Parks

 

Graham County has thousands of acres of land designated and maintained for recreational use. Enjoy the natural wildlife and landscape while fishing, swimming, camping, bird watching, hiking, picnicking, and much more. Each park is lush with natural wildlife and an amazing array of ecology—perfect for a relaxation or adventure.

 

 

 

 

Roper Lake

Roper Lake State Park

 

Roper Lake State Park provides a great place to spend a few days or...

 

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Roper Lake State Park provides a great place to spend a few days or just a few hours. Desert vegetation, a peaceful lake and a view of Mount Graham, just a few miles away, frames a beautiful picture for visitors to enjoy.

 

There are two different sections to the park: the main unit, Roper Lake, and the Dankworth Pond unit, three miles south. Roper has 30 lake surface acres, a boat ramp, natural stone hot tub, swimming, a day use island, beach and campsites. Dankworth Pond is 15 lake surface acres and was once a fish hatchery for rearing catfish. It has picnic ramadas, an Indian Village and a playground available.

 

Roper Lake State Park offers opportunities for fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, swimming, boating in small electric powered boats and sailboarding.

 

Roper Lake State Park is located in southeast Arizona. The park is about four miles south of Safford off U.S. Highway 19.

 

Contact Information:
Roper Lake State Park
101 E. Roper Lake Road
Safford, AZ 85546

928.428.6760

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Cluff Ranch

Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area

 

Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area was formed on December 28, 1949 when...

 

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Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area was formed on December 28, 1949 when the Arizona Game and Fish Department (Department) acquired 240 acres from the General Services Administration. The Department added 200 acres on September 18, 1967 and 308 acres on September 27, 1988 by patents from the Bureau of Land Management. These 748 acres were acquired at no significant cost to the Department. On March 18, 1985, the Department acquired the remaining 40 acres for $23,240 with funding associated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Federal Aid Program (Pittman-Robinson Wildlife Restoration Act). Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area is located five miles south of Pima on Ash Creek.


Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area lies at the base of the north slopes of the Pinaleno Mountains at an elevation of 3,000 feet. The topography is gently sloping and intersected by Ash Creek, with low-lying desert mesas extending from the mountain to the southern half of the area.

 

The 788 acre Cluff Ranch Wildlife Area includes:

1) cottonwood-willow riparian woodland habitat (28%) along Ash Creek which is well developed and represents vegetative communities originally found along the upper Gila River

2) agricultural fields (22%)

3) wetlands and ponds (1%)

4) upland habitat (49%)

5) Two impoundments totaling 14 surface acres with a capacity of 150 acre-feet, a water right for 1,223.48 acre-feet per year from Ash Creek with a 1912 priority date which is appurtenant to 137 acres of irrigated fields

6) three residence buildings, one office building, two storage buildings, two barns, one fuel storage area with three fuel tanks, fence, wells, ponds, ditches and pipelines.

 

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Muleshoe Ranch

Muleshoe Ranch Area

 

This area boasts rugged mountains, canyon streams, saguaro cactus...

 

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This area boasts rugged mountains, canyon streams, saguaro cactus, and mesquite bosques that are home to desert dwellers such as coati mundi, javelina, and a wide variety of neo-tropical migratory birds and native fish. The mosaic of public and private land, which includes the BLM's Redfield Canyon Wilderness, the U.S. Forest Service's Galiuro Wilderness, and The Nature Conservancy's Muleshoe Preserve, offers a diversity of remote recreational opportunities.

 

Contact Information:
Bureau of Land Management
711 14th Avenue
Safford,  AZ  85546
520.212.4295

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San Carlos

San Carlos Recreation & Wildlife

 

The San Carlos Apache Reservation is located in south-east Arizona...

 

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The San Carlos Apache Reservation is located in south-east Arizona and its 1.8 million acres comprise of seven biotic communities ranging from Rocky Mountain Montane Conifer Forest in the north to Sonoran Desert Scrub in the south.


We have excellent wildlife resources that   include Rocky Mountain Elk, Coues-White Tailed  Deer, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, Desert Big Horn Sheep, Javelina,  Pronghorn Antelope, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Wild Turkey, Predators  and other small game. Our Drylake and Hilltop trophy elk units are managed for older age structure and have produced some of the largest elk in the world. We also have Bighorn Sheep, Coues-White Tailed Deer, Black Bear and Pronghorn Antelope that are in record books. All Big Game Hunting is managed for quality by maintaining low hunter densities and limiting  permit sales. Big Game permits are issued on a first come first serve basis.


San Carlos also has excellent fishery resources that include both cold and warm water fisheries. When full, the San Carlos Lake is the largest lake in Arizona with 158 miles of shoreline and provides world class Largemouth Bass, Black Crappie, and Flathead Cafish.


The northern end of the Reservation holds our cold water fisheries which include Seneca Lake, Point of Pines Lake, Dry Lake, and the Black River. Here you can catch Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Small Mouth Bass, and sometimes the Apache Cutthroat Trout.

 

Contact Information:
P.O. Box 97
1.888.475.2344
928.475.2701

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Gila Box

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

 

Hot springs, river rafting, birdwatching, and miles of trails make...

 

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Hot springs, river rafting, birdwatching, and miles of trails make this National Conservation Area popular among those in the know. Bonita Creek wildlife viewing area is accessible and has numerous interpretive displays and shade shelters.


The 23,000-acre Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area is truly an oasis in the desert. It has four perennial waterways - the Gila and San Francisco rivers and Bonita and Eagle creeks, which are the lifeline for this remarkable place. The Gila River canyon section, known as the Gila Box, is composed of patchy mesquite woodlands, mature cottonwoods, sandy beaches, and grand buff-colored cliffs. Bonita Creek, popular for birdwatching, hiking, and picnicking, is lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores, and willows. The perennial creek and riparian vegetation make this a cool year-round desert oasis.


Cliff dwellings, historic homesteads, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and over 200 species of birds make this year-round watery desert refuge worth the short drive from Safford.

 

The Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area is located 20 miles northeast of Safford in Graham and Greenlee counties.

 

Contact Information:

Bureau of Land Management

Safford Field Office

711 14th Ave.
Safford, AZ  85546
928.348.4400

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