Sunday, January 1, 2012

Roper Lake State Park, Arizona

December 15, 2011 - We left City of Rocks in New Mexico, and drove about 200 miles to Roper Lake State Park 6 miles south of Safford, Arizona. Again we had a nice site with hookups - and if the lake had had sufficient water, we would have had a waterfront site.  However, we were dismayed to learn that the water level was extremely low and no trout had been planted for months.  The main reason we came to this park was so Don could fish - so we stayed 2 nights and got a refund for 2 more.

The best thing about this park was the view to the west of Mt. Graham and the PinaleƱo Mountains. Most of the time they had clouds around the top.

Our view to the west the day we arrived.

You can see the lake - which would be much closer if it had more water

No need for the float tube here!

I believe the lights are from the Safford Copper Mine

A belated post from our NM/AZ trip

After our stay in Alamogordo, we left on December 12, hoping to have a leisurely trip towards home. Our first stop was City of Rocks State Park, about 30 miles northwest of Deming. We intended to spend a day in Silver City, but it rained all day and was totally miserable. We stayed at City of Rocks for 3 nights, and our last day there enjoyed sunny weather and a nice hike among the rocks.

Dreary day - view from our site.

Sites here are large and have electricity, water, grill, and covered table.

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This jackrabbit thought that if he froze, we couldn't see him.

Sunny day!  Cook's Peak in the distance.

Taking a hike through the rocks.

A little observatory. All the campsites are named for planets and constellations.

The first of several metates we saw.

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There were 6 metates in this rock, and one had been worn completely through.

Looking across the top of the City of Rocks.