tub

    If you get tired from your hiking, fishing, boating and swimming at Roper Lake rest your tired bones in the hot tub. It is supplied by a natural hot spring; but is kinda small.

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  • Roper Lake State Park: Smell the...

    Feel free to take the time to smell the flowers. If someone with more botanical knowledge than me knows the name of this flower I'll add it to the tip. I just know it's pretty.

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  • Roper Lake State Park: The Island

    One ofthe most popular parts of the park is "The Island" (which is actually a peninsula). It has a small are were you can access the water, numerous picnic areas and a large group area.

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  • Roper Lake State Park: Visitor's Center

    Your first stop at Roper Lake State Park will be the Visitor's Center where you will pay your fee of $5 for a vehicle with up to 4 adults and where you can get a park brochure and other information about the area.

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  • Roper Lake State Park

    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....

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  • Discovery Park: Origins

    My favorite thing of all at Discovery Park was inside the observatory where they showed the stories of the origin of earth as told by various cultures. I will highlight each story in a travelogue soon.

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  • Discovery Park: Train

    The train is mostly a leftover from when the park was set up for kids. It still makes trips through the park on weekends.

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  • Discovery Park: Circle D Ranch

    The plan was to make the Circle D Ranch a recreation of a ranch from the late 1800s but when the university took the park over they just made it into an alternative classroom.

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  • Discovery Park: Deep Pond

    Also on the grounds of Discovery Parks are the deep pond which offers year-round observation of area wildlife and the shallow pond which is seasonal. Both ponds have short trails to them and bird blinds.

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  • Discovery Park: Gov Aker Observatory

    Also near Safford is the Discovery Park. Discovery Park is under the control of the Eastern Arizona University, and is designed to provide educational opportunities to learn about science. There were two main highlights for me. There is a nice deep water pond where you can observe the wildlife, complete with a bird blind. The most interesting thing...

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  • Victims Rights Memorial

    Inside the City Park they also have this small Victims Rights Memorial. Too often we forget the rights of the victims as we defend the rights of the accused.

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  • Firefighter's Memorial

    Inside the City Park is a very nice monument to area firefighters who have served protecting the public.

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  • Historic District: Post Office

    The post office has a very nice mural on the wall depicting the history of the area. It was painted by a well known local artist (sorry, I forgot his name) and is worth checking out.

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  • Historic District: City Hall

    This is the Safford City Hall. It was originally built as a school and when the new school was built the city took over the building. It has a small but pleasant park in front of it.

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  • Historic District: Women's Club

    The Safford Women's Club building was built in the 1920s and was designed by M. H. Strakweather. It is still in use as the Safford Women's Club today. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Historic District: George A. Olney...

    The George A. Olney House is a fine example of blending the Colonial Revival Style with touches from other styles. It is currently open as a bed and breakfast. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Historic District: Oddfellow's Building

    The Oddfellow's Home was built around 1900 in the Tudor Revival Style, and was designed by William Bray. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building currently houses a library and a museum.

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  • Historic District: Arizona Bank and...

    The Arizona Bank and Trust Building was built around 1900 using the Classic Revival Style, and was designed by H. O. Jaastad. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Southern Pacific Railroad Depot

    Another interesting building in the Safford Historic District is the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. It was built in 1928 using the Spanish Colonial Revival Style and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Safford Historic District: Court House

    Safford has a pretty nice Historic District. It is mainly along a 5 block expanse along Main Street. The first stop is the impressive Neo-Colonial brick building housing the Graham County Court House. The court house was built in 1916 at a cost of over $44,000. It still functions as a county office building today. There are 28 total sites on the...

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  • Get Information For Your Visit

    Most towns of any size have a Chamber of Commerce which serves as a Welcome Center or Visitor's Center to provide you with tips about what to see in the area, good restaurants and hotels and to help with whatever you need during your visit. Safford has a very nice one.

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  • Meet the Locals

    One of my favorite things to do anywhere I go is to meet the locals. This is Savannah, she was working at the hotel where I stayed.

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  • Cool off in hot weather

    If you ever been in south-eastern Arizona you know how hot it can get, when I was vacationing there I took my family to the Roper Lake State Park. It has a walking trail, barbeque pits , great picnic sites, a hot tub. It also has nice cabins that you can rent and places to fish and of course the cool lake with great views . it is inexpensive, i...

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Safford Restaurants

  • Good China Buffet

    The decor was about what you would expect for a Chinese buffet. Booths and tables with Chinese style paintings and travel posters. The buffet had a good selection to include some good seafood. I enjoyed all the seafood dishes like the mussels and the fish with different sauces.

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  • The Salsa Trail

    One of the things Graham and Greenlee (right next door) counties advertise is the so-called "Salsa Trail" a group of Mexican Restaurants in the area. One of them is El Charro. El Charro is located at 601 W. Main Street in a building built in 1900 to house the C.T. Reynolds and Jeters Mercantile Store. This building is number 4 on the list of...

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  • Good Chinese Food

    I ate here while staying in Safford. The decor was normal for a restaurant of this type. The waitress was pretty friendly and efficient. Jumbo is open until 8 daily and has a buffet from 11 to 3. Not much to set it apart from the rest; but if you want some good Chinese food at a decent price it's worth a stop. I had the Hunan Three Delights. It...

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Safford Warnings and Dangers

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    by Basaic Written Jan 7, 2009

    Always remember as you hike around Discovery Park; Roper Lake State Park; Dankworth Pond State Park; or any other outdoor area around Safford that Arizona is also home to rattlesnakes, tarantulas, scorpions and other wildlife you should avoid. Pay attention to the warning signs.

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Safford Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing at Roper Lake

    I did not try the fishing myself; but I saw several people catching fish and the ones I talked to said the fishing is good here. You can fish from a boat, the shoreline, or a dock.

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  • Hike at Roper Lake

    There are a few trails that lead from the camping areas to the lake but they aren't really hiking trails. The only real hiking trail is the Mariah Mesa Trail. It leads up a slight rise to a mesa (a flat plateau) that offers some decent views of the lake and the area around the park. The trail is not very long and is fairly easy. There is also a...

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