The best camping near Roper Lake State Park

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Birds and Barrels Vineyards

6 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Willcox, AZ
Chad and Monica moved from the metro phoenix area to Willcox Arizona in the summer of 2015 with the goal of starting a vineyard and winery and living a simpler life in the country. Since moving to Willcox they have cleared 50 acres and planted over 6000 grape vines with more to plant coming soon. They fell in love with the spectacular views, the wildlife and the people. With spectacular sunrises and sunsets  and clear night skies its a beautiful place to live and visit. With a working vineyard and winery you can walk from your camp and buy a bottle of wine or just enjoy a glass on the large deck located at the tasting room that over looks the grain field and silos, orchards and vineyards. There is incredible history that surrounds the area including: Cochise and Geronimo's battle grounds against the US Calvery, the Butterfield Stagecoach routes and pony express trails, The battle of the OK Coral with the Earp Brothers nearby. Birds and Barrels Vineyards is located within one of the only two American Viticulture Areas(AVA's)  in Arizona. With over a dozen other wineries within a short drive, it makes for a enjoyable experience with family and friends.Learn more about this land:Located in the heart of Arizona Wine Country, the campsites over look the vineyard to the west and is surrounded by orchards and grain fields. Spectacular views of the Chiricahua's and Dos Cabezas Mountains. At 4300 feet cool evenings and warm days can be expected. Beautiful sunsets in the afternoons with crystal clear skies at night for star gazing abound. Hiking and biking are near by. Lots of Western History all around the area. Plenty of bird watching and wildlife to view. Within walking distance of the onsite winery /tasting room with many others near by.
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Bakers Akers

3 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Lordsburg, NM
Bakers Akers is located in what used to be Nebblett New Mexico but is now Virden New Mexico. The one room Nebblett school house was located on this property. Virden was settled by the Mormons when they were ran out of old Mexico by Poncho Villa. Kit Carson took this route guiding General Kearney and the Army of the west to California during the Mexican American war. It is now being discussed that Coronado may have come through this area also. The farm was used for breeding and training race horses. It is now a cow/calf operation. Learn more about this land: Camp on the Gila River amongst the century old Cottonwoods and Mulberry trees, with Bermuda grass carpeting. Plenty of shade to pitch a tent or park under. Wildlife abounds with deer, beaver, turkeys, javelina, and a large variety of birds. Located on a eighty acre cattle ranch. Quiet with great views of stars at night and majestic mountains in the day. The camp grounds are located beyond the cattle pastures and next to the Gila River. Fire pits available and plenty of wood to gather for burning. Eleven miles from the historic town of a Duncan Arizona, filled with little markets, craft store, antique shop, rock shop, and home town restaurants, if any needs arise or an itch needs scratching. With prior notice and extra fees a New Mexican dutch-oven dinner and hayride can be included.
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Paul S.’s Land

20 sites · Tents100 acres · Clifton, AZ
The hill to the west is Malpais Hill and was once a camp spot for Kit Carson, and later a farm for the famous Apache Chief Eskiminzin
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Original Back 40

4 sites · RVs, Tents47 acres · Willcox, AZ
Beautiful high desert hops farm. Breath taking sky, sunrise and sunsets views. Mountain vistas in every direction Learn more about this land: Beautiful high desert with unlimited sunrise, sunset and stars. Near Willcox, Arizona's wine country with wine festivals, tasting rooms. Stay for the rodeo, or the short drive to visit the Chiricahua and Pinleno Mountains. We grow hops, goji Berries, and exotic bamboos, enjoy sharing our land with us. Currently our Bathroom is not functioning, so only appropriate if you have on board facilities.
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Eureka Springs

4 sites · RVs, Tents46 acres · Willcox, AZ
Learn more about this land:There is level ground at the bottom near the horse corrals and paddock and water. There is a utility pole at the small half size shipping container with electric available
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Recharge at Quiet time Hill

17 sites · RVs, Tents26 acres · Willcox, AZ
Welcome to Quiet Time Hill 🌵 At Quiet Time Hill, we are dedicated to fostering the development of a sustainable and self-sufficient community. By employing regenerative practices in agriculture and livestock farming, we ensure a harmonious coexistence with Mother Nature. Furthermore, as we embark on this exciting journey, it's important to note that Quiet Time Hill is still in the process of development. We are channeling all the proceeds earned towards the growth and transformation of the charming Quiet Time Hill, which will soon blossom into the vibrant Naboria Village. By supporting us, you will play a vital role in bringing our vision to life and making a positive impact on both the local community and the environment. Together, we can create a haven where sustainable living and the beauty of nature seamlessly intertwine.
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The best camping near Roper Lake State Park guide



Imagine cowboys riding horseback and corralling cattle at this state park 5 miles south of Safford. This lake is just 32 acres, but it's prime real estate for getting away from it all. The surrounding desert hillsides offer places to explore and view the lake from above.

Dankworth Pond offers a unique way to relax after an active day on this former ranch. Check out the natural stone hot tub. The circular stone allows for several people to sit in the tub at once. Quiet afternoons or evenings offer a romantic setting.

Use the campgrounds at this lake as a base of operations for further exploring. Put in your small boat to catch bass or trout. Hike from here to Mount Graham off in the distance for high adventure among the Sky Islands. Guided bird hikes put you up close to native desert birds.

Choose from 45 RV sites with water and electricity. Five non-electric sites and a 14-site group camp area are great for tents. Glamp it up with eight cabins near the waterfront.

Notable campgrounds

  • Gila Campground: Offers spacious sites with stunning lake views, perfect for anglers and nature lovers.
  • Cottonwood Campground: Ideal for families, featuring playgrounds and easy access to the park's amenities.
  • Hacienda Campground: Provides a more secluded camping experience, with sites nestled amid lush vegetation.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak seasons, to ensure your spot at this popular destination.
  • Consider mid-week stays for better availability and a quieter camping experience.
  • Check for cancellations regularly as plans change and spots may open up unexpectedly.
  • Explore nearby camping options if Roper Lake State Park is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Roper Lake State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty is at its peak. Summer can be quite hot, and winter may have cooler temperatures, so plan accordingly.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for any alerts or closures before your visit.
  • Remember to pack plenty of water and sun protection, especially in the warmer months.
  • Be aware of local wildlife and follow guidelines to ensure a safe encounter.
  • Accessibility options are available; contact the park office for specific needs.
  • Facilities such as restrooms and picnic areas are provided for your convenience.

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